7 Best Electric Jack Hammers of 2021 – Reviews, Top Picks & Guide
Electric jackhammers are amazing devices that can smash up concrete and dig trenches while still being lightweight and without requiring expensive air compressors. However, with so many models available, choosing the right brand for you can be difficult and it is not a tool you want to buy more than one because of the prohibitive cost.
We’ve selected seven of the most popular brands to review for you and tell you about our experiences. We’ll give you all the pros and cons and fill you in on any special features and included accessories. We’ve also included a short buyer’s guide where we break down the electric jackhammer to see how it works so you know what to look for while you shop.
Jon us while we discuss beats per minute (BPM), weight, vibration control accessories and more to help you make an educated purchase.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Bosch 11335K Jack Hammer||
|Best Value||XtremepowerUS Electric Demolition Jack Hammer||
|Premium Choice||Makita HM1810X3 AVT Breaker Hammer||
|Mophorn Electric Demolition Hammer||
|Toolman LT5104 Electric Demolition Jack Hammer||
The 7 Best Electric Jack Hammers
1. Bosch 11335K Jack Hammer – Best Overall
The Bosch 11335K Jack Hammer Is our pick for the best overall electric jackhammer. It Delivers 22 foot-pounds (ft/lbs) of impact force at the rate of 1,300 beats per minute (BPM), more than enough to break small sections of concrete, temper the ground, or push in fence posts. It weighs 38 pounds and has vibration control technology to help make the machine more controllable and comfortable to use for longer. A 360-degree articulating auxiliary handle adds even more versatility. The all-metal housing is extremely durable, and it includes a pointed chisel so you can get right to work. Also included is a wheeled carrying case for the utmost in portability.
The only problem we had with the Bosch 11335K while we were using it was the on-off switch. It isn’t on the handle, so you need to remove one hand to shut it off. For that instant, it can be harder to control.
2. XtremepowerUS Electric Demolition Jack Hammer – Best Value
The XtremepowerUS Electric Demolition Jack Hammer is our pick as the best electric jackhammer for the money. It uses a 2,200-watt motor to deliver 55 ft/lbs impact force at a rate of 1,800 BPM. It is lightweight at just 45 pounds and is well balanced and easy to control. It features adjustable speed, and an anti-vibration system minimizes fatigue while you are using it. An adjustable 360-degree foregrip allows you to use the machine at the most effective and comfortable angle. It includes a 16-inch bull point chisel and a 16-inch flat chisel so you can get started at once. It also comes with an impact-resistant case, gloves, protective glasses, and a protective mask to help keep you and the tool safe.
The biggest downside of the XtremepowerUS Electric Demolition Jack Hammer was that the handle is not very sturdy and flexes quite a bit while you are using it. We’re sure this flexibility will result in a broken handle down the line. The cord is also in an awkward place, and it tends to leak a little oil.
3. Makita HM1810X3 AVT Breaker Hammer – Premium Choice
The Makita HM1810X3 AVT Breaker Hammer is our premium choice electric jackhammer. It uses a 15-amp motor to deliver a little over 45 ft/lbs of force to whatever you want to break up. It runs at 1,100 BPM, and it is one of the quietest jackhammers on this list at a little under 107 decibels (dB). Antivibration technology uses a counterweight to reduce vibrations while you work and an AC/DC power switch allows you to use battery power for added convenience and portability. It has a low-profile design, a 16-foot power cord, and it comes with a transport cart for added portability.
The downside to the Makita HM1810X3 is that at 70 pounds, it’s a little heavier than our top two models. The on-off switch on the handle is also very flimsy and can break over time.
4. Mophorn Electric Demolition Hammer
The Mophorn Electric Demolition Hammer is a 3,600-watt jackhammer that runs at 1,800 BPM. It comes with a 16-inch bull point and flat chisel so you can get started immediately. It’s lightweight at 42.5 pounds and has a 360-degree swivel handle to help make the tool more comfortable to hold while you are working.
The front D-handle on the Mophorn features a nice rubber coating, but it is extremely flimsy and easy to bend. The back handle also featured a reinforced plastic that doesn’t feel sa stable as some of the other jackhammers on this list. Finally, the instructions that come with it are very general and don’t supply enough information to use the tool.
5. Toolman LT5104 Electric Demolition Jack Hammer
The Toolman LT5104 Electric Demolition Jack Hammer Features a 14-amp motor that can reach 1,800 BPM. It weighs a little over 43 pounds and features anti-vibration technology, which helps reduce fatigue while you work. A 360-degree swivel handle allows you to angle the machine how you need it, and it includes two 16-inch chisels, one ballpoint, and one flat-tipped. Also included with purchase as a durable rolling storage case, gloves, and safety glasses.
The downside to the Toolman LT5104 is that the power cord is somewhat short at under 10-feet, and the handle is flimsy and bends easily. Our handle noticeably deformed after only one day’s use, and the included instructions are not very clear or easy to understand.
6. TR Industrial TR89100 Electric Demolition Jack Hammer
The TR Industrial TR89100 Electric Demolition Jack Hammer features a 1,240-watt motor that can deliver 33 ft/lbs of impact force at a speed of 1,400 BPM. It weighs about 42-pounds and features a 360-degree swivel handle for positioning the tool as you need. It comes with a convenient rolling storage case and three chisels, a pointed, flat, and a clay shovel.
The biggest downside to the TR Industrial TR89100 is that the power cord is only a little over 6 feet, which means you will need to use a heavy-duty extension cord along with it. It also tends to get fairly hot to the touch after about 30 minutes of continuous use. We also found that dust and it would get clogged in the motor because the motor is open and not protected, which quickly wears down the brushes. Luckily, it comes with a set of replacements, but those too will wear down quickly if you use the tool regularly.
7. DEWALT D25960K Demolition Hammer
The DEWALT D25960K Demolition Hammer is the final jackhammer on our list to review for you. It’s created by one of the most popular names in the tool business and has plenty of features that might interest you. It uses a 15-amp motor to reach 1,460 BPM and delivers 30 ft/lbs of force with every blow. It has a soft start mechanism for keeping the tool where you need it as you get started, and rubber-coated handles make it easier to hold long-term. It comes with a rolling storage case to increase portability.
We enjoyed using the DEWALT D25960K and felt it had plenty of power. We didn’t put it much higher on our list because we tried two of them, and each work perfectly for a few days, but the bit started slipping and eventually would no longer stay in the machine rendering it useless.
Let’s look at some of the most important things to consider when choosing an electric jackhammer.
While there is one machine on our list that can switch between alternating and direct current, the vast majority of electric jackhammers currently use alternating current. Alternating power requires you to plug the device into the wall, so the first thing you will need to look for is a long power cord.
Some of the jackhammers on our list have extremely small cords, and you will need to purchase an extension cord to get any range. When purchasing an extension cord to use with your electric jackhammer, it’s important to get one that can handle the amount of electricity it needs, or it can get hot or even create an electrical hazard.
You measure wire thickness by gauge, and extension cords are available in 10, 12, 14, and 16-gauge sizes. We recommend an extension cord no smaller than 12-gauge to avoid an electrical hazard.
Amps and Watts
When looking over the packaging, one way to figure out the motor’s strength is by looking at the amp and watt rating. Most models will have one or the other listed on the package though some may have both or neither. When comparing two brands, higher values equate to a stronger motor.
We recommend a jackhammer rated at least 1,200 watts or 12 amps, which all the brands on our list achieve.
Another way you can determine the motor’s strength is by checking the impact force delivered by the tool. Higher values equate to a stronger engine, allowing you to smash up denser material and thicker concrete. Companies list impact force in foot-pounds, and we recommend purchasing a unit that delivers at least 25-ft/lbs of impact force.
Beats per Minute
Beats per minute is a measure of how many times the chisel hits the ground in one minute, and it’s directly related to the strength of the engine. A higher BPM will allow you to get your work done much faster, and many times it can make up for a lower impact force by delivering more blows against the concrete.
We recommend looking for the highest number you can find, but it should be at least 1100.
One feature that is important to look for in an electric jackhammer is an anti-vibration system. There are many ways to reduce the vibrations created by this tool, including using a counterweight, and we recommend avoiding any units that do not have one in place. These units bounce around quite a bit while you are smashing concrete or digging a trench, and those vibrations can make it difficult to control and will also tire your arms and shake up your insides, cutting work sessions short.
Your electric jackhammer’s weight is an important consideration, and even a few pounds will make a big difference while the tool is shaking violently. It’s also important to remember that the chisel will add at least three pounds to the machine’s overall weight. We’ve tried to list the weight of each tool in our reviews.
Another thing we recommend checking out is the strength of the handles. Some handles on electric jackhammers have quite a bit of flex, leading to a broken handle during the job. We’ve had several handles deform while we were using them. We tried to point out any flimsy handles in our reviews,
It is important to consider your safety while you are using these tools. We highly recommend a pair of thick work boots with steel toe protection. You will also need well-fitting work gloves, safety glasses, and earplugs.
If you are working with concrete, you must wear breathing protection to prevent a condition called Silicosis, that occurs from breathing in silica dust when smashing up concrete. Silica can scar the lungs and cause nodules to form that makes breathing difficult.
We recommend our pick for the best overall for most people. The Bosch 11335K Jack Hammer delivers quite a lot of smashing power in a relatively lightweight package and produces 1300 BPM and 22 ft/lbs of impact force. Its all-metal frame is extremely durable. The anti-vibration technology is one of the best on this list, resulting in a manageable tool that you use for extended work sessions. Another excellent choice is the XtremepowerUS Electric Demolition Jack Hammer, our choice for the best value. This tool delivers an impressive 55 ft/lbs of impact pressure at 1,800 BPM for incredible strength. It also includes two different chisels, work gloves, safety glasses, and more to help you get started immediately.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 7 Best Electric Jack Hammers
- 1. Bosch 11335K Jack Hammer – Best Overall
- 2. XtremepowerUS Electric Demolition Jack Hammer – Best Value
- 3. Makita HM1810X3 AVT Breaker Hammer – Premium Choice
- 4. Mophorn Electric Demolition Hammer
- 5. Toolman LT5104 Electric Demolition Jack Hammer
- 6. TR Industrial TR89100 Electric Demolition Jack Hammer
- 7. DEWALT D25960K Demolition Hammer
- Buyer’s Guide