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Hilti 18V Cordless vs Milwaukee, Dewalt, Makita, Bosch & Metabo

Hilti 18V Cordless

Recently we have done a handful of cordless comparison tests in the most popular pro 18V tool categories which Hilti was not originally involved in (we simply were not able to get the tools for testing). Hilti is a professional tool brand, well respected in the industry so we definitely think they should have a seat at the table when comparing professional cordless tools. Finally we got our hands on these 3; Hilti 18V Hammer Drill SFH 18-A, 18V Reciprocating Saw WSR 18-A and 18V SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer TE 4-A18 with 5.2Ah batteries. We ran them through the identical tests as the Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Metabo and Milwaukee tools only a few weeks earlier. Here is what we found.

Hilti 18V Hammer Drill SFH 18-A ($419 kit with 2x 5.2Ah)


The Hilti 3-speed 18V Hammer Drill SFH 18-A does not appear to be a brushless model (no schematics on any Hilti tools) with only 743 in-lbs torque, reported from Hilti, it rates as the lowest torque output of any of the high performance hammer drill in our recent 18V Cordless Hammer Drill Comparison. Price for the rest of the hammer drills also look to be below $300, many with extra deals for the holidays (free batteries, special discounts, etc).

Manufacturer Torque Reported: Bosch HDH181X – 752 in-lbs, Dewalt DCD995 – 650 UWO(best guess 800 in-lbs), Makita XPH07 – 1,090 in-lbs, Metabo SB18LXT – 797 in-lbs, Milwaukee 2704 – 1200 in-lbs.

That being said Hilti has launch a new high output 4 speed Drill/Driver SF 10W-A18 ($459) which may be brushless (not reported) and has a torque output of 1,062 in-lbs. Currently there is not a Hammer Drill Counterpart to this tool, perhaps for next year’s test they will have something ready.

We ran the Hilti Hammer Drill SFH 18-A through the same tests – 5x holes 31/64” through ¼” steel, then ¾” self-feed bits and 1-3/4” hole saws until the battery died. The results look like this:

Hilti Cordless Hammer Drill

Hilti SFH 18-A (5x 31/64” steel): 6:36

PREVIOUS TEST POWER/SPEED: Bosch 6:44, Dewalt 6:21, Makita 5:57, Metabo 5:45, Milwaukee 5:01

Hilti SFH 18-A (wood drilling): 40 (20 small/20 big)

PREVIOUS TEST BATTERY LIFE: Bosch 39 (20 small/19 big), Dewalt 39 (20 small/19 big), Makita 57 (30 small/27 big), Metabo 80 (40 small/40 big), Milwaukee 72 (40 small/32 big)

Numbers came in pretty close to the Bosch which makes sense as they are both brushed tools with very similar torque ratings. Hilti Hammer Drill with battery was 6.35 lbs. Hilti & Dewalt are only hammer drills in the test with have 3 speeds (rest have 2), so not sure how/if this factors into either of these tests.

Hilti 18V SDS-Plus 1” Rotary Hammer TE 4-A18 ($709 kit with 2x 5.2Ah)

Hilti Cordless Rotary Hammer

The Hilti 18V SDS-Plus TE 4-A18 has also been on the market for longer than some of the other competitors in the recent Cordless SDS-Plus Rotary Hammers Comparison. With Hilti’s manufacturer rating of 1” capacity, impact force of 1.5 Ft-lbs, 0-1090 RPM and 0-5200BPM the power output on this unit looks to be lower-middle of the pack vs other units we tested.

Manufacturer Torque Reported: Bosch RHH181 – Not Reported, Dewalt DCH273 2.1 Joules (roughly 1.54 ft-lbs), Makita 18V XRH01Z 1.9 Joules (roughly 1.40 ft-lbs), Makita 36V XRH05 3 Joules (roughly 2.21 ft-lbs), Metabo KHA18LTX 2.2 Joules (roughly 1.62 ft-lbs), Milwaukee 1” 2712 (not tested) 1.7 ft-lbs & Milwaukee 1-1/8” 2715 3.3 ft-lbs. (** Joules to ft-lbs estimate according to Google conversions)

Price is again significantly higher than the competition; Dewalt 20V Max DCH273P2 ($529), Milwaukee FUEL M18 2715-22 ($549) or even Makita 36V with an Impact Driver Combo XT258PM ($599). Hilti also has a lot of their 36V SDS-Plus 1-1/8” Rotary Hammer TE 30-A36 ($1,839) out in the market which rates at 2.7 ft-lbs (3.66 Joules) but uses their larger 36V battery platform which is not compatible with the 18V batteries like the Makita.

We tested the Hilit 18V rotary hammer exactly the same as the others: 3x holes in concrete 1” x 5” measuring time, 5x holes ½” x 2” and remaining holes ½” x 3” until the battery ran out.

Hilti Cordless SDS-Plus

Hilti TE 4-A18 (3x 1”x5”): 4:23

PREVIOUS TEST POWER/SPEED: Bosch N/A, Dewalt 4:07, Makita 18V 4:17, Makita 36V 3:21, Metabo 3:47, Milwaukee (1-1/8” 2715) 2:17

Hilti TE 4-A18 (1/2” holes): 48

PREVIOUS TEST BATTERY LIFE: Bosch 24), Dewalt 42, Makita 18V 27, Makita 36V 66 (33/battery), Metabo 34, Milwaukee (1-1/8” 2715) 33

The results for the Hilti TE 4-A18 were pretty interesting we expected it to be a little faster, not sure if there was conditional factors (about 20 degrees colder) but we would say with a smaller margin of error for individual tests & concrete consistency the Hilti, Dewalt & 18V Makita were all very very close in speed performance. Hilti had a similar weight to those models as well at 7.45 lbs and torque rating so it seems logical. The Hilti actually outperformed the rest of the tools in battery life with the ½” bit which seemed odd for just “.2 Ah” more. We look into this further after the testing and their 5.2 Ah battery actually has 112Wh, which is the most “Watt Hours” of any 18V (or 20V Max) battery in the test. Even the Metabo 5.5Ah LiHD (used in test) only has 99 Wh and only the Metabo 6.2Ah LiHD having the same 112Wh. Looking ahead as manufacturers have more control over the “Amp Hour” rating and users putting more emphasis on Ah, we will need to also keep an close eye on “Watt Hours” as well to make sure we are looking apples to apples.

Hilti 18V Reciprocating Saw WSR 18-A ($489 kit with 2x 5.2Ah)

Hilti Cordless Reciprocating Saw

The final 18V cordless Hilti tool we looked at was the most popular cutting solution which we match up to the fellow competitors in the 18V Cordless Reciprocating Saw Comparison. Recip saws are really tough to predict performance because there really are not “power” rating manufacturers can put out there. Even the stroke length and strokes/minute are not too telling because they all seem to be 1-1/8” and 0-3000 strokes/minute.

Hilti WSR 18-A (5x ¼” Angle): 2:31

PREVIOUS TEST POWER/SPEED: Bosch 2:40, Dewalt 1:26, Makita 1:59, Metabo 2:28, Milwaukee 1:16

Hilti WSR 18-A (Conduit & 2×4”): 136 (30 conduit / 106 2×4”)

PREVIOUS TEST BATTERY LIFE: Bosch 103 (30 conduit/73 2×4), Dewalt 115 (30 conduit/85 2×4), Makita 113 (30 conduit/83 2×4), Metabo 121 (30 conduit/91 2×4), Milwaukee 155 (30 conduit/125 2×4) 

The results were a little surprising for the Hilti, we thought this saw’s speed test would be at or better than the Dewalt DCS380 with a price well about the only brushless in the competition, Milwaukee FUEL Sawzall 2720-22 ($399). At the time we were unaware of the difference in the 5.2Ah batteries so we thought the speed was just offset with longer runtime. With the battery having 112Wh however it just means the Hilti battery is a bigger fuel tank. Not that this saws performance was bad, as a rule of thumb if any tool rates about the same as similar Metabo and Bosch chances are it’s a pretty good tool. At 8.35 lbs it was the 3rd heavies. This is another example how newer cordless tools are just leapfrogging forward so the newer the tools (brushed or especially brushless) the better it is going to perform. We would not be surprised to see a Hilti 18V Brushless Recip Saw in 2016 but we haven’t heard anything specific.

Overall HILTI 18V Cordless

Just taking a sample look at 3 of the more popular cordless tool categories we’d say the Hilti 18V tools are right in line with the other professional brands in terms of snapshot “performance”. One thing we did learn is that the Hilti 5.2Ah battery is the highest rated “Watt Hour” which means on average the tools are going to run longer than equal cordless tools. Others like Metabo and Milwaukee (in January 16) look to match the 112Wh number with their 6.0Ah batteries but is seems Hilti definitely has the highest Wh in the  5.0-5.5Ah range. The Hilti cordless tools themselves however reminds us a lot of the Bosch cordless with very solid performers but they are not continuously upgrading tool models as we are seeing from Milwaukee and Makita especially, seemingly redoing tools every other year. In today’s world a 3, 4 or 5 year old cordless tool is simply not going to have the top specs as technology advancements are happening faster than ever before.

All that being said, professionals are loyal to the tools that perform for them and talking to many Hilti users are very affectionate to their tools because they are reliable. For most of these tests it would be nearly impossible to feel the difference of a few seconds +/- over a several minute test (we couldn’t tell without looking at the numbers) especially not on your “average” jobs. You will certainly notice a 10-20% more run-time per battery charge and everyone can remember the last time a tool fail in middle of a job. Hilti cordless models don’t change very often and are not going to have the latest, highest performing brushless motors (at least not at the moment) but they do hang their hat on solid reliability which is how they justify their higher price points and when talking to their loyal user base, they have no problem with this

We won’t not be surprised when these Hitli fans don’t believe our number (or even the spec from Hitli themselves) that don’t rate these tools significantly better than the competition. We equally won’t be surprised when fans of Dewalt, Milwaukee, Makita say Hilti is way over priced and don’t even perform as good. Everyone is entitled to their opinion! We did answer a lot of questions amoungst ourselves here at Coptool and we even learned more about the other comparison tests we did looking backwards. Hopefully you’ll take something away for all these various cordless tests… they are definitely a ton of work.

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2015 Cordless SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Challenge – Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee

Cordless SDS-Plus Drills

As cordless tools become more powerful with longer life batteries and price continues to come down (especially when you’re already invested in batteries) there are several tools that really start to make more sense in cordless. Not sure the difference between Hammer Drill & SDS-Plus Hammer Drill? The cordless SDS-Plus rotary hammer is quickly becoming one of those tools that really compliments a cordless platform.

SDS-Plus applications are much wider in scope so it’s tougher to judge a winner or even a clear goal but our hope is this will help you as a tool when you are selecting your next SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer. The contestants listed as bare tools, Bosch ¾” RHH181BN ($279), Dewalt 1” DCH273B ($329), Makita 18V 15/16” XRH01Z ($289), Makita 36V 1” XRH05Z ($359), Metabo 15/16” KHA18LTX ($313), Milwaukee 1-1/8” 2715-20 ($349)

*** Added 11/27/2015 Results from Hilti 18V TE 4-A18 SDS-Plus 18V Cordless


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2015 Cordless Hammer Drill Challenge – Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee

Hammer Drill Comparison 2015

The hammer drill is the most popular cordless power tool, so no surprise these are the tools we see manufacturers reinvent every couple of years. With constant technology improvements things are changing faster and faster which is also why this is our 3rd comparison test (Comparison Test 1 5/12, Test 2 9/14) we’ve done for cordless hammer drills. Previously we compared these tools drilling holes into concrete, using “hammer mode”. Of course many of these tools will spend only a small fraction of their lives actually working in concrete and some may never touch any aggregate. The hammer drills are also included in most heavy duty combo kits so chances are good that’s what you’ll get even if you just wanted a drill/driver.

For this test we did 3 different comparisons in wood and metal to measure power, speed and runtime. We’ve got the latest tools all running 5.0Ah (5.5Ah Metabo) and their latest hammer drills; Bosch HDH181X-01L, Dewalt DCD995M2, Makita XPH07T, Metabo SB18LXTBL, and Milwaukee 2704-22 (new generation 2 brushless).

*** Added 11/27/2015 Results from Hilti 18V SFH 18-A Hammer Drill 18V Cordless


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Brushless Grinder Challenge 2015 – Milwaukee, Makita & Metabo

Metabo vs Makita vs Milwaukee 18v Grinders

Over the past several years we have seen some great leaps forward in cordless grinders. Until recently many would not even call them “cordless grinders” only “cordless cut-off” tools because they would stall almost instantly if you actually tried to grind with them. Thanks to the advances in brushless motors and new higher amperage 4Ah, 5Ah, 6Ah+ batteries we are now seeing cordless grinders start to outperform many corded models. If this trend continues and prices continue to come down we could see a big shift towards cordless grinders. For this comparison we are looking at the cordless brushless 18V grinders from Milwaukee, Makita and Metabo.

The goal of this test is to basically look at these 3 top grinders and compare how they perform in heavy applications, speed as well as battery life. Grinders are much tougher tools to compare side by side with stats because there are no torque ratings only RPMs which means very little without a solid motor behind it. Of course we will also look at costs, aerodynamic, safety features and other aspects of each tool.  (more…)

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New Generac iQ2000 Inverter Generator 6866 – Quieter, Smarter, Long-Running

Generac Inverter iQ2000

Generac has been hard at work for over 3-5 years testing and perfecting their new iQ Series inverter generators. Of course when you say Inverter Generator everyone is going to think Honda EU2000i or Honda EU3000iS because they have done an excellent job of dominating the market for years with these extremely reliable and amazingly quiet units. The team at Generac is very excited to launch the new Generac iQ2000 ($799) inverter generator because they are confident they’ve created a “Quieter, Smarter, Long-Running” unit that will outperform the Honda and still be $200-$300 less expensive. Bold words which they know will need to be field test for some to become believers. (more…)

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ToolBoxBuzz 10” Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head with 7 Top Brands

10" Slide Miter Saw Showdown

We know the guys at ToolBoxBuzz have been hard at work on this 10” Sliding Miter Saw compareo with 7 of the most popular brands. We think it turned out very nicely. As an avid reader of any and all comparison tests, especially in the tool category, we always hope to come away with a better understanding of the differences in the various products but hopefully learn more about the options in the market in general. Very well done, but don’t take our word for it check out their video below then head over to their site for the full review.

At 11:38 AM | Posted in Bosch, Comparison Tests, DeWalt Tools, Festool, Makita Tools, Wood Working Tools | 4 Comments

Milwaukee Tool 2014 New Product Launch Event in Videos

Milwaukee Crew 2014

Last week Milwaukee Tool had their annual “New Product Symposium” media event where they showcased many of their latest and greatest tools that had either just launched or will be available in the next 3-6 months. This event starts at 6:45am and packed the day full with never before seen (by the public at least) tools and accessories. We wanted to hit the new product highlights and have left out most of the items we’ve already covered in previous posts such as M18 Band Saw, Pressing Tools, etc. not to discount these products in anyway.

Below are some of the YouTube Videos we managed to put together pretty quickly (pardon the shaky camera work and choppy edit job). We will follow up with more in-depth reviews, videos and comparison testing for many of these products. We really just wanted to let you know what new tools are coming as well as the promise Milwaukee is making for each of these new tools. What better way to do that than get a few clips from the Milwaukee Team pitching it themselves.

These products should all be available soon, if not already, on the Milwaukee Tool page of Ohio Power Tool. Feel free to contact the experts 800-242-4424 on any existing Milwaukee Tools and certainly they will do their best to get you info on any products not yet available. For more pictures also check out our Facebook Photo Album with an additional 120+ pictures from the event. You can also search the hashtag #NPS14 on other social media networks for coverage from a wide range of quality news outlets.  (more…)

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Cordless 18V SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Round-Up – PTR

Cordless SDS-Plus

Check out this great test of pretty much every cordless 18V SDS-Plus drill currently on the market from our friends at Pro Tool Reviews – see FULL STORY. It originally appeared in their printed publication which if you have not seen yet is very impressive. This is just a sample of the kind of in-depth reviews they are knocking out each month. To purchase one of these fine cordless drills contact the pros at Ohio Power Tool and they’ll be able to help you out (at least with all the good ones).


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Dewalt XR Brushless Compact Drill/Driver & Single Speed Impact Driver

Dewalt XR DCD790 Brushless

Earlier this week we attended the Dewalt media event where the stars of the show were the new Dewalt XR Compact Drill/Driver DCD790 as well as the single speed XR impact driver DCF886. The compact Drill/Driver is Dewalt’s first brushless drilling product and will be accompanied shortly by the XR compact hammer drill DCD795. The single speed impact will be their second brushless impact to launch and will be the more cost effective counterpart to the three speed brushless XR DCF895 ($259) impact we saw launched last year.

Together the compact drill and single speed impact will be available in the combo kit DCK281D2 launching at $279, while the hammer drill combo DCK286D2 will hit shelves at $299. These are the most popular combo kits and price points that customers demand, which is exactly why Dewalt made these units the priority for their XR brushless platform with additional tools to follow. (more…)

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Milwaukee REDLITHIUM 2.0 CP and 4.0 XC Are Truly an Upgrade


Milwaukee has certainly been making a splash lately with their introduction of the new FUEL line of brushless tools and the extended capacity batteries that are being released to accompany them. While everyone is anxiously awaiting the M12 FUEL lineup launch (very soon!) I thought that it could be a good idea to check out the M18 4.0XC and 2.0CP REDLITHIUM batteries and see exactly what their improved capacity and intelligence actually gets them in terms of increased run time. (more…)

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