As the construction industry continues to evolve, so do the tools and equipment used on job sites. One of the essential tools for any heavy demolition project is the hydraulic hammer. These powerful tools can easily break down large concrete structures, bedrock, shot and blasted rock and other materials. Unless you are working in sand, almost all trenchwork and utility work will need a hydraulic breaker at some point in the project. With the year just starting and businesses starting to make preparations, it’s essential to stay ahead of the game and know which hydraulic hammers are worth investing in for 2023.
This blog post will discuss the top hydraulic hammers on the market and what makes them stand out from the competition. Whether you’re a contractor looking to upgrade your equipment or a construction, demolition or excavation enthusiast interested in the latest tools, this is a post you will want to take advantage of. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the best hydraulic hammers for 2023.
Before you step into the market to price and choose from the different kinds of hydraulic hammers, you need to consider several factors and ask yourself some questions that will help you make the best choice. Some of these questions include:
Getting definite answers to these questions will help narrow down your choices and also save you stress and money in the long run.
Hydraulic hammers are considered the “big guns” in the construction, demolition, mining and excavation industry. They are used to demolish buildings, break boulders with high impact generated via hydraulic power supplied by a skid steer, mini excavator, backhoe or full sized excavator. Compared to pneumatic or hydraulic hand-held hammers, mounted hydraulic hammers generate more impact power, are safer as they are held by mobile piece of equipment, and are easier on the worker on the ground.
There are majorly three types of hydraulic hammers used on different occasions, they include;
As their name suggests, they are used to demolish shaley, brittle rock as well as light concrete demolition like pools, patios, sidewalks, parking garages and slabs as well as indoor renovations. With a post driving tool, they are perfect for installing and setting fence posts,guardrail and piping. They use less pressure (PSI) and their cycle time-measured in blows per minute, is much faster when compared to the larger ones. Concerning speed, compact demolition, knowledge of use, and efficiency, the small hydraulic hammers excel.
They are the most commonly used during construction as they are the perfect blend of both worlds (big and small). They provide significant impact power and force to the material to be broken like large hydraulic hammers, but have low environmental impact like small hydraulic hammers. With an operating pressure of 2000-2500 PSI, the middle-sized hydraulic hammer is perfect for excavating embedded rock, trench and utility work as well as breaking oversized boulders. It is ideal for excavating foundations, heavy reinforced concrete demolition and all other construction and demolition works.
They are used for extensive excavation, quarry or construction works. Large-sized hydraulic hammers are big (obviously), and require the operational services of a skilled operator. They have an operating range of 2300+ PSI, hitting the ground with enough force to shatter anything. Since large hydraulic breakers apply such high impact force on the material to be demolished via a longer stroke and heavier piston, the cycle speed, or blows per minute, is lower-unlike middle- and small-sized hydraulic hammers. As these hydraulic hammers are heavier and require more oil to operate efficiently, they require large 30-100 ton excavators to power them.
At Gorilla Hammers, we understand that it can take time to discern which hydraulic hammers you need for your project. We offer our experts to help you choose the suitable hydraulic hammer for your project. We also provide hydraulic breakers for rental or hire at an affordable cost. Our hydraulic hammers for hire are the best available in the market. Hence, you are assured of ease and durability during use. For further assistance, please call us at 1 (888) 814 – 6745 or fill out a contact form on our website.