The hydraulic breaker and hoe packs on our excavator rentals can withstand substantial abuse. Nevertheless, frequent operating mistakes can wear out hydraulic hammers. This is why all licensed operators should adhere to the best operating practices to prolong the machinery's life.
1. Not Using a Compatible Breaker
Serious damage can occur to the hammer or excavator if the hammer is too big for the excavator, and vice versa. Always match the size/weight of the hammer to the excavator's lift capabilities.
2. Not Using the Right Setup
The operator must also set up the breaker and carrier for the specific application. You may, for example, need to operate the breaker while it's partially or fully submerged in water. In this case, are you running an underwater kit on the system? Underwater operation requires both an underwater kit and an air compressor.
3. Positioning the Breaker on the Wrong Spot
Operators need to know where to correctly position the breaker to minimize stress on the attachment. The conventional wisdom is to position the breaker in the center of the boulder or concrete. In this position, the breaker acts like a drill rather than a breaker. The proper way is to begin at the corners and work your way inward.
4. Not Using the "Scoring" Method
When using a breaker, use what some refer to as the "scoring" method. This essentially means moving from one spot to the next every time you break off a chunk. Aim to reposition the tool every 15 to 30 seconds.
Stop by Active Excavator Rentals to check out our high-quality excavators and breakers. Learn about us and why our rental equipment is suitable for all industry-level applications. We advise operators to avoid the common operating mistakes that wear out hydraulic hammers.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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