At what point is a hydraulic breaker no longer usable? In the construction industry, a hydraulic breaker can have a lifespan that lasts years if it is cared for properly. According to the article “How to Avoid Breaking Your Breakers” by Curt Bennink on ForConstructionPros.com, the average hydraulic hammer tool accumulates 500 hours of run time a year. That’s considered a heck of a lot for a piece of machinery that can attack surfaces up to 1,000 times or more per minute. As the tool is used throughout the years, wear and tear is inevitable. However, being aware of the causes that can take a toll on the demolition tool can help you determine an effective strategy for keeping it in good condition. For starters, you definitely need to have a good preventative maintenance plan.