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What Do You Need in a Rented Breaker?
You should consider many factors when deciding which breaker to rent. The following material outlines some things that you should keep in mind in order to rent the best breaker for your application. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental professional also can help you make a good rental decision.
  • Power source. You can rent demolition breakers that run on electricity, compressed air, gasoline or hydraulic power. For more information, see Power Sources of Rented Breakers Vary.
  • Weight. A common way to classify breaker rentals is by their weight class, which for hand-held breakers can range from 7 to 90 pounds. Most breakers that you would rent for horizontal demolition weigh 25 pounds or less. A 30- to 50-pound breaker falls in the mid-duty range. The 60- to 90-pound breakers work well for big demolition jobs.
  • Blows per minute (BPM). Smaller, breaker rentals tend to offer more blows per minute than larger breakers do.
  • Horizontal vs. vertical breakers. The design and weight of heavy, two-handled rental breakers in a T-configuration obligate you to hold them upright for vertical breaking of concrete floors or slabs. Lightweight, one-handled rental breakers allow you to hold them horizontally to break through walls or vertically for demolishing flat slabs of concrete or pavement. Horizontal breakers work well when you have a large area of concrete to break up, but vertical breakers typically deliver more blows per minute than horizontal breakers can deliver.
  • Points, chisels and tools. Most rental breakers can accept a wide variety of tools — sometimes called either bits or tool steel — to suit different applications. Types of tools you can rent for a breaker include moil points for random breaking of concrete, chisels for exact concrete breaks or for scaling a clean edge and spades for use on rocky dirt and hard clay.
  • Safety features. For safety, look for features in a breaker rental that dampen vibration or reduce sound.
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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