ALL HAMMERS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL
In the market for a new hydraulic hammer? You have plenty of choices. Here are six quick tips to guide your decision.
1. Do your homework. Start by gathering information from reliable sources. Reach out to your colleagues. Do some web research. Check out a user forum. Talk to your equipment dealer. Taking some time to learn more about your options should improve the quality of your decision.
2. Focus on application. Are you a roadbuilder, quarry operator or demolition pro? Will you spend your days breaking concrete, asphalt, rock, rebar, slag? Will you use the hammer on more than one machine? More than one brand? Do you expect to use other work tools on the same machine? Identifying critical application issues and fleet requirements upfront helps strengthen the decision.
3. Be realistic about your needs. Depending on your application and business objectives, you may want a hammer that delivers nonstop productivity at the lowest total cost. Or you may be happy with a lighter-duty model, one that’s simple and economical, yet reliable and durable enough to tackle everyday tasks. Some manufacturers, including Caterpillar, offer both. The key is knowing what you need and articulating those needs to your dealer.
4. Optimize the system. You’re not just choosing a hammer. You’re creating a total system that also includes the excavator, boom, stick and coupler. Each component of the system must work efficiently with all the others to optimize productivity and operating costs.
5. Get the whole story on production and costs. The economics of a hammer purchase extend far beyond the initial price. As you evaluate options, be sure to factor in the production rate for each choice because that’s what’s driving revenue. And don’t forget to include maintenance and repair costs in the calculation. The goal, of course, is finding a hammer that meets your production needs at the lowest total cost.
6. Request a demo or try before you buy. Most suppliers are happy to demonstrate their hammers on your site. And if you need a longer trial period, rental can be a good way to assess performance and cost prior to making a final decision.
Your Cat® dealer can give you more advice about hammer selection—or check out these other resources: www.catattachmentsolutions.com/hammer-selector