Milwaukee Compact 5/8” SDS Plus Hammer Drill

By Robert Robillard on Tool Review Videos, Tool Reviews

Milwaukee 5/8” SDS Plus Hammer Drill Model 5263-21  REVIEW

As I get older I’m finding myself talking the time to make jigs, buy tools or use two wheelers or a helper anytime I can.  Why?   I’m on the quest to find “the easier way.”  

You know, the way that doesn’t beat your body up and leave you exhausted at the end of the day way! Hell, I even started wearing knee pads when working low and on my knees – YUP ~ I’m getting old!

On the path to my quest I came across a little red tool that almost looks like a toy buts it’s not, in fact pound for pound it’s tough, strong and packs a huge punch considering it weighs only  4.6 pounds.  [that’s not a typo!]

It’s the Milwaukee 5/8” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer, and it’s touted to be the the lightest and most compact tool in its class.  With its light weight and 10.9″ length this hammer drill is just the tool you need overhead and tight quarter drilling applications.

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Milwaukee Group Product Manager Rick Gambaccini told me that the  Milwaukee Compact 5/8” SDS Plus Hammer Drill is 40% lighter than competitive units.  

The hammer has an innovative gear design and a drop motor to provide unmatched balance, and allow it to be so compact.

Once I tried this hammer I was smitten – recently I acquired one and will turn it loose on the job-site to see how well it endures.

In the meantime rest assured that at $187.00 this tool will pay for itself on the first big overhead drilling job you have!

You can purchase the Milwaukee Compact 5/8” SDS Plus Hammer Drill online for $187.00 here: Milwaukee-5263-21-8-inch-Rotary-Hammer

Other Features:  5263-21 5/8” SDS Plus Rotary Hammer

  • 1.5 ft-lbs of impact energy
  • Anti-Vibration System (AVS™) delivers maximum user comfort by minimizing vibration.
  • Heavy-Duty 5-year tool/1-year service warranty.
  • 5.5 Amps
  • 0-3,700 RPM
  • 0-4,400 BPM
  • 5/8” Max Capacity
  • 10.9” Long
  • 4.6 lbs
  • Side handle, depth rod and carry case included.


The Milwaukee 5263-21 can be purchased  for $182.00 online here: Milwaukee-5263-21-8-inch-Rotary-Hammer


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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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