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TE 4-A22

Original operating instructions

Information about the documentation

About this documentation

  • Read this documentation before initial operation or use. This is a prerequisite for safe, trouble-free handling and use of the product.
  • Observe the safety instructions and warnings in this documentation and on the product.
  • Always keep the operating instructions with the product and make sure that the operating instructions are with the product when it is given to other persons.

Explanation of symbols used


Warnings alert persons to hazards that occur when handling or using the product. The following signal words are used:
  • Draws attention to imminent danger that will lead to serious personal injury or fatality.
  • Draws attention to a potential threat of danger that can lead to serious injury or fatality.
  • Draws attention to a potentially dangerous situation that could lead to slight personal injury or damage to the equipment or other property.

Symbols in the documentation

The following symbols are used in this document:
Image alternative Read the operating instructions before use.
Image alternative Instructions for use and other useful information
Image alternative Dealing with recyclable materials
Image alternative Do not dispose of electric equipment and batteries as household waste

Symbols in the illustrations

The following symbols are used in illustrations:
Image alternative These numbers refer to the corresponding illustrations found at the beginning of these operating instructions
Image alternative The numbering reflects the sequence of operations shown in the illustrations and may deviate from the steps described in the text
Image alternative Item reference numbers are used in the overview illustrations and refer to the numbers used in the product overview section
Image alternative This symbol is intended to draw special attention to certain points when handling the product.

Product-dependent symbols

Symbols on the product

The following symbols can be used on the product:
Image alternative Drilling without hammer action
Image alternative Drilling with hammering action (hammer drilling)
Image alternative Forward / reverse
Image alternative Protection class II (double-insulated)
Image alternative Rated speed under no load
Image alternative Direct current (DC)
Image alternative Li-ion battery
Image alternative Hilti Li-ion battery type series used. Observe the information given in the section headed Intended use .
Image alternative Wireless data transfer

Product information

Image alternative products are designed for professional users and only trained, authorized personnel are permitted to operate, service and maintain the products. This personnel must be specifically informed about the possible hazards. The product and its ancillary equipment can present hazards if used incorrectly by untrained personnel or if used not in accordance with the intended use.
The type designation and serial number are printed on the rating plate.
  • Write down the serial number in the table below. You will be required to state the product details when contacting Hilti Service or your local Hilti organization to inquire about the product.
    Product information
    Rotary hammer
    TE 4‑A22
    Serial no.


General power tool safety warnings

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Read all safety warnings and all instructions. Failure to follow the warnings and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
Work area safety
  • Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered or dark areas invite accidents.
  • Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, such as in the presence of flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may ignite the dust or fumes.
  • Keep children and bystanders away while operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control.
Electrical safety
  • Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded surfaces, such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There is an increased risk of electric shock if your body is earthed or grounded.
  • Do not expose power tools to rain or wet conditions. Water entering a power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.
Personal safety
  • Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when operating a power tool. Do not use a power tool while you are tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention while operating power tools may result in serious personal injury.
  • Use personal protective equipment. Always wear eye protection. Protective equipment such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce personal injuries.
  • Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch is in the off‐position before connecting to battery pack, picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying power tools with your finger on the switch or energising power tools that have the switch on invites accidents.
  • Remove any adjusting key or wrench before turning the power tool on. A wrench or a key left attached to a rotating part of the power tool may result in personal injury.
  • Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and balance at all times. This enables better control of the power tool in unexpected situations.
  • Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery. Keep your hair, clothing and gloves away from moving parts. Loose clothes, jewellery or long hair can be caught in moving parts.
  • If devices are provided for the connection of dust extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are connected and properly used. Use of dust collection can reduce dust-related hazards.
Power tool use and care
  • Do not force the power tool. Use the correct power tool for your application. The correct power tool will do the job better and safer at the rate for which it was designed.
  • Do not use the power tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. Any power tool that cannot be controlled with the switch is dangerous and must be repaired.
  • Disconnect the battery pack from the power tool before making any adjustments, changing accessories, or storing power tools. Such preventive safety measures reduce the risk of starting the power tool accidentally.
  • Store idle power tools out of the reach of children and do not allow persons unfamiliar with the power tool or these instructions to operate the power tool. Power tools are dangerous in the hands of untrained users.
  • Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment or binding of moving parts, breakage of parts and any other condition that may affect the power tool’s operation. If damaged, have the power tool repaired before use. Many accidents are caused by poorly maintained power tools.
  • Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting edges are less likely to bind and are easier to control.
  • Use the power tool, accessories and tool bits etc. in accordance with these instructions, taking into account the working conditions and the work to be performed. Use of the power tool for operations different from those intended could result in a hazardous situation.
Battery tool use and care
  • Recharge only with the charger specified by the manufacturer. A charger that is suitable for one type of battery pack may create a risk of fire when used with another battery pack.
  • Use power tools only with specifically designated battery packs. Use of any other battery packs may create a risk of injury and fire.
  • When battery pack is not in use, keep it away from other metal objects, like paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws or other small metal objects, that can make a connection from one terminal to another. Shorting the battery terminals together may cause burns or a fire.
  • Under abusive conditions, liquid may be ejected from the battery; avoid contact. If contact accidentally occurs, flush with water. If liquid contacts eyes, additionally seek medical help. Liquid ejected from the battery may cause irritation or burns.
  • Have your power tool serviced by a qualified repair person using only identical replacement parts. This will ensure that the safety of the power tool is maintained.

Additional safety instructions for rotary hammer

Personal safety
  • Use the product only when it is in technically faultless condition.
  • Never tamper with or modify the power tool in any way.
  • Use the auxiliary grips supplied with the tool. Loss of control can cause personal injury.
  • Apply appropriate safety measures at the opposite side of the workpiece in work that involves breaking through. Parts breaking away could fall out and / or fall down causing injury to other persons.
  • Always hold the power tool with both hands on the grips provided. Keep the grips clean and dry.
  • Hold the power tool by the insulated gripping surfaces when performing work in which the accessory tool might come into contact with concealed wiring. If the accessory tool comes into contact with a live wire, metal parts of the power tool can also become live, resulting in an electric shock.
  • Avoid touching rotating parts – risk of injury!
  • Wear suitable protective glasses, a hard hat, ear defenders, protective gloves and light respiratory protection while using the power tool.
  • Wear protective gloves also when changing the accessory tool. Touching the accessory tool presents a risk of injury (cuts or burns).
  • Wear eye protection. Flying fragments present a risk of injury to the body and eyes.
  • Before starting work, check the hazard class of the dust that will be produced when working. Use an industrial vacuum cleaner with an officially approved protection class in compliance with the locally applicable dust protection regulations. Dust from materials such as lead-based paint, certain types of wood and concrete/masonry/stone containing quartz, minerals or metal can be harmful to health.
  • Make sure that the workplace is well ventilated and, where necessary, wear a respirator appropriate for the type of dust generated. Contact with or inhalation of the dust can cause allergic reactions and/or respiratory or other diseases to the operator or bystanders. Certain kinds of dust such as oakwood and beechwood dust are classified as carcinogenic, especially in conjunction with additives for wood conditioning (chromate, wood preservative). Only specialists are permitted to handle material containing asbestos.
  • Take breaks and do physical exercises to improve the blood circulation in your fingers. Exposure to vibration during long periods of work can lead to disorders of the blood vessels and nervous system in the fingers, hands and wrists.
Electrical safety
  • Before beginning work, check the working area for concealed electric cables, gas pipes and water pipes. External metal parts of the power tool can become live, presenting a risk of electric shock, if you accidentally damage an electric cable.
Power tool use and care
  • Immediately switch off the power tool if the accessory tool jams. The power tool might twist off-line.
  • Wait until the power tool stops completely before you lay it down.

Battery use and care

  • Observe the special regulations and instructions applicable to the transport, storage and use of Li-ion batteries.
  • Do not expose batteries to high temperatures, direct sunlight or fire.
  • Do not disassemble, crush or incinerate batteries and do not subject them to temperatures over 80 °C.
  • Do not use or charge batteries that have suffered mechanical impact, have been dropped from a height or show signs of damage. In this case, always contact your Hilti  Service .
  • If the battery is too hot to touch it may be defective. In this case, place the product in a non-flammable location, well away from flammable materials, where it can be kept under observation and allowed to cool down. In this case, always contact your Hilti  Service .


Parts, operating controls and indicators

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  1. Dust shield
  2. Chuck
  3. Accessory tool release
  4. Function selector switch
  5. Depth gauge
  6. Forward / reverse selector switch with safety lock
  7. Control switch
  8. Grip
  9. Battery
  10. Charge state and fault display (Li-ion battery)
  11. Battery release buttons
  12. Connection for the TE DRS-4-A(01) dust removal module
  13. Side handle

Intended use

The product described is a battery-powered rotary hammer. It is designed for hammer drilling in concrete and masonry, for drilling in steel, wood and masonry and for driving and removing screws.

  • Use only Hilti lithium‑ion batteries of the B 18 / B 22 series with this product.
  • Use only the Hilti battery chargers from the C4/36 series for these batteries.

Lithium‑ion battery status display

When the lithium-ion battery is used the charge status can be displayed by tapping one of the battery release buttons.
4 LEDs light.
Charge status: 75 % to 100 %
3 LEDs light.
Charge status: 50 % to 75 %
2 LEDs light.
Charge status: 25 % to 50 %
1 LED lights.
Charge status: 10 % to 25 %
1 LED blinks.
Charge status: < 10 %
Indication of the charge status is not possible while the power tool is in operation or immediately after operation. If the battery charge status LEDs flash, please refer to the information given in the Troubleshooting section.

Items supplied

Rotary hammer, side handle, depth gauge, operating instructions.
The TE DRS-4-A (01) dust removal module is available as an accessory that greatly reduces dust emissions.
You can find other system products approved for your product at your local Hilti Center or online at: .

Technical data

Rotary hammer

TE 4‑A22
Weight including battery B22⁄8.0
8.6 lb
(3.9 kg)
Single impact energy
2 J
Drilling diameter range in concrete/masonry (hammer drilling)
13/64 in … 5/8 in
Drilling diameter range in concrete/masonry (hammer drilling)
5 mm … 16 mm
Drilling diameter range in wood (solid)
1/8 in … 25/32 in
Drilling diameter range in wood (solid)
3 mm … 20 mm
Drilling diameter range in metal (solid-head drill bit)
1/8 in … 25/64 in
Drilling diameter range in metal (solid-head drill bit)
3 mm … 10 mm


Preparations at the workplace

Risk of injury by inadvertent starting!
  • Before inserting the battery, make sure that the product is switched off.
  • Remove the battery before making any adjustments to the power tool or before changing accessories.
Observe the safety instructions and warnings in this documentation and on the product.

Fitting the side handle

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  1. Release the side handle clamping band by turning the handle grip.
  2. Slide the side handle clamping band over the chuck from the front and into the recess provided.
  3. Bring the side handle into the desired position.
  4. Tighten the side handle clamping band by turning the handle grip.

Fitting the battery

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  1. Push the battery into the battery interface on the tool until it is heard to engage with a click.
  2. Check that the battery is seated securely.

Removing the battery

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  1. Press the release buttons on the battery.
  2. Pull the battery out toward the rear.

Fitting the accessory tool

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  1. Apply a little grease to the connection end of the accessory tool.
    • Use only the recommended grease supplied by Hilti. Use of the wrong grease can result in damage to the tool.
  2. Push the accessory tool into the chuck as far as it will go (until it engages).
  3. After fitting the accessory tool, grip it and pull it in order to check that it is securely engaged.
    • The product is ready for use.

Removing the accessory tool

Risk of injury! The tool becomes hot as a result of use.
  • Wear protective gloves when changing the tool.
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  • Pull the chuck back as far as it will go and remove the accessory tool.

Fitting the depth gauge (optional)

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  1. Release the side handle clamping band by turning the handle grip.
  2. Slide the depth gauge from the front into the 2 guide holes provided.
  3. Tighten the side handle clamping band by turning the handle grip.

Types of work

Risk of damage by incorrect handling!
  • Do not operate the switches for direction of rotation and/or function selection during operation.
Observe the safety instructions and warnings in this documentation and on the product.

Direction of rotation

  • Set the direction of rotation.
    • The selector switch engages in this position.

Drilling without hammering

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  • Set the function selector switch to this symbol: Image alternative.

Hammer drilling

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  • Set the function selector switch to this symbol: Image alternative.

Care and maintenance

Care and maintenance

Risk of injury with battery inserted !
  • Always remove the battery before carrying out care and maintenance tasks!
Care and maintenance of the tool
  • Carefully remove stubborn dirt.
  • Clean the air vents carefully with a dry brush.
  • Use only a slightly damp cloth to clean the casing. Do not use cleaning agents containing silicone as these can attack the plastic parts.
Care of the Li‑ion batteries
  • Keep the battery free from oil and grease.
  • Use only a slightly damp cloth to clean the casing. Do not use cleaning agents containing silicone as these may attack the plastic parts.
  • Avoid ingress of moisture.
  • Check all visible parts and controls for signs of damage at regular intervals and make sure that they all function correctly.
  • Do not operate the product if signs of damage are found or if parts malfunction. Have it repaired immediately by Hilti Service.
  • After cleaning and maintenance, fit all guards or protective devices and check that they function correctly.
To help ensure safe and reliable operation, use only genuine Hilti spare parts and consumables. Spare parts, consumables and accessories approved by Hilti for use with the product can be found at your local Hilti Store or online at: .

Cleaning the dust shield

  • Clean the dust shield on the chuck with a dry, clean cloth at regular intervals.
  • Clean the sealing lip by wiping it carefully and then grease it again lightly with Hilti grease.
  • It is essential that the dust shield is replaced if the sealing lip is damaged.

Transport and storage

Transport and storage of cordless tools

    Accidental starting during transport !
  • Always transport your products with the batteries removed!
  • Remove the battery.
  • Never transport batteries in bulk form (loose, unprotected).
  • Check the tool and batteries for damage before use after long periods of transport.
    Accidental damage caused by defective or leaking batteries !
  • Always store your products with the batteries removed!
  • Store the tool and batteries in a place that is as cool and dry as possible.
  • Never store batteries in direct sunlight, on heating units or behind a window pane.
  • Store the tool and batteries in a place where they cannot be accessed by children or unauthorized persons.
  • Check the tool and batteries for damage before use after long periods of storage.



If the trouble you are experiencing is not listed in this table or you are unable to remedy the problem by yourself, please contact Hilti Service.

The rotary hammer is not in working order

Possible cause
Action to be taken
The LEDs indicate nothing.
The battery is not fully inserted.
  • Push the battery in until it engages with a double click.
The battery is discharged.
  • Change the battery and charge the empty battery.
1 LED blinks.
The battery is discharged.
  • Change the battery and charge the empty battery.
The battery is too hot or too cold.
  • Bring the battery to the recommended working temperature.
4 LEDs blink.
The rotary hammer has been overloaded briefly.
  • Release the control switch and then press it again.

The rotary hammer is in working order

Trouble or fault
Possible cause
Action to be taken
No hammering action.
The rotary hammer is too cold.
  • Bring the tip of the drill bit into contact with the working surface, switch the rotary hammer on and allow it to run. If necessary, repeat the procedure until the hammering mechanism begins to operate.
The function selector switch is set to “Drilling without hammering” Image alternative.
  • Set the function selector switch to “Hammer drilling” Image alternative.
The rotary hammer has been set to reverse rotation.
  • Move the forward / reverse selector switch to the “Forward” position.
The control switch can’t be pressed, i.e. the switch is locked.
The forward / reverse switch is in the middle position.
  • Push the forward / reverse switch to the right or left.
The drive spindle does not rotate.
The permissible operating temperature of the rotary hammer’s electronics has been exceeded.
  • Allow the rotary hammer to cool down.
The battery is discharged.
  • Change the battery and charge the empty battery.
The rotary hammer switches itself off automatically.
The overload cut-out has been activated.
  • Release the control switch. Allow the rotary hammer to cool down. Press the control switch again. Reduce the load on the tool.
The battery runs down more quickly than usual.
Very low ambient temperature.
  • Allow the battery to warm up slowly to room temperature.
The battery does not engage with an audible "double click".
The retaining lugs on the battery are dirty.
  • Clean the retaining lugs and refit the battery.
The rotary hammer or the battery gets very hot.
Electrical fault.
  • Switch off the rotary hammer immediately. Remove the battery and keep it under observation. Allow it to cool down. Contact Hilti service.
The rotary hammer has been overloaded (application limit exceeded).
  • Select a tool that is suitable for its intended use.
The insert tool can’t be released.
The chuck is not pulled back fully.
  • Pull the chuck back as far as it will go and remove the accessory tool.
The tool makes no progress.
The rotary hammer has been set to reverse rotation.
  • Move the forward / reverse selector switch to the “Forward” position.
The function selector switch is set to “Drilling without hammering” Image alternative.
  • Set the function selector switch to “Hammer drilling” Image alternative.


Image alternative Most of the materials from which Hilti tools and appliances are manufactured can be recycled. The materials must be correctly separated before they can be recycled. In many countries, your old tools, machines or appliances can be returned to Hilti for recycling. Ask Hilti Service or your Hilti representative for further information.
Battery disposalImproper disposal of batteries can result in health hazards from leaking gases or fluids.
  • DO NOT send batteries through the mail!
  • Cover the terminals with a non-conductive material (such as electrical tape) to prevent short circuiting.
  • Dispose of your battery out of the reach of children.
  • Dispose of the battery at your Hilti Store , or consult your local governmental garbage disposal or public health and safety resources for disposal instructions.
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  • Do not dispose of power tools, electronic equipment or batteries as household waste!

Manufacturer’s warranty

  • Please contact your local Hilti representative if you have questions about the warranty conditions.