Cordless Hammer & SDS Drills

The electric drill is a common companion to the construction worker, maintenance engineer or handy worker. Its function is to drill holes into particular surfaces, so that fixings can be easily attached. A cordless drill allows you precision power when you need it, without being tied to a power point.

RS Components has a range of cordless SDS drills and cordless hammer drills from leading brands, such as DeWalt and Makita.


Rotary hammer drills can combine rotation with a hammer action, which allows you to chisel at tough surface materials. SDS can be used similarly, but there slotted drive systems means they are designed to use specialist drill bits. Many models of drills have a mode selection which will allow you to choose between a rotary action, a chiselling action, or both.

Cordless drills are employed in many fields, such as:

  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Whats the Difference between a Hammer Drill and an SDS Drill?

    A hammer drill features a mechanical, ratchet mechanism, and is designed to be used with normal drill bits, while an SDS Drill has a pneumatic mechanism and requires special SDS drill bits and chisels. This means they are suited to different applications, with SDS being used for concrete, and hammer drills being used for stone.

    Hammer drills are suitable to drill into wood with conventional drill bits, but SDS drill bits are unsuitable for the task. An SDS drill can use a chuck adapter to employ normal drill bits for wood drilling.

    As hammer and SDS drills operate differently, it is important you use the correct drill for the correct surface material. Failing to do so can severely impair its usability.

    Why Go Cordless?

    There are many advantages to battery powered drills, the most obvious of which is portability. As you dont need to be tethered to a power point, you can move freely and work easily in outdoor areas without a generator. The disadvantage is that cordless power tools are often less powerful than their corded counterparts, and that they need to be recharged.

    However, with long life lithium-ion batteries available, cordless drills can have long lasting power suitable for even heavy-duty applications.

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    Description Price Series Chuck Type Chuck Size Drill Type Drilling Capacity Metal Drilling Capacity Wood Battery Type Battery Voltage Battery Capacity Number of Batteries Charger Supplied Battery Charge Time Plug Type Model Number
    RS Stock No. 812-9910
    Mfr. Part No.DHR263ZJ
    LXT SDS Plus - SDS 13 mm 32 mm Li-ion 36V 4Ah 0 - - - DHR263ZJ
    RS Stock No. 812-9976
    Mfr. Part No.DHR242Z
    BL SDS Plus - Hammer 13 mm 27 mm Li-ion 18V - 1 - 22min - DHR242Z
    RS Stock No. 872-5640
    Mfr. Part No.DHR242RMJ
    DHR242 SDS Plus - SDS 13 mm 27 mm Li-ion 18V 4Ah 2 Yes - Type G - British 3-pin DHR242
    RS Stock No. 123-9996
    Mfr. Part No.HP332DZ
    - Keyless 10mm Hammer 10 mm 28 mm Li-ion 10.8V 2Ah 0 No - - HP332DZ
    RS Stock No. 667-4048
    Mfr. Part No.DHR202RMJ
    1 Kit
    BHR SDS Plus - SDS 13 mm 26 mm Li-ion 18V 3Ah 2 Yes 22min Type G - British 3-pin BHR202RFE
    RS Stock No. 175-0405
    Mfr. Part No.HR166DSMJ-UK
    HR166D SDS Plus 16mm SDS 10 mm 13 mm Li-ion 10.8V 4Ah 1 Yes - - HR166DSMJ
    RS Stock No. 175-0407
    Mfr. Part No.HR166DZ
    HR166D SDS Plus 16mm SDS 10 mm 13 mm Li-ion 10.8V - 1 No - - HR166DZ
    RS Stock No. 754-1139
    Mfr. Part No.DHP451RTJ
    DHP Keyless 13mm SDS 13 mm 65 mm Li-ion 18V 5Ah 2 Yes 22min Type C - EuroPlug DHP451RTJ