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What is a Hydraulic Hammer

A hydraulic hammer, also known as a hydraulic breaker or rock breaker, is a powerful construction tool used to break or demolish concrete, rocks, pavement, and other hard materials. It operates on the principle of hydraulics, using hydraulic fluid to generate a high-impact force that is transmitted to a tool or chisel at the tip of the hammer.

Here are some of the common tasks and applications PM Civil use hydraulic hammers for:

  • Concrete and Rock Demolition: Hydraulic hammers are often used in construction and demolition to break apart concrete structures, rocks, and boulders. They can efficiently fracture and remove these materials, making them easier to transport and dispose of.
  • Pavement and Roadwork: Hydraulic hammers can be employed to break up old asphalt and concrete surfaces during road construction or repair projects. This is especially useful for removing damaged sections of pavement.
  • Quarrying and Mining: In the mining and quarrying industries, hydraulic hammers are used to break up large rocks and ore deposits. They help extract valuable minerals or create manageable-sized pieces for further processing.
  • Foundation Piling: Hydraulic hammers can drive steel piles or concrete foundations into the ground by repeatedly striking them with force. This is commonly used in building foundations, bridge construction, and marine engineering projects.
  • Trenching: Excavators equipped with hydraulic hammers can quickly dig trenches in hard soil, rock, or pavement. This is useful for utility installation, such as laying pipes or cables.
  • Secondary Demolition: After an initial structural demolition using other methods, hydraulic hammers can be used for precision demolition to break down remaining sections of the structure.
  • Concrete and Rock Splitting: Hydraulic hammers can be equipped with specialized attachments that allow for the controlled splitting of concrete or rocks along predetermined lines.
  • Bridge and Dam Construction: Hydraulic hammers play a crucial role in the construction of bridges and dams, as they help create solid foundations and breakthrough challenging terrain.

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Hydraulic hammers are highly efficient at breaking through tough materials quickly and effectively. They can significantly reduce the time and labor required for demolition and excavation tasks.


These hammers can be controlled with precision, allowing operators to target specific areas and shapes with accuracy. This level of control is particularly important in construction and mining applications.


Hydraulic hammers come in various sizes and configurations, making them suitable for a wide range of applications. They can be used in construction, quarrying, mining, road maintenance, and more.

Reduced Hand-Arm Vibration

Many modern hydraulic hammers are designed with features to minimize hand-arm vibration (HAV), which is essential for operator comfort and safety.

Environmental Benefits

Hydraulic hammers produce fewer emissions compared to explosives or other mechanical methods. They are a more environmentally friendly choice for demolition work.


Despite their initial investment cost, hydraulic hammers can be cost-effective in the long run due to their efficiency and reduced downtime.


Hydraulic hammers can be easily attached to various types of heavy machinery, such as excavators, backhoes, and skid-steer loaders, making them versatile tools for contractors and construction professionals.

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Why Choose Us

We Are Always Open For Cooperation And Are Glad To See New Projects

PM Civil has earned its reputation as a foremost provider of hydraulic hammer services in Sydney and the surrounding areas. Our dedicated team of experts, coupled with cutting-edge equipment, ensures that we approach each hydraulic hammer project with meticulous care and unwavering commitment, guaranteeing prompt and expert completion.

Our comprehensive licensing, qualifications, and insurance are your assurance of the highest calibre of hydraulic hammer services, spanning from modest residential projects to expansive commercial developments. You can trust us to consistently deliver excellence every single time.

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For more than 20 years we have extensive experience working in the civil sector across a range of industries and projects.

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We own and operate the machinery and equipment, matched with experience to carry out all types of earth works, big or small.

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