How Pressure Should Be Applied During Hydraulic Breaker Operation

As long as demolition tools are properly used and taken care of, their lifespan will extend for many years. To remind builders of the correct way a hydraulic hammer should be operated, we suggest reviewing the procedures of the tool every once in a while. One of these procedures is how pressure should be applied. If the pressure is applied inaccurately, it can cause the hydraulic hammer tool to need repair or cause harm to the operator.




Just like an earthquake’s pressure causes destruction, the hydraulic hammer requires pressure to break apart materials. However, the difference is that the pressure application can be controlled by the operator. The breakup of the material is highly affected by how much pressure is applied, so here are a few things to keep in mind when operating a hydraulic breaker.


Generate the Right Variation of Stroke and Strike

To allow the shockwave to flow through the hammer to the material, the tool must have enough sufficient pressure, which can be adjusted using a mixture of the dipper, boom and attachment controls. Excessive energy could wind up destroying the breaker, so it is crucial that the operator creates the perfect adaptation of strike and stroke frequency.  This prevents damage from occurring to the tool and also maintains production and power at the highest levels.



The Hammer Should Move Freely in the Bushing Always

As the operator, you are in control, so it is up to you not to permit the tool to bind in the bushing or side-load. By allowing the tool to move freely in the bushing, it will operate at top performance and avert premature failure.


Make sure that the Applied Pressure is Perpendicular

When working an excavator, the controls should be adjusted continuously so that the breaker stays perpendicular to the surface. Keep in mind that when an excavator boom moves in a downward direction, it travels in a curved direction that changes the original position of the hammer. This lets the pressure follow the tool to break up the material.


Don’t demolish with a Tool that is Too Heavy for the Excavator

If the applied pressure is lifting the excavator off of the ground, the situation poses a huge problem. When an excavator is attached to a hydraulic breaker that is too heavy, it will not operate efficiently and will be very difficult to control. Consequences of this will result in damage to both the breaker and the excavator.


Going over how the pressure should be applied correctly can produce the best demolition results and help reduce downtime by keeping the tool in good condition. We’ve seen how the improper application of pressure can damage breakers firsthand through our premium inspection, analysis and repair services. If you’d like to offer your construction team a thorough training on hydraulic hammers, we also specialize in providing training sessions on-site. For further details, simply give us a call at your convenience by dialing 1-800-940-8517.

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