Removing tile can be a big pain, but it doesn’t have to be. A great demolition hammer can significantly reduce the amount of time that you spend working, but if you spend all that time you would have saved shopping for the right tool, you don’t actually save any time.
We know that shopping online for tools can be a frustrating, time-consuming task, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Our reviews are designed to help you get a good feel for each tool in just a few minutes. We’ve also included a buyer’s guide, so you can learn everything you need to know about demolition hammers before you spend any money. That way, you can buy with confidence, without spending a lot of time browsing models and comparing prices.
|Bosch 11316EVS SDS-Max|
|DEWALT D25901K||3 years||4.7/5|
|XtremepowerUS 2200Watt KIT347|
|TR Industrial TR89100||1 year||4.25/5|
|Milwaukee 5446-21 SDS-Max||5 years||3.8/5|
The Bosch 11316EVS SDS-Max is the best tool for people who want to get their tile-removal jobs done quickly and with a minimum of fuss. This model has everything you could want in a demolition hammer. Tool-free bit changes mean you can switch from project to project quickly and in a frustration-free manner. The variable-speed dial allows you to customize the speed to the task at hand, which reduces mistakes and means you don’t have to do as much secondary clean up. It also comes with a soft start, so it won’t buck like so many other demolition hammers.
You can also adjust the chisel angle on this model, which allows you to work in tight spaces or at odd angles, and still, make great contact with the tile on the wall or floors. This model also has a great reputation for durability, so you can expect most parts to last for many years of hard use. The only disappointing thing about this model is the fact that it uses a motor with brushes, which do have to be replaced periodically. If this model were to be upgraded to a brushless motor, it might become the perfect demolition hammer.
The DEWALT D25901K is a great choice for anyone looking for a lightweight demolition hammer. While its 37-pound weight doesn’t mean it’s objectively light, it does weigh about 40 percent of what demolition hammers of comparable power tend to weight. That means you can work for longer with this model without feeling worn out. It also comes with active vibration control, where the drill actively compensates for the vibrations it makes. You won’t feel this model working nearly as much as you would others, and that’s great for your hands.
It is also sealed against dust, which is important for extending the life of this machine. So, you can expect it to last for a long time without breaking down. The one knock against this model is that it only has average power. For most home tasks, the power will be more than sufficient, though if you’re trying to take out thick concrete walls, you may want a model with more power. You could take out concrete walls with this model, but it would probably take longer than you’d like. Overall, this is a largely frustration-free model, and if it had more power, it could win first place.
The XtremepowerUS 2200Watt KIT347 is the best overall demolition hammer for the money. The best thing about this model is that it includes chisels, which means you’re getting more value in that area than you’re going to get from most other demolition hammers. It also comes with an anti-vibration system, which will protect you from excess wear on your hands and arms while you work. This model is weight-balanced both horizontally and vertically. That means it has a good center of gravity that makes it easy to reposition and use.
It also includes an adjustable chisel angle and speed, so you can customize this machine to the task at hand, no matter how awkward. This model’s price is about a quarter of what you would pay for the top two models on our list, so you’re getting a fantastic deal in that area. Since it costs so little relative to other models, this model is the best choice for the money on our list. If some units didn’t ship with oil-leaking problems, we would rank this model even higher. As is, it’s still a great deal for someone who needs a demolition hammer at a great price.
The TR Industrial TR89100 has some things going for it but suffers from inconsistent quality and other flaws that drop it on our list. Like the previous model, it includes chisels, so you can start working right away, even if you’ve never bought chisels or used a demolition hammer before. It also comes with a case, which makes storage easy, and helps keep this tool save during travel. You can also purchase this model for a price similar to the last model. That’s not a bad deal, but since this model has more serious flaws than the previous model, so it doesn’t hold up well in terms of value.
This model has poor quality control. That leads to shorter lives and the occasional serious problem that renders this model useless after not all that much use. The motor is not sealed against dust, which is important because dust and dirt that get into the motor will reduce the lifespan of the bushes. Having to replace your brushes more frequently raises the cost of operation on this model. While it’s a decent discount buy, you could spend the same amount of money and get a model that has far more value.
The Milwaukee 5446021 SDS-Max may have the best form factor of any model on our list. It’s compact, which makes it easy to handle, especially in situations where you have to work in tight spaces or at awkward angles. It also comes with an anti-vibration system, so you won’t be as worn out by the vibrations on this model as you would with some others. However, that’s where the upside to this model ends. It’s heavy for its size, which reduces the value of its compactness.
Like many smaller tools, it doesn’t have the same punch as larger tools in its class. That underwhelming power means you’ll end up spending more time on your project that you would with a larger tool. That makes for poor value overall. It also costs a lot. It’s not the most expensive model on our list, but it doesn’t provide great power, and it weighs too much for its size. Overall, there are many downsides to this model, and if you want a good deal, you’re going to end up disappointed in this model. If you want a model you’ll like using and can get at a great price, you should consider something else.
We hope that our reviews have already given you some insight into what demolition hammers can do, and how to find the best value for your money. You may not have a model in mind just yet, and that’s okay. It’s always a good idea to learn more about a tool before you buy, especially if you’ve never used one before. This buyer’s guide is designed to help beginners learn everything they need to know about demolition hammers. We also walk you through what adds and subtracts value from these tools, so you can maximize the value you get out of your buy.
One of the biggest differences between demolition hammers you’ll use for removing tile is their size. If you’re working outside, it doesn’t matter as much how large your equipment is. But, if you’re working in a bathroom, kitchen, or other room inside, compact tools can be a blessing, as you don’t always have as much room to move around.
There are a variety of smaller, more compact demolition hammers on the market, but you want to be careful to invest in a model where the power doesn’t drop too much because of the form factor. Low power means your project will take longer to complete.
You should also be on the lookout for models that allow you to adjust the chisel angles. These models are good for use in tight spaces, like the corners of showers, where you may need to work at an angle, but still need good power.
Power can be a misleading statistic when it comes to demolition hammers. Part of what makes it hard is the fact that some manufacturers give their power ratings in amps, while others give it in Watts. And that’s only for electric demolition hammers. It’s important not to get bogged down in thinking about power for two reasons.
The first is that different models apply electrical power into mechanical motion in different ways. Consequently, they vary in efficiency, so in theory, a model with less power but a higher efficiency could work better than a low-efficiency, but higher power model.
The second reason is that you’re probably buying a demolition hammer to remove tile. Demolition hammers are also used to destroy thick concrete walls and pools. Tile doesn’t require nearly as much power to remove, so if you get a very powerful model, you may only use it on its lowest power settings. That means you’re not using the tool to its full potential, which in turn means you’re not getting great value.
Getting the best value for your money is about more than getting the demolition hammer that works the best. Many more expensive models lack any chisels, which means you’re going to have to go to the store and buy a chisel before you start. That drives up the price even more!
If you’re just looking to do a project or two with your demolition hammer, it’s a good idea to invest in a model that comes with chisels. That way, you’ll get guaranteed compatibility, and you won’t have to spend extra time and money getting chisels.
And, since these models tend to include either zero, or multiple chisels, you’ll get chisels for a wide variety of projects if you buy a set that comes with chisels, increasing your value even more.
The Bosch 11316EVS SDS-Max is our favorite model due to its tool-free bit changes, variable-speed dial, and soft start. The DEWALT D25901K is a lightweight model that packs good power and comes with variable impact control and a dust-sealed motor, though its lack of high-end power keeps it out of first place. The XtremepowerUS 2200Watt KIT347 includes chisels, an anti-vibration system, and is weight-balanced. Since you can get it at a great price, it’s the best value for the money on our list. The TR Industrial TR89100 includes chisels and a case and has a good price, but its exposed motor and poor quality control drop it to fourth place. The Milwaukee 5446021 SDS-Max is compact and has an anti-vibration system, but its high price, heavyweight, and underwhelming power means it only earns the last place.
We hope that our reviews and buyer’s guide have helped you see what makes for great demolition hammers. You should now be able to find the model that will make your next tile removal project a breeze.
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