Last week I posted about how to choose the right tool for drilling into concrete. So this week I thought it would be helpful to talk about how to choose the right tool for chipping or breaking up concrete.
But what is the proper tool to use when you have concrete to chip or break? We all know it’s some sort of demolition or chipping hammer, but with prices ranging from around $400.00 to over $1,500.00, you want to make sure you’re choosing the right tool for the job and getting the most for your money.
Hammers are rated by their weight, with a range of approximately 11 lbs all the way to over 70 lbs.
The lighter-weight hammers, such as the Makita HM0870C, are used for light chipping applications, such as chipping concrete or stucco from around windows. The light weight of these tools is advantageous to the user that has to hold the tool in a vertical position for long periods of time to complete the job.
The mid-range hammers, in the 20 lb to 30 lb range, such as the Bosch 11316EVS, are used to break up heavier concrete. They can be used both vertically and horizontally, and are made to withstand longer periods of extended use.
The larger, 70 lb hammers, such as the Dewalt D25980K, are made strictly for doing demolition work on a ground surface such as a sidewalk or road, and will make quick work of the demolition at hand.
All of these hammers are extremely versatile, having an array of attachments that can be used to complete a variety of tasks.
Not only can you chisel, break up concrete and demolish large chunks, but you can drive ground rods to set parking stones, use an asphalt cutter to cut asphalt or even a wide scraping tool for taking up flooring in record time.