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Makita’s 18v Li-Ion Brushless 1″ Rotary Hammer is a mouthful to say and even more interesting to look at, especially the unique profile created by the vacuum slung under the bottom of the 10-lb. rotary hammer. The unit has two motors — one for the drill and the other for the vacuum — and is built to catch concrete dust on a jobsite.

What’s interesting about this setup is the vacuum is detachable so you still have a very capable rotary hammer on your hands if you should choose to do without. Plus the charge will last a little longer without spinning two motors. But for jobs where dust or particles are a concern, we can actually see this helping. The boot that shrouds the bit looks like it does a good job of catching most of the debris, and the vacuum only kicks on when the drill is in motion.

With the rush to provide brushless and high-life batteries to tools, this is a pretty common sight now. It’s just a matter of pairing the different options with the newer tech and coming up with a more powerful experience for the end user. In this case, Makita is coupling their best Li-Ion 18v battery with a more powerful brushless motor that uses less energy (as brushless tends to do) with an already-solid rotary hammer platform, and tacking the vacuum with a HEPA filter inline for good measure. It sounds like a good recipe to us.

Makita also lists some of the other bells and whistles:

  • Variable speed trigger enables user to match the speed to application for greater versatility.
  • Multiple Chisel Positions has 40 different positions to align tool more comfortably with the application.
  • Torque Limiting Clutch prevents gear damage by automatically disengaging gears if the bit binds.
  • Sequential Impact Timing provides timed hammering during rotation to minimize overlapping bit impacts resulting in up to 50% faster drilling.
  • Jobsite tested shock absorbent handle protect the battery housing for extra durability.
  • LXT Lithium-Ion battery and Rapid Optimum Charger produces 430% total lifetime work with 3x more cycles
  • LXT Lithium-Ion battery provides longer run time, 5x lower self-discharge (for use any time) and 16 firm holding contact terminals (for constant high power)
  • 30-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger communicates with the battery’s built-in chip throughout the charging process to optimize battery life by actively controlling current, voltage, and temperature
  • 30-Minute Rapid Optimum Charger has a built-in fan to cool the battery to produce more lifetime work
There have been other hammers with dust collection and other brushless tools, so this isn’t a revolution in tool design. But Makita is doing the smart thing by using all the weapons they have in the arsenal and deploying them across the line of current products to make them both more attractive to the consumer and tougher to steal sales from in their segment.
Street pricing sits at around $550 for the LXRH011 kit, which consists of the hammer istself, vacuum, a battery, charger, and soft-side toolbag.

7 Responses to Makita 18v Li-Ion Brushless 1″ Rotary Hammer

  1. Jerry says:

    Ooops! A “detectable” vacuum? I hope it is also “detachable.”

  2. Sean O'Hara says:

    Once again the foul gods of spelling curse me with their wrath. (Read: Nice Catch!)

    • Dave D says:

      “Once again the foul gods of spelling curse me with their wrath.” And they mock us with their spell checkers!

  3. Eric R says:

    Pretty cool tool.

  4. Larry says:

    I just did a search of this blog for “drill press”. Know what? No actuall drill presses showed up! Only something about a shop smith and various drill bits of one sort or another and some portable tools but no drill presses. Why not? A drill press is a tool right? There are several brands/styles available out there. Which one is the best?; worst?; best bargain? etc. I’m kinda needing one and was disappointed that TM hadn’t written any of them up one way or another. Also, I need this information pretty quick and this post would be best put up on the 2012 area but I see no link to “last” post. I know there has to be a way to get there, I just haven’t found it! A little help? A link? Guys?

  5. Larry says:

    Please disregard the last few sentances of my last post. I figured it out thanks!

  6. Larry says:

    Would sure save some embarrassment if there were a way to edit posts after posting!

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