The Bosch Brute Breaker has been the most popular Jack Hammer since the late 70’s but unfortunately hasn’t really changed that much in the past 30 years. That all changed today as the new Brute model BH2760VCD ($1599, Ohio Power Tool) is officially launched (we are calling it Brute 2 to keep things clear). This next generation breaker brings an incredible 60% more impact energy at the same time reducing the vibration by 50% in addition to several added features to improve service.
Unfortunately what happened while the Bosch Brute 11304 was sitting on top of the hill as king Demolition Breaker, DeWalt and Makita have produced similar breakers with newer technology reduced vibration while increasing force and Bosch found themselves with an out of date product. The Bosch Brute 2 of course reclaims the thrown beating out all the competition in nearly every possible way. Below is a rough breakdown of the stats.
Bosch Brute 11304KD $1480
Impact Force: 43 ft lbs
Vibrations: 18 m/s2
Vibration Control: None
Makita HM1810X3 $1597
Impact Force: 46 ft lbs (63J) ***Updated 1/14/11***
Vibrations: 8 m/s2
Vibration Control: Counter Balance
Bosch Brute 2 BH2760VCD $1599
Impact Force: 49.5 ft lbs (68J) ***Updated 1/14/11***
Vibrations: 8 m/s2
Vibration Controls: Air Chamber & Handles
DeWalt D25980 $1649
Impact Force: 61 ft lbs
Vibrations: 11 m/s2
Vibration Control: Shocks & Handles
The Makita HM1810X3 ($1597, Ohio Power Tool) has been gaining in popularity in the past few years with the innovation of their Anti Vibration Technology (AVT). This unit has stepped out as the best performer in the breaker world but what AVT does is add size and weight to support the counter balance mechanism. Another negative side effect is more moving parts, which increases the likelihood of breakdown, longer downtime and more costly repairs.
As you can see from the numbers, the Brute 2 really does put up the most impressive overall performance but in addition (and possibly most important) it needs to continue to be the most dependable "rental house" breaker that made the original Brute top dog for so many years. To help keep maintenance simple and prolong the tools life the Brute 2 will feature the Service Minder Brush System, which will actually shut the tool off when it needs new brushes, lubricant or other maintenance. Additional features that should prevent wear and tear include a fluted hammer tube to keep the tool from overheating, more rugged bolts and spring dampening system and rubberized non-slip cap on top. The most common repair we’ve seen on the Brute 11304 would be replacing handles after this tool falls over so that non-slip cap is actually a much bigger improvement than you might guess.
We have had several opportunities to test all 4 of these models out including the 2010 World of Concrete and during a recent trip to Bosch headquarters. Although Bosch toyed around with the idea of making the Brute 2 blue, as seen in the picture above, it looks like they stuck with the caution yellow everyone associates with the Bosch Brute. In our experience there really was a very noticeable difference with the Brute in ease of use and performance. Lighter, shorter length, less vibration, more power and rubber end cap cushion all work together when you are repositioning and actually using this unit, making it the clear winner. Also don’t forget to check out Ohio Power Tool for all your 1-1/8" hex steel chisels and points.
Read the Bosch Press Release Below:
Mount Prospect, Ill., – Bosch’s new Brute Breaker Hammer BH2760VC has surpassed its predecessor, the venerable 11304 Brute, achieving the best overall performance with the lowest vibration levels. The new Brute’s hammer mechanism provides up to 60 percent more impact energy than the 11304, while reducing vibration levels by up to 50 percent. Weighing in at a svelte 65 lbs., the BH2760VC boasts the category’s best power-to-weight ratio, delivering up to 68 ft. lbs. of impact energy.
The secret to Bosch’s latest “crushing” innovation lies in the ability to improve the Brute’s performance and lower vibration levels at the same time. Over the years, competitive products have used counter balance technology to reduce vibration levels, which adds size and weight to the tool. Using its patented Active Vibration Control™ technology, Bosch has created a longer air cushion which is actually built-in to the hammer mechanism and substantially reduces vibration levels at the source. This, combined with ergonomically-designed shock absorbing handles, helps provide the lowest vibration levels in its class for maximum user comfort in all day applications.
The increased impact energy not only improves performance but does not have an off-setting effect on jobsite durability. The BH2760VC was engineered from the bottom up to deliver a more efficient motor, less energy loss in the seals, heavier duty springs and bolts and a larger, more rugged spring dampening system. Bosch’s Service Minder™ Brush System shuts the tool off when brush replacement, lubrication or preventative maintenance is needed and a grease-packed gear box and hammer mechanism eliminate the uncertainty of jobsite lubrication. All of these enhancements were made with one goal in mind: exceed today’s already high standard for the Brute’s durability and lifetime.
The Brute legend dates back to 1966 when the first production of the high-frequency GSH 27 (model 12308) was built in Leinfelden, Germany. In 1977, the universal motor was introduced in the Bosch 11304 Brute Breaker hammer. To date, a 1978 model of the 11304 remains one of the longest-rented tool in history – a total of 2076 times over 21 years – before it was donated back to Bosch still-operational.