Makita BHR 261 SDS+ Hammer Drill - More Energy Than a Corded Drill

Just landed in the Toolstop warehouse are the 2 versions of the Makita BHR261 36 Volt SDS+ Cordless Hammer Drill.

There's the BHR261RDE with the straightforward SDS+ chuck and then theres the BHR261TRDE with a quick change chuck which allows you to snap off the SDS+ chuck and bang on a standard chuck for your standard drill bits.

We tested this machine last year when we were treated to a demonstration of many of the new tools in the Makita range. As you will see in the video below the drill is capable of producing 3 joules of energy which is more than a 2-kilo hammer.

A great feature of this drill is the anti vibration technology. The handle is set on a spring which dramatically reduces the vibration through the hands and the centre of gravity is set near the handle to make this hammer drill very comfortable to the operator and reduces fatigue which in turn lengthens the time you will be happy using the machine.

The 36 volt lithium ion batteries are what makes this drill so powerful. They allow the hammer drill to surpass some of Makita's mains powered hammer drills and with 22 minutes charging time they'll be fully charged and ready to go in as much time as it takes to get a cup of tea.

Other features include the softgrip handle, 3 modes (standard drilling, chiselling or hammer drilling), LED light (with afterglow) for working in badly lit areas and a torque limiter for better operator protection.

Watch the video to see the machine in action and let us know your thoughts in the comments box. Is this the best cordless hammer drill yet? Do the Bosch or Dewalt equivalents match the Makita? Or is there another hammer drill on the market you would prefer to use and why?

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