How to choose the best demolition breaker for your application

TE 2000

Following our discussion with HSS Hire about construction lasers and levels, we thought we'd turn our attention to electric demolition breakers - the quickest and most effective way to break concrete. But if you're thinking of hiring one, how do you choose the best breaker for your application?

What breaker is right for me?

To help you select the right tool, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions…

1. Where will I be working most of the time?

2. What base materials will I be primarily working with?

3. How long will I be working with each material?

4. What is the material's thickness?

When thinking about these questions, remember that breakers aren’t intended for drilling as there is no rotation of the chuck. Instead, the insert is thrust in a powerful hammering motion. This means that these types of breakers can be used to break up hard materials such as concrete.

The size of your demolition breaker will depend on what you’re trying to achieve. If you want to chip away at a standing wall, you should hire a smaller breaker that makes vertical breaking more manageable, for example our TE 500-AVR. Or if you’re breaking concrete floors or brick pathways, invest in something heavier like a TE 1000-AVR. 

Active Vibration Reduction (AVR) Technology

Since Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) was first recognised as a serious occupational health threat in the 1980s, we’ve worked closely with the HSE and tool users to develop machines which not only lower vibration, but also increase productivity. That’s when the TE 3000-AVR was born - an electric breaker that delivers powerful performance with less vibration.

Using our AVR Technology, the breaker generates vibration of less than 7m/s2, giving 4 hours and 5 minutes of permissible trigger time per day. 

AVR Technology comprises a series of springs and pivots that effectively decouples the side handles from the operational end of the tool. The vibration in the direction of the hammer is reduced by a damping mechanism, whilst counter balancing further reduces the vibrating effects. The result is a machine which feels much lighter with a triple-axis vibration, enabling us to claim a best-in-class trigger time for boosting operator productivity.

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Hire Hilti breakers at HSS

We know that breakers are designed for higher productivity, reduced vibration and less dust exposure when demolishing and chiselling concrete, but which ones are available at HSS?

Well, HSS Hire have the right breaker for every job - including our new TE 2000-AVR.

This concrete breaker delivers powerful performance equal to competitor breakers in the 30 kg weight class, at virtually half the weight! The small but mighty breaker weighs in at just 14.5 kg, but packs enough punch to break up to 3 tons of concrete an hour. Due to extremely low vibration levels, the tool has a trigger time of 8 hours, meaning you can use it for continuous breaking all day long.

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Interested in hiring Hilti tools? HSS Hire have provided industry-leading tool hire for over 50 years throughout the UK and Ireland. With nationwide availability of the full Hilti breaker range, it's easier than ever to select the optimal tool to suit your application.