Demolition Tools

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Updated: January 1, 2019

Demolition isn’t just about smashing something down; it has to be planned and precise, and it requires some serious and specific tools to get the job done.

These days demolition is more than just knocking something down. There are so many other factors to consider such as recycling and environmental considerations, and that’s before we even get to workplace health and safety.

Unlike Miley Cyrus we don’t want to go in like a wrecking ball. We need to be precise, and for that we need smaller, more controlled tools.

For smaller jobs or tight spaces we need hand operated that are compact and powerful. They need to be able to pack the sort of punch Mike Tyson would be proud of, and small enough to be operated by one person, but powerful enough to break through the toughest of surfaces.

Demolishing any structure can be a dangerous job, especially when you are at the pointy end. So it’s important to use the right tool for the right job, and one that will do the job safely and efficiently.

So with concrete being the most common building material in the world we take a look at some of the more common tools used to break up that hard surface.

Breakers

Think pneumatic jackhammer, with the convenience of a hand tool, powered by electricity these tools are made to break things and break things fast. Breakers use a continuous hitting force to pummel a surface into submission, fracturing and shattering the local area.

How fast can they go, many have the capacity to break up to 300kg of concrete in about 30 minutes.

The modern breaker is built tough, it’s designed to withstand dust, dirt and the violent conditions associated with spending hours hitting solid rock. On top of that demolition breakers are well balanced, absorb vibrations The and are designed light enough so you can use them for long periods to get the job done.

Rotary Hammers

Think hammer drill but with added hammer! Instead of two metal plates beating against each other the rotary hammer uses internally compressed air to deliver the hit time and time again. For sustained use a rotary hammer is your preferred option due to its increased power and shock absorbing qualities.

Concrete Saws

It’s the chainsaw of the demolition world. Handheld, petrol powered masonry saws, used for cutting through bricks, concrete, tiles, pavers and any other solid material. Resembling the back end of a chainsaw but with a cutting disc instead of a chain, these things are tough. The mainstay of the cutting disc is its diamond edges, so sharp they can cut through most surfaces. There are a wide variety of blades available for different applications. Concrete saws can be powered by either petrol (four-stroke or two-stroke) or electricity. It is also common for concrete saws to have a hose attachment. The use of water has two main benefits: it keeps the blade cool and helps to prevent premature wear of the cutting edge. It also helps to keep the amount of debris and dust down.

Sometimes Handheld Is Not Enough

As demolition jobs get bigger so do the tools, which means sometimes we need to get the big guns in. Many of the manufacturers of skid steer loaders and mini and compact excavators offer a range of demolition attachments for their popular models to make tearing down larger objects fast and efficient.