One of the most common mistakes I see, and have admittedly done in the past, is trying to get away with using a wood bit to drill through concrete. I know, it is not the smartest thing to do, but we justify it by saying, well…it’s an old bit anyway, I just need to drill just one hole, or even, I have no choice since I don’t have the proper tools to drill through concrete.
Whatever the reason, it is clear that we all know/knew what we were doing was far from ideal. Not only can it be dangerous since the steel bit can break and become a flying object, but the end result can put real damage on the drill, not to mention not even achieving the goal of drilling a hole.
Using tools should be an extension of you. Feeling the power of the tool and knowing that it is working well provides you with the confidence that the tool is doing the job. If you misuse and overwork the drill, its motor can begin to overheat and give up on you. A tool which is used for the purpose of another task is not likely to stand up well in the long run. Therefore, it is important to use the correct tools for the correct tasks.
The hammer drill does not make its appearance too often for most home improvement tasks or projects. At times, it can be over a year before I see it again. I can only image that most people do not have a hammer drill in their shop, let alone masonry bits.
Although not needed for everyday tasks, when they are needed, hammer drills do a job that no other tool can do properly. Its hammer function, customized bits for drilling concrete, and its power allow for easy drilling and long life for both the drill and the bits. It is a worthwhile purchase if you keep in mind that the alternatives are either hiring a contractor to perform this simple task or risk the life of your standard drill and bits.