Hammer Drill Vs Regular Drill

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There are a huge variety of different styles of drill on the market. So, when choosing one to add to your kit, which should you opt for and why? In this blog post, we’ll explain the difference between a hammer drill and a regular drill, the benefits of each and which one you should use for which applications.

What is the difference between a hammer drill and a regular drill?

There are some key similarities between the two types of drill, though there is one main function that differentiates them.

What is a regular drill?

The standard drill, sometimes known as a drill driver, is designed to drill holes and drive fasteners into materials like wood, metal, and plastic. The chuck will accept both drill and screwdriver bits to allow it to do so. They operate with a rotary motion and usually feature reverse rotation for removing screws. Use this type of drill for all standard drilling and driving applications such as to build furniture, hang picture frames, drill holes, and more.

The standard drill can handle a lot of situations, though they are typically aimed at more every day, light duty drilling tasks.

What is a hammer drill?

A hammer drill operates in exactly the same way as a standard drill, only it has 3 functions rather than 2. These include drilling and driving (the same as a standard drill) with the addition of hammer action. 

What is hammer action on a drill?

In a standard drill, the chuck simply rotates to allow you to drill and drive into different materials. Hammer action does also that, but whilst the drill bit rotates, it delivers concussive blows to the drill bit, like a hammer, to assist in the drilling of tougher materials.

Hammer action makes hammer drills able to drill in much tougher materials than standard drills, such as concrete and masonry. Whilst a regular drill might be able to drill in concrete, they are not specifically designed for this purpose, and doing so may cause damage to your tool. Hammer drills contain this function for a reason, allowing them to power through these tougher materials quickly and with ease.

Hammer mode is only really essential in heavier-duty drilling tasks. So, if this is not something you do on a regular, a standard drill will suffice. However, it’s important to note that most of the time, hammer action on a drill can be switched off, allowing the tool to perform exactly the same as a standard drill.

A hammer drill is essentially the same as a standard drill, with the added benefit of hammer action.

why choose a regular drill if a hammer drill is pretty much the same but better?

Well, with hammer function comes additional costs. Hammer drills are often more expensive than standard drills because they have the ability to perform more tasks and 90% of the time are heavier in weight. In order to deliver more power, you often need larger batteries and more power output, all of which adds up, too.

There are a few different types of hammer drills on the market. SDS plus drills, SDS max drills, and more. You can check out our blog post on SDS drills where we go into more detail.

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Itamar Ben-Dor has been in the home improvement business for over 25 years. Itamar Ben-Dor is a jack of all trades. He's worked in the renovation field for years, doing everything from locksmithing to carpentry. He's a small repairs specialist. But his true passion lies in furniture construction and renovation - he loves seeing old pieces come back to life with some new woodwork or a fresh coat of paint.

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Itamar Ben Dor
Itamar Ben Dor

My father is a practical engineer, and as a hobby he was also involved in construction, renovations, carpentry and woodwork at home; So there was always tools, saws, drills and more at home. Already I was a little kid Dad and I would renovate the house. Once we built a shed for garden tools, once we did flooring for the garden, once we renovated the bathroom and that’s the way it is. Long before there was an internet, directories and plans. We would build things, kitchen cabinets, install electrical appliances, do flooring, pour concrete and more ... I in this blog want to pass on to you the experience I have gained over the last 20 plus-minus years since I was a child to this day and give you information about the best tools, project plans, guides and more.