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Offline Alec Buscemi

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A hammer only function on the Bhc 18
« on: October 27, 2017, 05:24 PM »
This would revolutionize fastening.


One would then fit the end of the Bhc with a large hex/sds bit, and hammer single nails with the bhc.  Instead of screws, one could use twist / ardox nails, operating the Bhc as a battery operated nail gun working something like a palm nailer. Could also use it with finishing nails.  The small size of the Bhc would make it ideal relative to other much longer profile combidrills.

See this video of a guy using such a tool with a dewalt hammer drill ( never mind the premise of removing nails. I grant you the original video is not very good, but clearly the set up can drive nails if they are strait)
Check out this video on YouTube:





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Offline rdr

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Re: A hammer only function on the Bhc 18
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2018, 02:48 PM »
The BHC doesn't have a hammer only function? It was next on my list to replace my old Bosch, may have to look at the dewalt now I naively assumed it would. Never looked at it in detail  [sad]

neat trick for taking nails out that.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: A hammer only function on the Bhc 18
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2018, 07:36 PM »
Or replace it with a newer Bosch or a Metabo.   The BHC was designed for European trim carpenters / cabinet installers
in an environment where residential homes are very often made of rebar and concrete.   I was very surprised when
they released it in the states where the market is mostly pine studs and drywall.  The American person working with concrete that
would spend Festool dollars is probably already on a Hilti plan.   So, it is an oddball.   Alas, Bosch has similar compact no-chisel mode models that have sold fairly well here, so, there must be some demand. 

It's VERY light. And VERY small.  So, for someone doing a lot of 1/4" to 1/2" anchors... oh wait...tapcons.  Dawned on me mid-post.
Ok, there's a market. :0

Offline demographic

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Re: A hammer only function on the Bhc 18
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2018, 03:52 AM »
I looked at buying a BHC a few months ago before concluding it didn't look upto the task of what I wanted from a SDS drill and bought a brushless version of that De-Walt in the video.
That does have hammer stop and has the ability to be conected upto its own small extractor which lessens concrete dust from drilling.
As far as I see it, Festool produce some absolutely brilliant tools with the TS55, HKC carpentry saw and DWC drywall cordless being stand out great.
Their drills though? Meh, not so fussed.

Offline rst

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Re: A hammer only function on the Bhc 18
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2018, 09:56 AM »
As someone that drills more concrete than wood, the lack of chipping ability is a no go.  I have an ancient Hilti TS72  for brute work and the 1 1/8" Milwaukke rotary drill that is much easier for chipping on the smaller jobs.  I'm currently using the Milwaukee 12 and 18v systems for the commercial/industrial work I do (steel, aluminum entrances, locksmith, automatic door systems) and have multiple tools for each voltage.  I initially bought the CXS to use my shop, bought a PDC off Ebay used that came in looking as though it had never been used (-than $400.00), liked it so much I bought the C-18.  I figured why not as I had the HKC so I would have more batteries.  The Festool drills are just so Smoooth!  I've used B&D back when they were selling industrial tools, used 9 and12v Makitas.  Ran a Freud until they discontinued selling in the US and bought 12v Boschs for my daughter when they came out.  If Festools BHC had the chipping function, I would be more than willing to give it a go.

Offline yetihunter

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Re: A hammer only function on the Bhc 18
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 05:53 PM »
I looked at buying a BHC a few months ago before concluding it didn't look upto the task of what I wanted from a SDS drill and bought a brushless version of that De-Walt in the video.
That does have hammer stop and has the ability to be conected upto its own small extractor which lessens concrete dust from drilling.
As far as I see it, Festool produce some absolutely brilliant tools with the TS55, HKC carpentry saw and DWC drywall cordless being stand out great.
Their drills though? Meh, not so fussed.

They mastered the electronic clutch, ages ago.   That's the selling point behind at least three Festool drills.  About to play with my new Metabo, today, so I'll finally see for myself if they ever matched up to Festool on that.   I know that Fein sure as heck didn't.
Obviously, all of the major brands are exponentionally beyond Festool in power; and for construction and whatnot, that's the way to go.