Makita HR2811FT-1 SDS+ Rotary Hammer Drill - Perfect for Plumbers and Electricians

When you're chiseling, chipping and drilling concrete and masonry, you don't want to mess about. You want a tool that's adaptable to the jobs you need to do, is robust enough to give you a great return on your investment and is going to keep you healthy.
makita hr2811ft 1 sds hammer drill

That's where Makita's HR2811FT-1 SDS+ comes in - click to shop now.

Not only is it packing loads of power, but it comes with a pack with 16 chisels! In this guide we're taking a look at the spec of the drill and the advantages of owning an SDS+ rotary hammer with a quick change chuck.

But first, watch our exclusive video demo on Toolstop TV.

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Makita HR2811FT-1 SDS+ Rotary Hammer Drill - What's the Spec, Features and Benefits

makita hr2811ft-1 kit

Right out of the supplied carry case, you've got a tool that's ready to work, complete with 3 packs of D-03888 SDS+ drills and a D-08735 chisel. The latter benefits from induction hardening which extends the life of the chisel by around 30%, while the former give you great drill speeds while being precision ground making them fantastic for any masonry drilling applications. And that's in part due to the solid carbide tip with centering point and optimised flutes.

A key consideration when you upgrade your SDS+ rotary hammer drill is vibration.
makita rotary hammer vibration control

The HR2811FT-1 offers you 2.9 joules of impact energy while managing the hand/arm vibration via comfortable dampening in the handle, provided a vibration K factor of just 1.5M/sec2.

On top of that, the housing is rubberised which both protects the drill from knocks and bumps, but also gives you a comfortable experience in the hand. And this is a must if you're using the HR2811FT-1 throughout the day.

The handle is D-shaped which also adds to how comfortable the drill is to use.

Modes, Handles and Chucks

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A three-mode SDS+ hammer drill is made special by - in part - the 3 modes available! You'll be drilling into wood easily and up to 32mm and steel up to 13mm when in rotary only mode. Turn the mode selector to rotary hammer and you'll be able to drill TCT bits up to 28mm and cores up to 80mm. And because this is a 3-mode drill, you also have the ability to chisel.

makita hr2811ft-1 chiseling

Heavier chiseling is where the HR2811FT-1 is in its element, making full use of the 2.9 joules and the 4,500 blows per minute to blast through any chasing or chipping work you're doing.


To help keep the drill under control when you're drilling, you need to fit the supplied side handle. On top of that, Makita has engineered into the motor a torque control feature. This will prevent the bit from snagging when you drill, a hugely useful and vital feature on such a powerful tool.

And then we come to the supplied quick change chuck. Primarily you'll be using this with the SDS+ chuck as SDS+ bits are best for hammer functionality due to the way the bit moves within the chuck, counteracting the hammer action of the drill.

makita sds+ chuck

However, you can quickly pop off the SDS+ chuck and fit the supplied standard chuck which will allow you to promptly fit wood or metal drill bits, meaning this is a fantastic all-round drill for electricians and plumbers, for example.

Overall, we're well impressed with this addition to Makita's strong stable of SDS+ rotary hammer drills, and the kit - available here - has everything you'll need to get to work today. What's your thoughts on it? Let us know in the comments section below.

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