Milwaukee is soon coming out with a new M18 5/8″ SDS Plus cordless rotary hammer, model 2612. The new rotary hammer is lightweight, compact, and powerful enough to handle most masonry drilling needs.
- 5/8″ max capacity
- 12″ length
- 5.5 lbs
- 0-1300 RPM
- 0-7000 BPM
According to Milwaukee, the new 2612 rotary hammer can handle more than 80% of the holes being drilled at jobsites. This mirrors a chart they showed at a past media event that shows how about 4 out of every 5 holes are 1/2″ or smaller.
The reasoning makes sense – if you know you won’t need to drill any holes larger than 5/8″, why lug around a larger and heavier more powerful rotary hammer if you don’t need to?
With a 4.0Ah M18 battery pack, the rotary hammer can drill over 100 1/4″ x 1-1/2″ in poured concrete.
Kit Options and Pricing
- Bare tool, 2612-20 – $199
- 1-battery kit, 2612-21 – $299
- 2-battery kit, 2612-22 – $399
The kits include the 2612 rotary hammer, (1) or (2) XC high capacity lithium ion battery packs, a multi-voltage charger, side handle, depth rod, and carrying case.
ETA: mid-October 2013
This product goes against everything we have to come to look for in 18V power tools. As with many things, we want more power at lower prices. But more power often means greater tool size and heavier weight.
When I first opened up the press release, I took one look at the product photo and thought that Milwaukee resent a press release of their M12 Fuel brushless rotary hammer.
The new rotary hammer looks very compact and streamlined, especially compared to Dewalt’s latest model. That’s very promising, especially for users who work overhead.