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A skid steer breaker is an attachment for your skid steer and can be used to break up pavement or concrete. They are not as prevalent on skid steers as on excavators, but due to the areas skid steers can access, the demand for skid steer breakers is still reasonably high.
The skid steer breakers are usually hydraulically operated. It consists of a chisel tool, a male and female adapter, moil tools, tool retainers, and a pyramid tool.
Since the system is hydraulic, it also has a specific flow that ranges from 10 to 22 gallons per minute. Just keep in mind that breakers don’t need a high flow, and if you use it correctly, you can reduce the intervals between maintenance.
Most breakers have nitrogen as part of their design. You get breakers that operate solely with nitrogen when firing, and others work with a mixture of nitrogen and oil. The units that do use mostly nitrogen are more convenient to take care of and consist of fewer parts. The fact that the nitrogen units also use less oil makes them cheaper to use.
It will begin to run sluggishly and maintenance is part and parcel of their operations. You need to use a moly based grease that can provide adequate lubrication under extreme conditions. Apply it once every two hours during the process.
As with all your tools and machinery on a site, you should inspect them before you begin work. Ensure the tool, bushing, and retainer pins are in their correct place based on their wear specifications. Experts also advise that keeping the lower bushing area greased is essential as it takes most of the pressure on your skid steer breaker.
If the breaker begins to malfunction, you should stop it immediately to avoid further damage. Inspect the breaker and see if there are any evident signs of what might have gone wrong.
If you see an oil leak, check the hose connectors. If this turns out not to be the cause of the leak, take your skid steer breaker in for repair. You don’t want to cause more problems for yourself down the line.
It would help if you got the correct size breaker for your skid steer. Using the wrong size can lead to unnecessary strain on the skid steer.
There are a few different breakers you can mount on a skid steer, so take the time and see what you require for the job. Also remember to look at the requirements for the hydraulic flow, because this will give you a good idea of the dimensions you need.
Skid steer breakers get used in places where an excavator would be too big or bulky. They often operate inside of buildings where demolition needs to take place, and bigger machinery wouldn't fit. They're also better than regular jackhammers because of the amount of force they're able to generate when in use.