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Makita HM1502 Demolition Hammer | Pro Tool Reviews

Makita Designs the HM1502 for Heavy Demolition Projects

The Makita HM1502 43 lb. demolition hammer lacks AVT vibration control, but hits with all the power of the larger HM1512. Makita designed this demolition hammer to blast through lower wall zones and floor foundations up to 8-inches thick. Makita also engineered it specifically to tackle trench digging and even tamping applications.

What’s the Big Deal?

The engineering team at Makita has opted for an inline body design that makes it an ideal solution for working in narrow spaces. This design also improves the tool’s balance and maneuverability.

The Makita HM1502 Demolition Hammer uses a 15-amp motor that can piledrive 36.2 ft-lbs. of force into whatever job it is you’re doing. It excels at breaking up concrete, and—with the right 1-1/8″ steel bit—it can even tackle digging and tamping quickly.

Makita has also included a Soft Start feature that ramps up the speed and force of the hammering action after you pull the trigger. The benefit here is that the demo hammer won’t take off on you when you fire it up. You can also fit the HM1502 with an optional Makita dust extractor (VC4210L or XCV13) to help keep your jobsite OSHA Table 1 compliant.

Other Makita HM1502 Features

  • LED Power Lights indicate switch failure or cord damage
  • LED Service Light notifies the user approximately 8 hours before the brushes need to be replaced
  • Extended Life Brushes allow for more work between service intervals
  • Automatic Brush Cut-Off protects commutator from damage for longer tool life
  • Easy-to-operate slide switch with lock-on is positioned to be activated without releasing the handles
  • Side handle swivels 360° for increased maneuverability
  • Rubberized ergonomic soft grip provides more comfort
  • Makita Motor Advantage engineered with field core interlocking steel laminations, dual ball bearing armature and more copper commutator bars, increasing energy transfer efficiency for more power and longer tool life
  • Durable blow-molded rolling tool case for safe storage and easy transportation

What’s the Diff?

You might be wondering what the differences are between the Makita HM1502 and the other new Makita demolition hammer, the HM1512. Basically, the two designs are pretty similar with the main feature of the latter being the inclusion of anti-vibration technology (AVT). This offers some improvement to the general comfort level, but at the expense of a seemingly marginal amount of impact force.

Model Makita HM1502 Makita HM1512
Description 43 lb. demolition hammer that accepts 1-1/8″ hex bits 45 lb. demolition hammer that accepts 1-1/8″ hex bits
Amps 15 15
Impact Energy (ft.lbs./Joules) 36.2 ft.lbs. / 49.1 J 35.7 ft.lbs. / 48.5 J
Blows Per Minute 1,300 BPM 1,300 BPM
AVT No Yes
Vibration Measure 14.5 m/s2 6.5 m/s2
Noise Level 106 dB 106 dB
Soft Start Yes Yes
Weight 43.4 lbs. 45 lbs.
Price $999 $1299

Pricing & Availablity

We found the Makita HM1502 43 lb. Demolition Hammer for $999. It comes with a 1-year warranty, and it’s available anywhere you find Makita tools. If you want AVT vibration control which shaves more than half the vibration, expect to pay around $300 more for the Makita HM1512.

Makita Demolition Hammer Specs

  • Model: Makita HM1502
  • Amps: 15 amps
  • Impact Energy: 36.2 ft.lbs. / 49.1 J
  • Blows Per Minute: 1,300 BPM
  • Vibration Measure: 14.5 m/s2
  • Noise Level: 106 dB
  • Soft Start: Yes
  • Bit type: 1-1/8 in. Hex
  • Length: 31-3/4 in.
  • Cord Length: 16.4 ft.
  • Weight: 43.4 lbs.
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: $999

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