Understanding Concrete Breakers

11 May 2020
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


If you have been informed that you need a concrete breaker to carry out some concrete construction work and do not know what that is, you are in the right place. This article helps you understand concrete breakers.

What Is a Concrete Breaker?

Just as the name states, a concrete breaker is a piece of equipment or tool used to break concrete. Why would you want to break concrete? If there is a concrete structure that needs demolishing, a concrete breaker helps break the concrete. Also, if you want to remodel a concrete structure, you might need to bring some walls down using a concrete breaker. Concrete breakers are not only used on walls; they can be used to demolish concrete floors.

Types of Concrete Breakers

You may have already guessed that there are small and big demolishing tasks. Of course, you can't use one type of a concrete breaker for all demolishing work; that is why you may come across different sizes and designs of concrete breakers.

Handheld concrete breakers

These are mostly small in size and used for smaller demolishing tasks. They are also either battery-powered, electrically-powered or fuel-powered.

Electrically-powered concrete breakers have a power cord attached (you are required to plug this cord into an electrical socket that can support the power the breaker needs to perform effectively). The electrically-powered concrete breaker is also referred to as a corded breaker.

Battery-powered concrete breakers also have a power cord. The cord is, however, attached to a battery you carry on your back or waist. The battery's power is strong enough to power the breaker. The battery-powered concrete breaker is also referred to as a cordless breaker. Even though there is a cord that goes to the battery, it is referred to as a cordless breaker because it does not require to be connected to a socket.

Fuel-powered concrete breakers utilise fuel. They are turned on by pulling a recoil cord or pressing a button. You can then work the handles to add force or direct the breaker. The type of fuel to be used depends on whether you choose a diesel or petrol powered concrete breaker.

Hydraulic concrete breakers

These are usually connected to excavators and are used for larger demolition tasks, for example, bringing down an entire building, digging into foundation concrete or digging deep into rocks found in the ground. Hydraulic concrete breakers are usually powered by the hydraulic system of excavators and are operated from an excavator's cabin.