If I say the words “rotary hammer,” what do you think? Big, right? Big and burly. Mean. Like twist-your-arm-off mean, I bet. Hell, I wrote about one for PopSci back in 2009 under the title “The Meanest Drill.” As we’ve always discovered here at Toolmonger, though, not everyone has exactly the same needs when it comes to tools. After looking into the needs of electricians and commercial remodelers (among others), Milwaukee thought, “Wow, these people have a lot of our M12 gear, and they could use something capable of dealing with masonry and drilling pretty big holes.” Hence, they’ve created what you see above, which is a hell of a lot smaller than it looks. It’s an M12 rotary hammer, and it’s just 9″ long and weighs just about 4 lbs.
It’s a 1/2″ model, and it delivers 0-800 no-load RPM with 0-5,350 BPM hammering. You can turn off the rotational motion for hammer-only to use it as a chipper. Of course, you’re not going to get day-long sessions out of a little M12 battery. Milwaukee claims about 55 holes per charge, which we’re going to guess are at the model’s 1/2″ rated capacity.
It’ll be on shelves later this year in both tool-only and kit form, but we don’t have pricing yet.