There is no “one size fits all” in today’s workplace, with most industries having areas of unique skills and specialisation that take years of extra study and/or practical application. The earth moving industry is one of these, with top operators having expertise at driving several different pieces of large equipment, and the skills to use other peripherals and attachments.
There is More Than One Type of Rock Breaker
One such piece of equipment is a rock breaker, which, as its name suggests, is self-explanatory but not the whole story. Rock breakers come in a range of sizes and capabilities, and different models are specific to certain machinery. For example, small capacity rock breakers are designed for use on skid-steer loaders, backhoes and mini/mid-sized excavators.
Modern Technology Creates Clever Machines
Others are larger and more complex in terms of their engineering and capabilities. For mining, tunnel building and other major civil construction, there are heavy range breakers designed for excavators that are 18-tonnes and larger. These larger breakers are equipped with variable speed technology, which senses a change in the hardness of the material under pressure and adjusts the impact energy striking rate.
Get the Right Sized Breaker for Your Project
For us here at Dee Gees Bobcats, a machine of that size would not be necessary for the type of work we do. Most of our project work is built around trenching, drainage work, swimming pool excavations, demolition work and under-house excavations. We also do some minor landscaping and our machines and experienced operators are available for general hire.
Most of our excavator-bobcat combinations, including rock breakers, vary in size from 1.7 tonnes to 5-6 tonnes. These smaller breakers are very versatile and can complete multiple tasks from the same carrier that are performed by the same operator. This makes them very efficient and a huge time-saver on projects with time constraints and tight margins.
Rock Breakers Remove the Need for Manual Labour
When you watch a rock breaker of any size and capacity at work, it is hard to imagine that less than 80 years ago, breaking up rocks to a size small enough to be transported off-site was a manual task. Large projects like building roads and railways employed thousands of men who laboured with picks and sledge hammers to smash the rocks’ impeding progress.
Remarkable Advancements in Machine Technology
To get to where we are now with the technology in some of the large breakers having the ability to work at 15 different speeds that automatically adjust to ground conditions, is really quite remarkable. Even the smaller rock breakers that we use are amazing in terms of the time and effort they save and are one of the reasons that we can price our work as competitively as we do.