What Causes Hydraulic Hammer Tools to Break?

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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 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 the hydraulic hammer tool can break helps construction workers make sound 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 topnotch 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.


Cold Climates

When the air is cold, the tool is more susceptible to fatigue malfunction. Before any extensive use is initiated, the tool should be warmed up by conducting light breaking.



Blank-firing is when the working end of the tool does not come in contact properly with the workpiece, even as the hammer piston strikes the top of the tool. This issue can cause the front head of the tool to crack. It is also considered blank-firing when the tool slides off the work, or the tool breaks through thin concrete boulders or slabs.


Side Force

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  

In order to allow smooth metal-to-metal contact in the hydraulic hammer, it needs to be lubricated every two hours. If the tool shank is not lubricated often enough, the issue can cause the tool to crack.



Over time, hammers can become rusted due to weathering and not enough grease applied in between use.


Being aware of what causes hydraulic breakers to become damaged can allow the operator to avoid mistakes when using the tool. If you need your hydraulic hammer serviced, contact us today for inspection or repairs.



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