The hydraulic breaker and hoe packs on our excavator rentals can withstand tremendous abuse. Nevertheless, frequent hydraulic hammer mistakes during operation can greatly reduce the attachment’s lifespan. This is why all licensed operators should adhere to standard operating procedures for prolonging the machinery's life.
1. Not Using a Compatible Breaker
Accelerated wear can incur 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 Proper Setup
The operator must also set up the breaker and carrier for the specific application. You might, for instance, need to operate the breaker while it's partially or completely submerged in water. In this scenario, 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 Incorrect Spot
Operators need to know where to correctly position the breaker to reduce stress on the attachment. The conventional belief is to position the breaker in the center of the concrete. In this position, the breaker acts like a drill rather than a breaker. The right 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 means moving from one spot to the next every time you break off a chunk of concrete or boulder. Aim to reposition the hammer every 15 to 30 seconds.
Come by Active Excavator Rentals to check out our excavators and breakers from trusted manufacturers. Learn about us and why our rentals are suitable for all industry-level applications. We advise operators to avoid the common hydraulic hammer mistakes to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.
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