If you’ve heard of a jackhammer, then you’ve heard of a breaker hammer. These tools are designed for construction purposes, specifically for breaking up concrete or rock surfaces into tinier, more manageable chunks to remove or reuse. If you’re working on your driveway or are clearing rocks to make a path, a breaker hammer is your go-to tool to make quick work of destroying rough and tough materials. Usually, only professional construction workers will make regular use out of a high-quality breaker hammer, though many DIY projects may call for the need of one.
In this article, we’re going to focus on two popular power tools manufacturers’ breaker hammer models. These are the D25980K by DEWALT and the HM1810X3 by Makita. A quick internet search will yield positive reviews by customers of both of these products, though the number of reviews is limited, mainly due to the fact that breaker hammers aren’t exactly an everyday-use, must-have tool for your workshop. However, if you’re in the market for a powerful breaker hammer, check out our review of these two highly-rated models.
BPM and Impacts
Unlike other power tools, a breaker hammer’s speed deliver is measured with blows per minute (BPM). Impacts measure how powerful each blow is (measured in either joules or foot-pounds). The motor of the DEWALT delivers up to 900 BPM where the strength of each blow is 61 foot-pounds. For a residential-use breaker hammer, the motor isn’t the quickest but the power behind each impact is out of this world.
As for the Makita, the 15.0 amp motor delivers up to 1,100 BPM, though each impact is roughly 46.5 foot-pounds. Despite the relatively weak impact delivery for a home project-use breaker hammer, the quick BPM-speed makes even the toughest jobs rather easy to complete.
Conclusion: In our opinion, the 200 BPM-difference between the two units isn’t as significant as the 14.5 foot-pound power difference. Typically, a 60-plus foot-pound breaker hammer can be used to demolish concrete slabs up to 6 inches thick, whereas 40-plus foot-pound models are more exclusively used by DIY hobbyists for light-duty tasks like repaving a driveway.
Vibrations play a significant role in determining how comfortable and accurate the unit is while running. For breaker hammers, vibration acceleration is measured using meter-per-seconds-squared. The DEWALT boasts an ultra-effective vibration control system which reduces up to 70% of vibrations. We think the system is working since it vibrates at roughly 4.8 m/s2. Once again, we’re impressed, seeing as how this home- and professional-grade breaker hammer delivers huge power behind each blow.
On the other hand, the vibrations of the Makita, though equipped with the company’s counterbalance system to reduce vibrations and improve accuracy, its vibrations measure in at around 8 m/s2. As we mentioned before, a breaker hammer of this power-class is best suited for home projects and light-duty work only, but we were amazed at how much the unit vibrates.
Conclusion: Once again, the DEWALT outclasses the Makita. For home- and commercial-use, DEWALT’s breaker hammer seems to have it all – power, speed, reduced vibrations (only 4.8 m/s2!) which improve overall accuracy when destroying hard surfaces.
Another point to take into account when looking at breaker hammers is the weight of the unit after assembly, and whether the kit includes a cart or truck to carry the unit from place to place. This DEWALT breaker hammer weighs in at only 68.3 pounds fully assembled and ready to rumble. The unit, cart, and four chisels (comes with the kit) weigh a 125 pounds.
The Makita weighs about 70 pounds after assembly. Just like the DEWALT, it includes a cart with dedicated slots to put the chisel attachments. The unit, cart, and four chisels (included in the kit) together weigh an amazingly light 82 pounds.
Conclusion: There’s hardly any difference between these two breaker hammers’ weights, and combined with their respective two-wheeled carts, taking the unit out of your workshop and pushing it onto your driveway or backyard shouldn’t be too much trouble. That being said, looking at the breaker hammer and carts, it’s fair to say that they’re both extremely lightweight and portable.
It’s obvious that the best breaker hammer should produce the least sound while still delivering massive amounts of power and speed. Realistically speaking, with current technology, you’re not going to find a low-noise residential or commercial breaker hammer. The DEWALT produces up to 120 decibels – about the same amount of noise as amplified rock music from 6 feet away. This is deafeningly loud and will definitely be a problem for your neighbors if you keep this unit operating for extended periods of time.
The noise-production of the Makita is significantly better. It produces around 107 decibels of noise. As a comparison, a power mower produces 107 decibels of noise. Even though it’s not as ear-breaking as the DEWALT, your pets and neighbors will curse you for waking them up on a lazy Sunday morning when you take this breaker hammer out of your workshop.
Conclusion: They’re both ridiculously loud, but the Makita’s 107-decibel noise production is slightly better than the DEWALT’s 120-decibel breaker hammer. Honestly speaking, the difference in noise-level production shouldn’t be your biggest concern since all jackhammers and breaker hammers will have everybody covering their ears.
DEWALT D25980K vs Makita HM1810X3: Bottom Line
In our humble opinion, you can get more value out of the DEWALT D25980K than you would with the Makita HM1810X3. These two breaker hammers compete at different impact classes – the 61 foot-pounds of the DEWALT is better suited for both DIY-enthusiasts and professional construction workers, whereas the Makita is residential-quality at best, though it’s honestly one of the best residential-grade breaker hammers out there.
In the end, when comparing their specs and performance, we feel that the DEWALT’s superior strength makes it a more versatile tool for making openings in shafts, breaking concrete and rocks, and loosening caked-on substances like mud and clay. The Makita can do these, albeit it at a less-efficient pace.