Smashing up concrete – which tool
I find the best non power tool for this kind of work is a pinch bar as its a lot kinder on your back and has your eyes and face up and out of the way of flying debris, also allows you to be more accurate in directing the blows to break where you want. Just remember to wear specs, gloves and safety boots.Posted 3 years agoRubber_BuccaneerSubscriber
Easiest? JCB. Best realistic advice is already given, mattock or pickaxe to lever up and sledgehammer to break into manageable pieces.
Worth repeating do wear safety specs and be aware of the potential for bits to fly some distance if someone is likely to get arsey when they hear it tinging off their car.Posted 3 years agoPiefaceMember
I have some brickwork / concrete (greenhouse foundations) that I need to dig out of the ground and some concrete slabs / paths that need digging up to lay some turf down.
Will a Pick-axe be any good for smashing up the slabs, or will a sledgehammer be better?
I guess using both would be best.Posted 3 years agobinnersSubscriber
I remember having to do this a few years ago. I started it with a sledgehammer, then had an epiphany
Basically…. forget sledgehammers and pickaxes. Get yourself off to the local plant hire place and get yourself a pneumatic jackhammer for the afternoon. A job that would be a labour intensive PITA suddenly becomes an utter joy. Big **** off Powertools are ace!!! 😀
You won’t need it for long. It’ll make short work of something that would have taken you all day. So then you get to go to pub as a reward for your cleverness
Posted 3 years agospooky_b329Member
Broke my biggest sledgehammer trying to remove a concrete path…pretty unnerving when you are raising it as far as you can and its still bouncing off 🙂
Got a Hilti 110v breaker from HSS, heavy duty one that came on a trolley. Excellent, was even able to sit back and watch the wife do some.Posted 3 years agofootflapsSubscriber
I bought one of these: http://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttb280drh-15-5kg-breaker-230v/67819
Pays for itself verses hiring if you would have to hire a tool twice.
NB you’re welcome to borrow it if you’re near Cambs….Posted 3 years ago
When I broke around the 40 tons worth of concrete around our place I hired a hydraulic breaker from TP for around £50 a week, a breaker bar still came in handy, and I actually wore out a wheelbarrow! The biggest cost involved, for me, was waste removal, my cheapest & easiest option was to pile it all up & then had a waste companies 13t grab truck come and take it away for them to recycle. Gnarr work.Posted 3 years agonosediveMember
Deffo go for a big one. The 7kg hammers are hard workPosted 3 years ago
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