What Causes Hydraulic Hammer Tools to Break?

To generate a better return on investment, it is important for construction companies to maintain their demolition tools so that they last a long lifespan. It is recommended to have hydraulic hammers inspected and cleaned on a routine basis. However, demolition equipment is still subject to wear and tear, especially if it is used vigorously. Every now and again, hydraulic breakers are prone to damage depending on how they are being handled and used. Aside from a lack of maintenance, there are many other factors that can cause the hydraulic hammer tool to break. Being aware of how that hydraulic hammer tool can break helps construction workers make better decisions when it comes to their equipment.

We at Hydraulic Breaker Services LLC are highly skilled in conducting hydraulic hammer repairs and inspections. With convenient shipping services, construction companies from all over the world have trusted us with their demolition tools for top-notch service. We are the source you can rely on when your hydraulic hammer breaks and needs repair. A major benefit to having your hydraulic hammer inspected or repaired is the money that is saved as opposed to paying for a brand new demolition tool.

Although hydraulic breakers appear durable and strong, there are various factors that can cause them to break. We have compiled a list of all the aspects that can damage a hydraulic hammer. Here’s an overview of six of the potential problems that can damage your excavator hydraulic hammer and break them.



Knowing how to correctly operate a hydraulic system is essential because there are a variety of ways that improper use can degrade its quality and lead to future damages. One such mistake is blank-firing which is when the working end of the tool does not come into contact with the workpiece properly, even as the hammer piston strikes the top of the tool. When this occurs, there is nothing to absorb the breaker’s force, and the energy is sent back to the tool. This issue can cause the front head of the tool to crack and require you to pay for a replacement. It is also considered blank-firing when the tool breaks through thin concrete boulders or slabs. Undergoing adequate training and having familiarity with a hydraulic breaker will help you avoid blank-firing and doing other things that may break it.


Side Force

There are many other improper uses that can lead to the damaging of hydraulic breaker bits.
A major cause of tool damage comes from side force that occurs during operation, which increases the amount of fatigue stress. Any form of side force that occurs while the tool is in use can cause it to bend. Side force happens when the hammer is not being used correctly. Prying, incorrect working angles, and using the pull of the machine are all big no-no’s when operating a demolition tool and should be avoided to elongate the life of the equipment.


Not Enough Lubrication  

Because hammers exert a lot of force in order to break objects, the hydraulic breaker bits can experience a lot of wear and tear over a short period of time. The faster your hydraulic hammer degrades, the sooner it will become less effective. When it no longer becomes usable, you’ll have to acquire a new one as a replacement.

However, through proper lubrication, you can ensure that your demolition tools will last much longer. Maintaining your hydraulic breaker bits with lubrication and grease will help reduce the impact friction has on your equipment and reduce the amount of wear and tear as a result. Additionally, frequent lubrication will help remove any built-up debris that could impair its functionality. In order to allow smooth metal-to-metal contact in the hydraulic hammer, it needs to be lubricated every two hours. If the hydraulic hammer and tool shank is not lubricated often enough, the issue can cause the tool to crack.

Cold Climates

The environment you use an excavator hydraulic hammer in can also incur damage if certain conditions are met. More specifically, cold temperatures can create a number of adverse effects that can break your hydraulic breaker bits if you aren’t careful. For example, rubber materials become more brittle in low temperatures, and because several hydraulic breaker components are made of rubber, they become at risk of breaking. The liquids used by your system are also negatively impacted by cold climates, as freezing temperatures can greatly reduce their ability to flow freely. Low temperatures can freeze the hydraulic fluids and lubricants, which are vital to the operation of your system. Additionally, when the air is cold, the tool is more susceptible to fatigue malfunction.

Fortunately, there are measures you can take to stave off the cold and continue working in frigid temperatures without harming the condition of your hydraulic breaker system. Before any extensive use is initiated, the tool should be warmed up by conducting light breaking. You can also tell whether the fluids are okay by taking off the dipstick to check the viscosity of the liquids. If it’s too thick, you should let your system warm up a little while longer. When the fluid drips, then it’s in a much better state to use.


Deterioration and Corrosion

Over time, hammers can become rusted due to weathering and not applying enough grease applied in between use. Your hydraulic breaker bits and equipment can also become corroded if they’re not stored in dry locations, so always be sure to keep them in a safe area when they are not in use.


If You Need Hydraulic Breaker Bits and Components, Call Hydraulic Breaker Services Today

As with every field and practice, knowledge is one of the strongest tools at your disposal. Being aware of what causes hydraulic breakers to become damaged can allow the operator to avoid mistakes when using their tool.

Unfortunately, even if they’re well-maintained and cared for, hydraulic breaker bits won’t last forever. Many last several years before wear and tear begin to impede their performance, meaning that understanding what can break your equipment will allow you to avoid damaging it more easily and help it last longer.

When it’s time to pick up a new Stanley hydraulic breaker or similar equipment, you can rely on Hydraulic Breaker Services to supply you with tools of top quality. We also sell various jack hammer parts and other components to replace anything that’s broken on your breaker. Additionally, if you ever need your hydraulic hammer serviced, contact us today for inspection or repairs to restore its functionality.



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