Drills: With Or Without Percussion?

When you are looking for a new type of tool that you have never used before, you can come across all kinds of more and more technical information that can make it difficult for you. When it comes to the drill, one of the terms that can give you headaches is percussion. Do you need a product with percussion or is one more useful without it? Find out some essential facts here. 

When you start projects and works in the house, or even when you simply want to hang a painting or some shelves on a wall, without the help of a foreman or craftsman, you will find useful some specialized tools, such as hobby or even semi-professional, to do a good job. One of the devices that Romanians often go to is the drill, that drilling tool, and not only, that removes “trills” that neighbors are not exactly happy. 

But, as any man can be a good householder at home, and as such a tool is useful in the man’s house, we will tell you what are the differences between the major product categories, to make it easier for you to understand when and why. what to choose a model with or without percussion. 

In general, drills are divided into simple models, percussion and rotary hammer. If you do not know the differences between them, choosing the right one for the job you will submit becomes confusing and can be frustrating, especially when the important features can be hidden among many terms and functions that you do not understand or are not interested in. 


Simple drill

It usually has the function of screwing and drilling, being, rather, a mixture between the options of an electric screwdriver and a drill. If you don’t need to drill holes in the walls very often, this type will fully satisfy your needs, proving to be simple to use, for the most part. 

In general, variants without a rotary hammer are useful when dealing with softer materials, such as various types of wood, plastic, aluminum or iron, and when you will not use them too often. It is obvious that, given the smaller power and smaller dimensions, a simple drill will not be able to break a wall of brick or BCA vaults, for example, or even concrete, in which case either the device breaks or it wears out a lot, or you can even get injured. 

Even a tool at a higher price, for semi-professional or professional use, without percussion, can give holes in brick or concrete, but they will come out bad, compared even with a weaker model in terms of quality, but which has a percussion function. So, for the strictly necessary, a model without percussion will be useful, at a low cost. 


Percussion drill

It is addressed to the public more passionate about DIY works, for which a greater power will be useful. In addition, the available functions will be more numerous, being able to make repairs at home at any time or even becoming the “master” of your group of friends and the one who is always called when it comes to “drilling holes in the walls” for one project or another. 

The percussion system varies from one brand to another, it is preferable, however, to choose an option with a rotary percussion function that you can activate when you want. The product should be part of a semi-professional range, a good example being the models of Bosch percussion drill , at affordable prices, from online and offline stores. 

In general, this typology is recommended for drilling thick and difficult to penetrate layers such as brick, BCA or earth brick, being capable of small holes, up to 12 – 14 mm. Consequently, it will be suitable for the usual household chores, such as hanging some pieces of furniture or shelves or curtains. 

Percussion drills are the standard tool for DIY enthusiasts and home improvement projects, or for a householder always ready for new constructions in his free time, and more. They can be used even by a licensed craftsman, because it is not necessary to use a tool that is too strong when it is not the case, just as no weaker one will do a good job. 



It is the most powerful option on the market when it comes to drilling and similar works. Of course, the purchase price will be the highest compared to the other two options, but its capabilities are much more powerful. Therefore, it is usually chosen by professionals and those who need daily a tool capable of breaking into precast concrete slabs or asphalt in a very short time or by people who need diameters larger than 14 mm. 

The rotary hammer withstands the effort brilliantly, unlike a percussion drill whose efficiency decreases considerably as it is used for larger holes. For a professional, there is no doubt that such an element should not be missing from the work kit. 

By using the right accessories, you can screw, unscrew, drill or sand different surfaces, because among the things that are provided you can include sharp drills, to drill metal, wood, plastic or aluminum and those with Vidia head for harder surfaces, such as concrete, there are also whole collections of screwdriver heads in different shapes and sizes, as well as brushes for polishing or sanding. 

The ideal is a rotary hammer tool with manual disconnection, for perfect handling, and where you can add what accessories you need or more useful, along the way. 

In the case of work in areas where it is not possible to connect to the mains, a master’s kit should not be missing a version with batteries, whether it is percussion or not, depending on needs. A smaller model is also useful for interior design works, for operations performed near the corners of the room, so that the wall and plaster are not affected. 

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