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New Dewalt Xtreme Cordless Rotary Hammer

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Dewalt has come out with a new Xtreme brushless SDS Plus rotary hammer, DCH072, their first for their 12V Max cordless power tool platform.

The new Dewalt Xtreme 12V Max cordless rotary hammer is said to be designed with a durable German-engineered mechanism that delivers 1.1 Joules of impact energy.

Dewalt DCH072 Xtreme 12V Cordless Rotary Hammer Drilling Masonry

The Dewalt DCH072 is designed to be compact and lightweight. The 9/16″ SDS Plus rotary hammer is designed for tasks such as mounting strut, installing conduit, hanging fixtures, anchoring pipe clamps, and maintenance or repair operations.

Dewalt says that the new rotary hammer is OSHA Table 1 complaint when used with their optional DWH200D dust shroud and DWH161D1 dust extractor.

Dewalt DCH072 Xtreme 12V Cordless Rotary Hammer with Battery

Dewalt DCH072 Rotary Hammer Features & Specs

  • 9/16″ drill capacity
  • SDS Plus chuck
  • Brushless motor
  • 1.1 Joules impact energy
  • Rotary + hammer and rotary-only drilling modes
  • Weighs 3.7 lbs (without battery)

Price: $179 for the bare tool (DCH072B), $299 for the kit (DCH072G2)

The kit comes with a charger, kit box, and (2) 3.0Ah batteries.

Buy Now: Bare Tool via Acme Tools
Buy Now: Kit via Acme Tools


Around 9 years ago, when one of Dewalt’s competitors announced their first 12V-class cordless rotary hammer, they provided an interesting bit of background context, about how 4 out of every 5 holes drilled in masonry are with 1/2″ or smaller drill bits.

I doubt that a lot has changed since then, and so let’s assume that this figure is still true. Larger rotary hammers are of course necessary for heavier duty tasks, but for users who solely drill smaller sized holes, a smaller and lighter rotary hammer seems very desirable.

It has taken Dewalt quite a long time to finally launch their own 12V Max-class cordless rotary hammer, but they have made incredible progress given that their new Xtreme line of brushless subcompact tools launched just two years ago.

This is also the third Dewalt Xtreme 12V Max launch in recent months. Dewalt recently launched a new Xtreme cordless circular saw, an Xtreme cordless band saw, Xtreme Subcompact impact wrenches, and an Xtreme 12V Max 5Ah battery.

Dewalt has maintained strong momentum with their Xtreme 12V Max lineup, and more than that the tools deliver an excellent user experience (in my opinion so far).

I’m happy to see continued expansion of Dewalt’s Xtreme cordless power tool system, and there’s even more to come.

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