When Should You Stop Using the Hydraulic Breaker?

There are many reasons to use a hydraulic hammer for demolition during a construction project, but, there are also many reasons why it should stop being used. A hydraulic breaker can have a long lifespan if it is handled properly, and sometimes that requires aborting the tool immediately depending on certain circumstances. When operating the demolition tool, it is very easy to become so focused on the task that you forget to stop it when necessary. The tool doesn’t only have to be stopped when the job is complete; there are other factors that should be taken into account for deciding when to end the session.

Builders and contractors should take caution when operating their hydraulic breaker at all times to prevent costly repairs and bodily injuries. Here are four reasons why you should stop operating a demolition tool:


1.      The Hammer Hoses Violently Jerk.

If the hydraulic breaker has abnormal surging, it means that the nitrogen energy chamber is completely empty. To assess the issue, turn the tool off and repair the energy chamber before using it again.


2.      The Breaker Tool Does Not Drop.

Occasionally, the tool may seize in the bushing, making the visible length of the part unable to change. If this happens, you should stop using the breaker and remove the tool to check the bushing. If it is obvious that seizing signs are noticeable, determine whether the marks from the tool and bushings need to be removed or replaced. Once that issue is resolved, the shank needs to be lubricated and cleaned before the tool is reinstalled.


3.      The Hydraulic Oil is Leaking.

If the hydraulic breaker is leaking oil during operation, the unit needs to be stopped so that the appropriate repairs can be made. Oil leaks can happen as a result of a defective side rod or an indication of an excessively worn bushing.


4.      A Gap Develops Between a Suspension and a Back Head.

Certainly do not keep operating the hydraulic hammer if a gap cultivates in the area of a suspension and a back head. A gap usually indicates that the suspension needs to be serviced. To have it fixed, call a demolition tool service company to conduct the repair or try referring to the owner’s manual.


It is highly important to stop working the hydraulic hammer immediately if any of these situations arise. Continuing to operate the demolition tool in a state of error can cause larger problems for both the construction company and the operator. If your hydraulic hammer is in need of repair, call up our shop so that we can fix it for you, with shipping and delivery available anywhere in the country.



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