|By Sandy Crimp
Sep 1, 2013
Interested to hear too, but the Bosch-11536C is hard to beat. Lightweight and 8+ 3/8 by 4 inch holes in very hard rock with the lightweight ("Slim pack") battery. Well over 15 holes with the "fat pack" battery. And it is light weight and well built (really no maintenance). Way better than any drill I have ever used.
I have a hard time wondering what the Makita could do better.
Let's look at the specs:
Price $775 seems to be the discounted price (verus the bosch at less than $500)
36V (tie with Bosch)
RPM's 1,200 RPM (versus Bosch's 1,500 RPM)
BPM's 4,800 BPM (same as Bosch)
Weight: 9.9lbs (versus Bosch's 6.25lbs)
Impact Energy 2.2 FtLbs (versus Bosch's 1.25 FtLbs...the one metric the Makita beats the Bosch)
The Makita is rated for 1" holes in Concrete and the Bosch "only" 3/4". The Makita's stronger hammering impact energy and heavier weight probably helps here. In fact, if the you get the non-lightweight/compact Bosch (the v11536VSR which is also rated for 1" holes) it weighs in near the Makita and also has 2.2 FtLbs of impact energy.
So, the Makita is a bit more powerful than the Bosch compact, but I don't think that is particularly beneficial in our application. I do a lot of lead bolting and the 3.5lbs is more important than the extra impact energy...not to mention the extra costs.
Based purely on the Spec-Sheet...the Bosch wins, but would love to hear of a real world comparison by someone who has real experience with both.