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Power Sources of Rented Breakers Vary
You can rent a breaker powered by electricity, air, gasoline or hydraulics. The type of breaker you should rent depends upon factors such as the size of your project, where you will do the work and what other resources you have available. Learn more about the different types of breaker rentals below.
  • Electric breakers. This type of hand-held breaker rental can handle vertical or horizontal and light-duty to heavy-duty demolition jobs depending upon the breaker’s size and configuration. If you have access to electricity at your demolition site, this rental option provides a cleaner method of breaking up concrete, which makes it ideal for inside remodeling work. Moreover, it does not require an air compressor.
  • Pneumatic breakers. Rent this type of hand-held breaker for the same types of demolition jobs for which you would rent an electric breaker. Unlike electric breakers, though, pneumatic breakers require an air compressor.
  • Gas-powered breakers. For outside demolition projects, renting a hand-held, gas-powered breaker may offer a practical alternative to renting both a pneumatic breaker and an air compressor. Gas-powered breakers receive power from their own engines, but these engines also add weight to the breakers.
  • Hydraulic breaker attachments. Most skid-steer loaders, mini excavators, backhoes and compact track loaders support a variety of attachments including a hydraulic breaker. In no time at all, you can connect a hydraulic breaker to your equipment and start chipping away to remove old concrete, asphalt or stone. Consider renting a breaker attachment for outside demolition projects if you currently have or plan to rent the equipment that supports it.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your breaker needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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