Makita BHR243RFEV 3-Mode Cordless Hammer - a Toolstop REVIEW
Posted by Mark Hunter - June 17, 2013
Rotary hammers are essential pieces of kit if you need power, the ability to use larger bits and you want to get the job done quickly and safely.
We put the Makita BHR243RFEV 3-mode rotary hammer drill into hands of Wayne Burgess and Neil Bradbury of Avalon Building and asked them to test it and give us their thoughts on the benefits of owning one. And we've got a video of the guys testing and using the drill below. Keep reading.
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In this review we'll cover the following features and benefits of the BHR243RFEV:
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The kit we sent to the guys to test and review was the Makita BHR243RFEV 18V li-ion SDS+ Brushless 3 Mode Rotary Hammer, Quick Change Chuck + DX02 Dust Extraction System and you can get full details - and our best price - by clicking this link.
In the box you get:
- Quick Change Chuck
- 22 minute Makstar charger with built in fan
- 2 x 3.0Ah li-ion battery cartridges with 5x lower self-discharge (for use any time) and 16 firm-holding contact terminals (for constant high power)
- Carry case
- Depth gauge
- Side handle
- HEPA filter
The provision of 2 batteries with this drill is going to be a huge time-saver for you on the jobsite, as we'll come to later.
We've covered the advantages of brushless motors several times, for a quick reminder of the benefits owning brushless motor-powered tools will bring you, click here.
To handle what you're likely to through at the 3-mode functionality of the BHR243, it's important that the motor can deliver.
Brushless motors have less moving parts, run coolerand as a result, draw less charge from the battery. The brushless motor fitted by Makita in the BHR243 is, according to Makita's claim, going to give you around 30% longer runtime per battery charge.
Asides from the obvious benefits of the brushless motor, another key feature to consider is the supplied HEPA filter.
According to Makita, this is widely regarded as the ultimate filter that traps all sizes of particles with an efficiency rating of 99.75%.
Who needs a filter like this?
Simply anyone who works in an environement where dust is tightly controlled. That would include schools and hospitals. But also within homes; drilling holes for a curtain rail in a customer's living room will produce much unwanted dust.
Instead, using the HEPA filter fitted to the Makita BHR243 you won't need to put down dust sheets, haul in a dust extractor or spend an annoying amount of time afterwards cleaning up.
Neil tested the BHR243 in his own home and noted that he only need to give the window sill beneath where he was drilling a quick wipe with a cloth. The HEPA filter had efficiently captured and stored all of the dust created while he drilled.
To see this being demonstrated, watch our video below.
Any kind of drilling produces vibrations. Vibration is even more of an issue when using the 3-modes of the Makita BHR243; hammer drill and chiselling produce even more vibaration!
This is ably handling on the BHR243 via two methods:
- vibration control
We'll cover ergonimics later in this article.
On the BHR243, the tool body is separated into upper and lower housings at the foot of the handle portion.
At these two points the body is joined using vibration absorbing cushions. These cushions help to absorb vibration that would be harmful to you, the operator, and also the battery, protecting it from battery failures such as terminal breakage or poor electrical contact.
As you'll be holding a drill like this for long periods of time, perhaps even above shoulder height, well designed ergonomics should be an important feature for you to consider.
All of the key benefits you'd expect to find are present on the Makita BHR243:
- Easy-to-grip handle
- Ergonomically designed to give maximum power thrust
- Provides a sure and comfortable grip in any operation; overhead application, drilling with palm-up or palm-down grip
Watch our demo video below to hear what Wayne thought about how these excellent ergonomics will improve you work day.
A drill that's well designed is only useful to you on the jobsite if it delivers the power needed to get the job done.
Makita claim that the BHR243 is "able to drill in concrete as fast or faster than 24V Cordless Combination Hammer model BHR200".
Here's the spec that you'll get from the BHR243 once you take it out of the box and slot a charged battery into it:
|Drilling into Steel
||Drilling into Wood
||Drilling into Concrete
||No Load Speed:
||Blows Per Minute
||Single impact energy
Of course all of this power, all of this funcationality from the 3-modes, all of this efficiency from the motor is all completely depended on the power source.
As the Makita BHR243 is a cordless tool, the power comes from the supplied 18v 3.0Ah lithium-ion batteries. Click to read our story from Makita about their batteries and why 2x 3.0Ah is better than 1x4.0Ah!
Makita says these batteries are charged in around 22 minutes, and with the motor giving you up to 30% more run-time per charged battery, this could be the ideal set-up for you; one battery on charge, the other in the tool, ready to swap out when you need to.
Our video review contains the thoughts on these batteries from the guys who tested the BHR243 for us.
Click here to watch it on Toolstop TV, or use the player below:
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