Makita’s LXTX2 rotary hammer is an update of the HRH01, except it uses two 18-volt batteries instead of a single 36-volt — which means contractors who own other LXT tools can use their existing batteries and chargers. It delivers twice the drilling speed of 18-volt rotary hammers and can drill three times more holes per charge. A torque-limiting clutch automatically disengages gears if the bit binds, preventing damage. A multi-port charger would be a good addition, but so far the company hasn’t announced plans to add one. Cost is $350.

Makita, 800/462-5482,

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