A Brief Guide to Hydraulic Hammer Tools: Selection, Care, and Use

A demolishing project is very much like getting ready to eat a meal. You look at your plate to inspect and evaluate the food you are about to eat. Next, you contemplate which piece of silverware laying on the napkin to your right and left would be the best one to transfer the food to your mouth. You use the spoon to scoop up your buttery mashed potatoes and the fork to pick up broccoli. The same concept is used when deciding which tool is the best option for demolishing material with the hydraulic breaker. Certain tools are necessary for particular materials in order to break them down appropriately. If proper maintenance procedures are not followed, the tool can wear out fast, as it is the part of the breaker that takes the most impact.


Are you aware of the hydraulic breaker tool types? Tools are available in a variety of shapes designed specifically to break down material effectively. Here’s a recap of tool types and their applications:


  • Moil Point – A tool used for multiple purposes
  • Cross Cut Chisel – Used for asphalt, concrete, and trenching
  • Straight Cut Chisel – Another tool design used for asphalt, concrete, and trenching
  • Blunt Tool – Used for concrete and boulders
  • Spade – Used for hard clay, soft rock, and pavement
  • Asphalt Cutter – Used for concrete and asphalt
  • Easy Bust – Another tool used for multipurpose applications


In the construction industry, mistakes can cause harm to not only the operator and those around him or her, but also to the tool itself. It is important to make sure operators are trained and reminded of safety practices so that productivity and the level of safety can be increased. Plus, the CAT hydraulic breaker tool will last longer. Watch out for these types of common tool abuse:

  • Side-loading
  • Blank-firing
  • Prying
  • Drilling
  • Tool deflection
  • Machine movement
  • Improper warm-up
  • Untrained operator
  • Excessive wear on retainers and bushings
  • Heat buildup from working in one spot
  • Rapid cooling by water submerging


To elongate the life of the hydraulic breaker tool, take good care of the part by practicing preventative maintenance tasks.


  • Have cracks repaired promptly
  • Inspect tool for scratches, nicks, and cracks regularly
  • Make sure that the tool is properly greased between the bushing
  • Have tool periodically serviced by a professional


The tool of a hydraulic breaker is essential – without it, a hydraulic breaker wouldn’t be able to demolish material effectively. Contact us today if you need your Allied hydraulic hammers, or other breaker models, serviced, inspected or repaired. We also provide training sessions for operators and offer certified rebuilt hydraulic breakers. Give us a call today!

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