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I need to remove about 100m² of ceramic tiles, mostly floor tiles. We have floating concrete floors and brick walls. At the moment I have a Bosch rotary hammer (SDS Plus, about 3Joule impact energy).

Is that enough or should I better get an SDS-Max hammer?

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  • You've got the rotary hammer. Give it a go and see if it works. If not, invest in the purchase/rental of additional weaponry. If the rotary hammer works, but just not fast enough, rent a second one and conscript someone to operate it. – FreeMan Jun 29 '20 at 12:21
  • How did the rotary hammer work? What chisels worked best? Anything else you can add to help the next person facing this challenge? – mongo Jan 6 at 13:25
  • @mongo the work got delayed. I don't know yet – Martin Jan 7 at 17:48
  • Which rotary hammer drill do you have, if you don't mind sharing? – mongo Jan 7 at 18:35
  • @mongo The predecessor of the GBH 2-28 F . Don't know the exact model now as I lent it away. Can recommend it. I mostly used it for drilling in reinforced concrete and hard stone. – Martin Jan 7 at 22:32
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Should be fine, with a decent wide chisel bit. I used my Bosch SDS drill to completely strip the pebble-dash off my old house.

At the end of the day, though, a lot will depend on what the adhesive is like, and how strong the tiles are (whether they shatter or come off in nice large pieces)

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  • In my experience, the type of tile, as well as the adhesion method, will have a big impact (no pun intended). For most household tile, the SDS plus will be adequate. If you had to remove terracotta or something similarly dense, then tool reinforcements may be necessary. The Bosch tool, about 1.5" wide and with a curve in it worked well, and will last for at least 10m2 in a normal household bathroom. That tool is about $11. Other tools may last longer, but that spoon/chisel gets under the tile nicely. – mongo Nov 30 '20 at 14:57

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