Where are Hydraulic Breakers Used?

Hydraulic breakers have one job, and that’s to break stuff apart. They are used for a variety of demolition applications to break concrete, asphalt, rock and other materials. Breakers are primarily used on construction sites, and at mines and quarries.

They transform compact utility loaders, skid steers, mini excavators, backhoes and excavators into versatile demolition machines to perform two types of breaking: primary and secondary breaking.

Primary Breaking

Primary breaking describes when material is still in the ground. It is used for a variety of applications, including:

  • General demolition jobs
  • Concrete removal for driveways, sidewalks, roads, etc.
  • Site work on job sites
  • Utility work for gas, water, electrical etc.
  • Trench work
  • Foundational work
  • Quarry work, sometimes used as an alternative to blasthole drilling

Secondary Breaking

Secondary breaking describes when material being broken has already been extracted from the ground. It is used for:

  • Breaking up oversized material from drilling and blasting
  • Quarry applications
  • Breaking up concrete that has been removed from the ground

Hydraulic breakers come in a range of attachment sizes to meet your breaking needs and operating budget. Contact FRD USA at 800.527.2282 to find an FRD dealer near you and learn more about how top-performing FRD breakers can meet your needs for virtually any demolition or compaction job.

Choosing the Right Hydraulic Breaker

When operated properly, breakers efficiently and effectively break up concrete and shatter rock. If not operated properly or not sized correctly for the job, the attachment can fail unexpectedly and waste precious time on a job site, or even suffer a reduced lifespan. To learn more about proper operating techniques and choosing the right hydraulic breaker for your job download our latest guide.