BHC 18 Cordless Hammer Drill review

19th September, 2014

Author: Matt Page - Building Contractor Magazine


The Germans nailed this one on the head


Check out this review of Festool BHC 18 Cordless Hammer Drill by Matt Page from Building Contractor magazine.

Festool – you know as soon as you receive a tool from these guys it is going to be something pretty special. They are known for high quality German designed, innovative and more importantly high-end finishes and reliability that makes their tools a pleasure to work with. I was sent a Festool lithium-ion SDS+ 18V hammer drill. I opened the strong and sturdy Festool Systainer case and found that on first pick up the drill is lightweight, well-balanced and the handle moulds nicely.

I found some concrete and brick and started test drilling 12mm holes. You can instantly feel the power of the brushless motor but it’s the control you have with these drills that’s amazing. It creates perfect, accurate holes that you control with the variable trigger. I’ve been fitting off wall lights and heated towel rails into some pretty expensive one-sheet tiles recently so the BHC 18 was a winner for these applications. Once you take it off hammer mode you can drill into the tile fast and controlled.

The dust nozzle was a cool feature I noticed while drilling into concrete above my head, which kept the dust out of my face and off the floor. The internal vibration suspension also reduced vibration and gave the drill more control.

The quick tool chuck and adapter changeover were also great features. I changed from SDS bits to a speed bore for timber in less than 10 seconds and was soon drilling through timber and flooring.

The Festool BHC 18 is a fantastic hammer drill, which is very well engineered. It’s built for performance and built to last. I highly recommend trying one out especially for delicate fit-off work that needs a precise, well-controlled drill.
 
ARTICLE CRITERIA
BUILDING HAND TOOLS
STAR RATING
BALANCE Very well-balanced tool ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
DESIGN Great design, great features and great accessories ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ERGONOMICS Feels great in your hand – for long periods too! ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
SPEED Very fast, controlled drilling ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
BATTERY RUN TIME Batteries last a long time. 4.2 amp/h with brushless motor ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
RECHARGE TIME Fast battery recharge ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
TORQUE 10/25NM ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
VIBRATION Vibration is soaked up very nicely with suspension ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
EASE OF OPERATION Very easy to use, changeover bits, and pack away in box ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
ACCESSORIES Rubber frame, side handle, depth stop all fit very well into an organised case
with a photo of how it all packs away nicely into the Systainer. There is also
space in the Systainer for optional extras: charger, batteries, SDS adapter and
drilling dust nozzle
 
OVERALL LIKES All of the above!  
OVERALL DISLIKES This drill is a little more expensive... I guess you get what you pay for!
Definitely worth it.
 

Overall Star Rating ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

 

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