Tips for Keeping Breakers in Tip-Top Shape

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There are a few machines that help with construction and mining. An excavator is one of the versatile machines that is used in these industries to pick up dirt and other aggregates easily. Dump trucks are used to transport in large quantities the dirt and aggregates that an excavator picks up.

Aside from equipment like excavator and dump trucks, attachments are made available to do even more specialised machine work. The excavator’s bucket can be replaced with several attachments – a rock breaker is one of them.

Rock breakers or hydraulic breakers are machines that are designed to breaking large rocks into smaller rocks. Typically used in mining to reduce the size of boulders or rocks that are too large to fit a crusher. Rock breakers have two types, mobile and stationary.

Rock breakers are ever-present in developing countries like Australia, which has a high demand for mining and construction equipment. Breakers are attachments for excavators and are not only used in mining. Demolition jobs are faster, too, with the help of these breakers.

They can tear down a wall or foundation effortlessly. The rock breakers, like any other equipment, can wear and degrade over time if not properly maintained. Keeping a breaker running smoothly prevents any delay in projects. Here are a few points to consider in choosing and maintaining a breaker:

Choose the right size

Getting the right size of the breaker for the job is important because it can take a toll on the machinery if the right size does not fit. Excavators and compact loaders come in different sizes, so does breakers.

Contractors need to make sure that the breaker’s size is proportional to the carrier.

Experts say that contractors need to check the rated operating capacity of the compact loader or the lift capacity of the excavator. Additionally, they should also check the auxiliary hydraulic flow rate and pressure on the compact loader or excavator.

Checking if it is the correct rate or if it matches makes the breaker to run efficiently.

Breaker maintenance

The point and bushings are the most critical parts in the rock break that should always be checked and maintained. It should be lubricated with oil once every 2-4 hours of operation – depending on the job site condition.

The breaker should have maintenance checks daily, weekly and yearly to protect it from immediate wear.

Carrier maintenance

Just like the breakers, regular maintenance checks should be done on the compact loader or excavator for things to run smoothly. The hydraulic system on the excavator or compact loaders is the most essential part of the machine because it powers the breakers.

Cooling equipment should also be maintained to prevent heat-related damage and failures to the carrier and the breaker.

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Operation

Make sure that the hydraulic oil on the carrier is warm before it enters the breaker. Always make sure that breakers are large enough or they are the right size before operating. A larger hydraulic breaker is needed if the material is extremely hard or thick.

Using a smaller breaker will easily damage the equipment.

Storage

Safely storing the breaker with prolonging its lifespan. Manufacturer’s recommended storage should be strictly followed to prevent damage. Keeping the breaker lubricated before storing will prevent internal contamination or oxidation.

Cap the hoses as soon as it is disconnected from the carrier to prevent contaminants from getting into the breaker.

Making sure that the breaker and any other equipment is ready whenever it is needed saves time and money for both the contractor and the business. Maintenance is key to prolonging the life and efficiency of these pieces of equipment.

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