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- 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.
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WarningsWarnings alert persons to hazards that occur when handling or using the product. The following signal words are used:
Symbols in the documentationThe following symbols are used in this document:
|Read the operating instructions before use.
|Instructions for use and other useful information
|Dealing with recyclable materials
|Do not dispose of electric equipment and batteries as household waste
Symbols in the illustrationsThe following symbols are used in illustrations:
|These numbers refer to the corresponding illustrations found at the beginning of these operating instructions
|The numbering reflects the sequence of operations shown in the illustrations and may deviate from the steps described in the text
|Item reference numbers are used in the overview illustrations and refer to the numbers used in the product overview section
|This symbol is intended to draw special attention to certain points when handling the product.
Symbols on the product
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|Rated speed under no load
|Revolutions per minute
|Wireless data transfer
Product informationproducts 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.
Drilling feed unit DD AF-CA Generation: 01 Serial no.:
Declaration of conformityWe declare, on our sole responsibility, that the product described here complies with the applicable directives and standards. A copy of the declaration of conformity can be found at the end of this documentation.
The technical documentation is filed here:
Hilti Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH | Tool Certification | Hiltistrasse 6 | 86916 Kaufering, Germany
General power tool safety warningsWARNING Read all safety warnings, instructions, illustrations and specifications provided with this power tool. Failure to follow all instructions listed below may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term "power tool" in the warnings refers to your mains-operated (corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.
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.
- Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Never modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs with earthed (grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric shock.
- 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.
- Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Damaged or entangled cords increase the risk of electric shock.
- When operating a power tool outdoors, use an extension cord suitable for outdoor use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use reduces the risk of electric shock.
- If operating a power tool in a damp location is unavoidable, use a residual current device (RCD) protected supply. Use of an RCD reduces the risk of electric shock.
- 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 a 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 power source and/or 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.
- Do not let familiarity gained from frequent use of tools allow you to become complacent and ignore tool safety principles. A careless action can cause severe injury within a fraction of a second.
- 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 plug from the power source and/or remove the battery pack, if detachable, 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 and accessories. 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.
- Keep handles and grasping surfaces dry, clean and free from oil and grease. Slippery handles and grasping surfaces do not allow for safe handling and control of the tool in unexpected situations.
Diamond drill safety warnings
- When performing drilling that requires the use of water, route the water away from the operator’s work area or use a liquid collection device. Such precautionary measures keep the operator’s work area dry and reduce the risk of electrical shock.
- Operate power tool by insulated grasping surfaces, when performing an operation where the cutting accessory may contact hidden wiring or its own cord. Cutting accessory contacting a “live” wire may make exposed metal parts of the power tool “live” and could give the operator an electric shock.
- Wear hearing protection when diamond drilling. Exposure to noise can cause hearing loss.
- When the bit is jammed, stop applying downward pressure and turn off the tool. Investigate and take corrective actions to eliminate the cause of the bit jamming.
- When restarting a diamond drill in the workpiece check that the bit rotates freely before starting. If the bit is jammed, it may not start, may overload the tool, or may cause the diamond drill to release from the workpiece.
- When securing the drill stand with anchors and fasteners to the workpiece, ensure that the anchoring used is capable of holding and restraining the machine during use. If the workpiece is weak or porous, the anchor may pull out causing the drill stand to release from the workpiece.
- When drilling through walls or ceilings, ensure to protect persons and the work area on the other side. The bit may extend through the hole or the core may fall out on the other side.
- Do not use this tool for overhead drilling with water supply. Water entering the power tool will increase the risk of electric shock.
Additional safety instructionsPersonal safety
- Do not tamper with or attempt to make alterations to the machine.
- The machine is not intended for use by debilitated persons who have received no special training.
- Keep the machine out of reach of children.
- Do not touch rotating parts. Switch the machine on only after it is in position at the workpiece. Touching rotating parts, especially rotating accessory tools, can result in injury.
- Avoid skin contact with drilling slurry.
- 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. Contact with or inhalation of the dust can cause allergic reactions and/or respiratory or other diseases among operators 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. Use as effective a dust removal system as possible. To achieve a high level of dust collection, use a suitable vacuum extractor of the type recommended by Hilti for wood dust and/or mineral dust and which is designed for use with this power tool. Make sure that the workplace is well ventilated. It is advisable to wear a respirator appropriate for the type of dust generated. Comply with national regulations applicable to the materials you will be working with.
- The diamond core drilling machine and the diamond core bit are heavy. There is a risk of crushing parts of the body. The user and persons in the vicinity must wear suitable protective goggles, a hard hat, ear defenders, protective gloves and protective footwear while the machine is in use.
- Make sure that the machine is correctly secured to the drill stand.
- Always make sure that an end stop is installed on the drill stand as otherwise the safety-relevant end-stop function is not implemented.
- Check that accessory tools are compatible with the machine’s chuck/drive system and that they are installed and secured correctly.
- Do not use extension cords with multiple power outlets powering two or more devices in operation at the same time.
- Operate the machine only when it is connected to an adequately rated power supply with a ground conductor.
- Before beginning work, check the working area (e.g. using a metal detector) to ensure that no concealed electric cables or gas and water pipes are present. External metal parts of the machine can become live, for example if you inadvertently damage electric wiring. This constitutes a serious risk of electric shock.
- Make sure that the supply cord cannot be damaged as the carriage advances.
- Never operate the machine without the accompanying PRCD (machines without PRCD: Never operate the machine without an isolating transformer). Test the PRCD each time before use.
- Check the machine’s supply cord at regular intervals and have it replaced by a qualified specialist if found to be damaged. If the machine’s supply cord is damaged it must be replaced with a specially prepared and approved supply cord available from Hilti Customer Service. Check extension cords at regular intervals and replace them if found to be damaged. Do not touch the supply cord or extension cord if it is damaged while working. Disconnect the supply cord plug from the power outlet. Damaged supply cords or extension cords present a risk of electric shock.
- Never operate the machine when it is dirty or wet. Dust (especially dust from conductive materials) or dampness adhering to the surface of the machine may, under unfavorable conditions, lead to electric shock. Dirty or dusty machines should thus be checked by Hilti Service at regular intervals, especially if used frequently for working on conductive materials.
- Approval must be obtained from the site engineer or architect prior to beginning drilling work. Drilling work on buildings and other structures may influence the static equilibrium of the structure, especially when steel reinforcing bars or load-bearing components are cut through.
- If the drill stand has not been fastened correctly, always move the machine mounted on the drill stand all the way down in order to prevent the stand from falling over.
- Keep the supply cord, extension cord, water hose and vacuum hose away from rotating parts of the machine.
- Use of the water collection system in conjunction with a wet-type industrial vacuum extractor is a mandatory requirement for wet drilling overhead.
- Use of the vacuum securing method without an additional means of fastening is prohibited for drilling in an upward direction.
- An additional means of securing the drill stand must be employed when the machine is secured with the vacuum securing method (accessory) for horizontal drilling.
Parts and operating controls
- Water flow regulator on the diamond core drilling machine
- Hose connection to the diamond core drilling machine
- Water supply connection
- Drilling feed unit
- Control panel and display
- Drill stand
- Connector for electric power and communication
- Diamond core drilling machine
Control panel and display
- Emergency stop button
- Service indicator
- Button and LED: Manual mode
- Button and LED: CUT ASSIST Mode
- Positioning buttons with LED
The DD AF-CA drilling feed unit, a diamond core drilling machine and a drill stand recommended by Hilti together form an automatic diamond core drilling system suitable for wet core drilling in mineral materials.
When in operation, the DD AF-CA must always be mounted on the drill stand.
The drill stand must alway be secured using the anchor spindle and a suitable anchor.
When in operation, the DD AF-CA must be connected to a cooling water supply that meets the minimum specifications given in the technical data.
The product, accessories and tools can present hazards if used incorrectly by untrained personnel or if used not in accordance with the intended use.
Items suppliedDD AF-CA drilling feed unit, securing screw, operating instructions
Control panel and display
|Emergency stop button
||Press the Emergency stop button to stop drilling instantly.
The diamond core drilling system is still under electric power, but operation can be resumed only after the emergency stop button has been released.
|Releasing the emergency stop button
||To cancel the emergency stop, turn the Emergency stop button and pull it out, then press the on/off switch of the diamond core drilling machine.
||Service LED blinks red
||A malfunction that can be remedied, e.g. overheating. See the section headed "Troubleshooting" .
|Service LED lights red
||Disconnect the system from the electricity supply and then reconnect. See the section headed "Troubleshooting" .
Manual mode button
|Manual mode LED ON
||Manual control by hand wheel activated.
|Manual mode LED OFF
||CUT ASSIST activated.
|Pressing the button activates manual mode.
In manual mode the water is free to flow. Water from the water supply flows out through the core bit.
Pressing the button deactivates manual mode.
|Power indicator CUT ASSIST
CUT ASSIST button / power boost
|When you switch back from manual mode, CUT ASSIST is activated at full power. CUT ASSIST does not start the flow of cooling water until drilling commences and it stops the flow of water when drilling ends.
Repeatedly pressing the button cycles through the power levels one after the other.
Pressing the deactivates CUT ASSIST.
|3 LEDs light up
||Full power (preselected after switching on).
|2 LEDs light up
||Medium power (approx. 85%).
|1 LED lights up
||Low power (approx. 65%).
|Carriage positioning indicator
Carriage positioning buttons
|These two buttons are available in CUT ASSIST mode only. They are used exclusively for positioning the carriage, for example for installing the core bit. The hand wheel has to be removed when the machine is going to be operated in CUT ASSIST mode.
||CUT ASSIST active; the arrow buttons can be used to position the carriage.
||CUT ASSIST deactivated; the hand wheel has to be used for positioning the carriage, or automatic drilling in progress.
|Weight, ready for use
||361 mm x 193 mm x 133 mm
|Output voltage (DC)
|Speed of rotation
||0 /min … 75 /min
|Max. permissible water supply pressure
||≤ 6 bar
|Minimum water flow rate
||≥ 0.5 ℓ/min
|max. cooling-water temperature
||≤ 30 ℃
||Protection class I (earthed)
|Protection class (dust, water)
||220 V … 240 V
||380 V … 415 V
||50 Hz … 60 Hz
||50 Hz … 60 Hz
||50 Hz … 60 Hz
|Rated current input
Preparations at the workplace and starting work
Installing the drilling feed unitThe supply voltage must match the ratings stated on the type identification plate of the diamond core drilling machine. Connect a 110 V drilling feed unit only to a 110 V diamond core drilling machine.
Connect the drilling feed unit only to a diamond core drilling machine recommended by Hilti .
- Check that the carriage is suitable for installation of a drilling feed unit.
- Lock the carriage with the carriage lock.
- Position the drilling feed unit on the carriage.
- Insert the fastening screw through the carriage and into the drilling feed unit.
- Tighten the securing screw by hand.
- Remove the hand wheel.
- Connect the water hose to the diamond core drilling machine.
- Connect the water supply to the drilling feed unit.
- Check the mechanical connection between the drilling feed unit and the carriage.
Making the electrical connection
- Remove the protective caps from the socket and the connecting cable.
- Plug the connecting cable into the socket.
Ensuring supply of cooling water
Performing the core drilling operation
Working principle CUT ASSISTIn CUT ASSIST mode, the drilling operation starts with the core bit advancing until it is in contact with the surface to be drilled. The core bit does not rotate while this is taking place. As soon as it touches the surface, the core bit retracts a short distance.
The core bit then begins to rotate slowly (starting speed). The system switches on the water supply and drills at low speed until adequate hole-starting depth is reached. Once the required starting depth has been reached the system continues drilling at the optimum speed and with optimum power.
If the core bit touches reinforcement in the concrete, the Iron Boost function is activated and power is adapted for cutting through the reinforcement. Weak reinforcement might not be detected by the drilling feed unit, in which case the Iron Boost function is not activated.
When drilling a blind hole (not all the way through), the drilling feed unit stops the advance movement as soon as the carriage contacts the depth gauge.
At the end of the drilling operation, the core bit retracts until it is just inside the hole and the water flow is switched off.
Drilling with CUT ASSIST
- Activate the water flow by pressing the Manual mode button.
- Water issues at the core bit.
- Water issues at the core bit.
- Activate the CUT ASSIST mode.
- Use the CUT ASSIST button to adjust power, if necessary.
- Start the drilling operation as described in the applicable operating instructions for the diamond core drilling machine.
Drilling in manual mode
- Press the Manual mode button.
- Water flow is activated and cooling water issues at the core bit.
- Water flow is activated and cooling water issues at the core bit.
- Carry out by the drilling operation as described in the operating instructions for the diamond core drilling machine.
Breaks between work and storage at low temperaturesAt temperatures below 4 °C (39 °F), the water in the cooling circuit has to be blown out with compressed air when drilling is interrupted for more than one hour and before the equipment is stowed away.
- Disconnect the water supply from the drilling feed unit.
- Open the water flow regulator on the diamond core drilling machine.
- Set the 3-way valve to Wet drilling .
- Press the Manual mode button.
- Use compressed air (max. 3 bar) to blow the water out of the water circuit.
Removing the drilling feed unit
- Unplug the connecting cable for the drilling feed unit from the socket of the diamond core drilling machine.
- Fit the protective caps to the connecting cable and the socket.
- Disconnect the water hose running to the diamond core drilling machine.
- Lock the carriage with the carriage lock.
- Secure the drilling feed unit so that it cannot accidentally drop; slacken the securing screw.
- Remove the drilling feed unit.
Care, transport and storage
Care and maintenanceCare
- Carefully remove any dirt that may be adhering to parts.
- 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 may attack the plastic parts.
- 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.
Transport and storageTransport
- Do not transport this product with an accessory tool installed.
- Make sure that the equipment is held securely throughout all transport operations.
- After transporting, always check all visible parts and controls for signs of damage and make sure that they all function correctly.
- Always store this product with the electric supply cable unplugged from the electricity supply.
- Store this product in a dry place, where it cannot be accessed by children or unauthorized persons.
- After a long period of storage, always check all visible parts and controls for signs of damage and make sure that they all function correctly.
TroubleshootingIf 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.
DD-AF CA is not in working order
||Action to be taken
The service indicator blinks.
||The emergency stop button has been pressed.
The service indicator lights.
||Critical error or fault.
DD-AF CA is in working order
|Trouble or fault
||Action to be taken
|The LEDs on the drilling feed unit don’t light when the PRCD for the diamond core drilling machine is switched on.
||The plug connector is faulty or dirty.
|The cable cannot be connected to the diamond core drilling machine.
||The plug connector is dirty.
|The drilling feed unit can’t be fitted.
||The threaded bushing for the securing screw is blocked.
|The hand wheel cannot be rotated.
||The carriage lock is engaged.
|The carriage is obstructed.
|The water flow rate is too low.
||The diamond core drilling machine’s water valve is blocked or defective.
|The drilling feed unit motor runs but the carriage doesn’t move.
||The drilling feed unit is fitted incorrectly.
|Cut Assist mode cannot be activated.
||The plug connector for the diamond core drilling machine is faulty.
|The emergency stop button has been pressed.
|The drilling operation slows or stops.
||The diamond core bit is defective (segments polished or destroyed).
|The plug connector is faulty or the cable is defective.
|The diamond core bit is stuck.
|Faulty or inadequate cooling.
|Stopped before reaching the target depth due to transition into softer material such as hollow brick, soil or natural stone.
DisposalMost 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.
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)Click on the link to go to the table of hazardous substances: qr.hilti.com/r5063.
There is a link to the RoHS table, in the form of a QR code, at the end of this document.
- Please contact your local Hilti representative if you have questions about the warranty conditions.