Comparing Pneumatic and Hydraulic Chipping Hammers Comparing Pneumatic and Hydraulic Chipping Hammers

Chipping hammers are a good tool to have for anyone who needs to chip or chisel away at concrete on a regular basis. While both pneumatic and hydraulic hammers will achieve the same basic idea, there are a few differences between the two. Here are a few of the main differences.

Chipping Hammers


Whether you choose a hydraulic or pneumatic they will both do the same basic thing. Chipping hammers are designed to allow one to chip away at concrete and other solid surfaces in small areas. The chipping hammer will give you a precise chipping action only in the places you want it. They are also designed to be lightweight so you can use them vertically or horizontally. They are also generally small and hand held units. This way you can chip away at precise areas.

Hydraulic Hammers

A hydraulic hammer is a versatile choice. You can change the power behind the hammer by changing the hydraulic system that it’s mounted on. The impact of the hammer is completely regulated by the hydraulic functions. Most of them even offer bits that can be changed out to change the chiseling action. Hydraulic hammers also tend to be more environmentally friendly since they don’t generate pollutants. In sensitive area’s they won’t create as much vibration, and communities will appreciate the use of this since they are much quieter than others.

It’s important to keep in mind that when you choose a hydraulic hammer that you look beyond just the reach, and look at the hydraulic capacity and the vehicle it will be mounted on.

Pneumatic Hammers

The pneumatic hammer's air compressor takes the place of the hydraulic components. Because of this they are more lightweight.

A pneumatic hammer doesn’t require a bunch of connections to a hydraulic unit. This makes it much simpler to get a pneumatic hammer working. It will save a lot of time, and a lot of repairs later.

A pneumatic hammer can fit in smaller places. They carry a powerful punch without the weight and bulk. They can also be used underwater.

Which To Choose?


The best way to decide which one will work best for you, you need to evaluate what your needs are. If you work mostly inside buildings, on ceilings, or in crowded communities then a pneumatic chipping hammer may be the most logical choice for you. However if most of your work is done outside, on open area’s, or on streets and sidewalks, a hydraulic chipping hammer may be a better option.

You can compare the options by visiting any hardware store, or contractor supply store. Feel free to ask the specialists there lots of questions, because a powered chipping hammer is an investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

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