Any body who's had to break a fair amount of concrete knows the dilema- keep renting the 60 pound Bosch at a hundred bucks a day (including driving) or bite the bullet and buy this Makita breaker. But will the Makita get the job done and how fast? The answers are: yes it will do about any thing the big Bosch will, but only about 60-75% as fast. Pound for pound though, the Makita is more tool, which means YOU won't get as beat up in the process. And since you're not renting, you can space the (lessened) punishment out over more time. This tool is light enough to one hand at verticle, so you can alternate hands too. I'm more of a Hitachi and Bosch guy, but Makita makes good stuff, and this breaker is plenty tough to stand up to abuse. Tools-of-the-Trade magazine just did a test of breakers that comes out in favor of this tool also. Contrary to the picture, no point or any other accessories are included, so be sure to order an 1 1/8 tool, the longer the better. Amazon ships this in Makita's box, which has zero padding over the steel case. Consider it a steel shipping case because it WILL get toasted in shipping, though the tool itself is pretty much indestructable.
I listened to the last guy that reviewed this hammer and ordered one the next day rather than renting one. If I would have just done that years ago I wouldn't be going in for shoulder surgery right now. I used the hammer on rock for a solid day last week while digging a 100ft, main water line ditch that was in rock infested hard packed virgin soil. I was just amazed at how well the Makita electric hammer could work. It was a true enjoyment to use. Just make sure you let the weight of the hammer do the work for you... don't force it. Also don't forget to order a chisel or point for the hammer it doesn't come with one. On rock the Bosch HS2161 20-Inch x 20-1/2-Inch Moil Point worked best. It was around 20 bucks through Amazon. Yeah....and the case that came with the hammer is made of such thin metal that by the time you recieve it, it can either be uses for a hampster box or you can do like I did and T-Bone it in the round can. It came so completly bashed up it was hardly worth keeping. Now days when it says handle with care on the side...the shippers think that it means, " you can drop it from a fork lift and it will be just fine." You won't be dissipointed with the hammer though. A great buy!! jz
Like the other reviewers noted, those who have rented breakers from home centers often end up thinking about buying. The large breakers I've rented are great, but VERY heavy and a real workout to use. The Makita HM1304B is lighter but powerful and, for me, easier to handle. Mine came in a plastic case with wheels, and included a single moll-point chisel. It's the perfect choice for me and I'm completely satisfied.
I use this tool in my concrete business, and it has helped me bust up steps up to a foot thick. While at that thickness its a little too small, it still beats swinging a sledge hammer. I have used this for tearing out steps and basement floors for plumbing installs. Highly recommended, and you can't go wrong with Makita!
Thanks to all for your reviews. My addition: Purchased in Dec 2010 and came in well built plastic case with wheels, so rolls like a suitcase. Came with one moil point bit. ... sorry, after posting, I see that Mr. Perkins has already provided this information.