Hammer drills, while sometimes appearing identical to a regular drill, are a specialized tool for drilling into masonry. Do you even need a hammer drill? If you are drilling into wood or plastic, you do not necessarily need the extra hammering action, and a regular drill should be adequate.
If you are drilling a hole in your garage to hang a hook once or twice a year, a nice drill with a hammer setting, or an entry level hammer drill will be a good option for you. Entry level hammer drills aren’t too much more expensive than a regular drill, so it might be a nice thing to have around the house for the occasional project. However, if your house is made of brick or stone, and you are planning a large project, a rotary hammer drill is a must-have. They offer more power, have better motors that won’t burn out as easily, and let you finish the project in a timely manner.
No one has the time to drill into concrete with the wrong tool! Hopefully, after reading this guide, you will know when and why you need a hammer drill. Wasting time on masonry projects will be a thing of the past because now you are a hammer drill pro!