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Jackhammer Rental Guide

Welcome to the jackhammer rental guide. It is here where we will discuss things such as: definition, uses, types, safety, pricing, and rental versus purchasing of what now has become a safer and more efficient way of busting stuff apart.

 A jackhammer is a tool that basically joins various types of chisel tips or bits with a hammer that is powered by: air pressure or pneumatics, hydraulics – similar to what controls a back-hoe or tractor bucket, and/or electricity. The chisel tip is controlled by the various forms of power in an up and down motion by an internal hammer moving up and down in a shaft. A powerful spring is used to assist with the stroke. The jackhammer’s effectiveness relies on the amount of force applied to the device. There are typically four different shaped bits which are used for specific purposes, they are:

  • Pointed tip – for breaking things up
  • Flat tip – for superior control when things needing a finer finished edge
  • Spade – similar to a flat tip but wider creating a flat edge for dirt, asphalt, or concrete
  • Scabbler – which provides a smooth surface to things before bonding
  • Stake Driver – which drives stakes into concrete or asphalt

Hydraulically powered jackhammers are large and very powerful. They are usually attached to construction equipment. And are usually seen on construction equipment used in breaking up thick things such as thick pieces of concrete on highways. They also are seen on skid loaders which rent depending on size for around $215 for 4 hrs. $305 per day and $1025 per wk.


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Medium sized jobs are usually handled by jackhammers powered with compressed air, the pneumatic version. You usually seen these attached with an air hose to a large gas or electrically powered compressors which is transported on a trailer pulled by a truck.  Prices for these are usually based on CFM, cubic feet per minute, size for a 185CFM  is approx. $77 for 5 hrs. & $115 per day and a 250CFM unit  is approx. $100 for 5 hrs. and $115 per day, these units usually come with hammer, hose , bit, and compressor


There are hand operated and come in various sizes to handle different sized jobs. The smallest versions are usually powered by electricity, but some use a smaller air compressor. The type people may have in their garage; they also come in different sizes different tasks. These  units are much cheaper renting at $46 for 4 hrs. and $ 60 per day.

Jackhammer Rental Safety 

Jackhammers Rentals can be very cost effective but also very dangerous to operate. It would be wise to observe the necessary safety practices while using one, especially if you’ve never operated one before. Anyone with average knowledge of power tool usage should be able to accomplish the task. If you’re uncertain about any safety precaution please ask someone with prior experience. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Protective eye gear is a priority. Wearing protective goggles is a must. Not just safety glasses as rock chips and dust can enter your eyes around the side of the lens. Goggles protect your eyes from damage from all angles.

Many jackhammers are over 100 dB. Constant use can damage your ears. So it would be a good idea to wear earmuffs, like one’s used on a gun firing range. Individuals with sensitive ears may consider wearing both protective ear plugs and earmuffs. Continued noise at this level without protection can give the operator tinnitus, a very unpleasant, high-pitched noise that is continuously heard only by the individual experiencing it. This may be temporary or permanent. So it’s best to protect oneself prior to injury.

Protective clothing should also be worn such as boots, long pants, long shirt, and gloves. There are gloves that are designed to absorb vibration. Continued use of any vibrating instrument may cause loss of blood to the fingers and hands.

Another item of perfection you may want to consider is a dust mask. If you’re in a confined space the mask will provide cleaner air to breathe as well as protect part of your face from getting hit by rock chips. If you are closer to the area you are breaking are you using a powerful machine a total face shield may be appropriate.

Renting a Jackhammer Versus Purchasing

There are several deciding factors to consider prior to the purchase or renting of a jackhammer. The first thing to keep in mind is the depth or thickness, and hardness of the material to be broken or removed. Harder and thicker matter will require a larger jackhammer. The size of the area you have to break or remove is another thing to consider. It may be cheaper to buy a Jackhammer if you have to use it for a long period of time, or it is a project that you be unable to finish in one afternoon. However purchasing a larger pneumatic jackhammer would be a lot more expensive than a smaller model requiring the use of a smaller air compressor. Extremely small projects, like busting out a couple of bricks or mortar could be accomplished by using a pneumatic air hammer or an electric hammer drill. However, when it comes to breaking large sidewalks or patios built with either concrete or asphalt you might want to use something called a pavement breaker. These are the big daddy of jackhammers. Also know as heavy-duty jackhammers, brute breakers, or hex breaker hammers.


A quick trip to the jackhammer rental center at your local building store or tool renter center and a discussion with the store representative could be very helpful in determining the correct tool to use. The next step will be to determine how long it would take to accomplish the task and at what cost to rent the tool compared to purchasing the tool.

Jackhammer Rental Safety

Jack Hammer Rental Safety

We have talked a little about safety in our original posting of the jackhammer rental blog. Here we will go into the matter of safety in more detail, describing different situations which may occur during use of a jackhammer. Safety is not just for beginners. Although those who’ve never used a jackhammer, need to investigate the various circumstances they may encounter and apply safety gear accordingly. Accidents do not only happen to those who have never used this tool before, but also to those have become too comfortable in its use. By this I mean, when an individual has used a jackhammer over and over many times they become relaxed with the dangerous nature of the tool. Once this level has been reached one becomes nonchalant, and may not pay full attention to the safety level use this tool demands.

Many individuals think they’re being tough when not applying the proper use of safety equipment while operating a jackhammer. An example would be, an individual who doesn’t feel they need to wear safety glasses. All it takes is for one slither of rock, asphalt, or concrete to bounce or ricochet into their eye to realize they’ve made a mistake.

Safety glasses are a must, safety goggles are an even better choice, as broken pieces can come around the front of the safety glasses and hit the eye from the side. Safety shields may be a better choice when working closer to material, that way your whole face is protected. Another way to protect more of your face is to wear safety goggles, along with an industrial dust mask. The kind with two straps that have the metal strip that you pinch over your nose. This way your eyes and most of your face is protected. Also your respiratory system is protected from any airborne dust and contaminants that may be in the material you’re breaking.

Many jackhammers are over 100 dB, this sustained noise level can damage one’s ears. It would be wise to wear earmuffs similar to what one would use at a gun firing range. These hearing muffs usually decrease the sound by 19 to 30 dB, depending on the quality of protection. Additional sound levels may be lessened by utilizing ear plugs, which range from 12 to 19 dB, again depending on their quality. Some more expensive ear plugs and earmuffs will offer greater protection. Another advantage to using earmuffs is that they protect ones ears from flying pieces of cut material. The sound level of the tool can be decreased from 31 to over 50 dB or more by using both ear plugs and muffs. This is good for your ears but bad if someone’s trying to get your attention by yelling. In this case, your helper will have to get your attention by visual means or by cutting the power supply to the device.

Properly fitted hardhats will protect the majority of your head from flying pieces, as well as stop your hair from  becoming a dust mop. In the event where the use of a hard hat may be overkill, a dew rag will protect your head and forehead from flying chips, and your hair as well.

Repeated vibration to one’s hands is a problem, especially if you are going to spend hours using the jackhammer. There are gloves made with extra padding in them to help with excess vibration. One also can tape bubble wrap around the handle(s) of the jackhammer to less the vibration even more.

Proper clothing is a must to avoid cuts and bruises from material being chipped by the jackhammer. Jeans or at least long pants will help protect your legs, and long sleeves will protect your forearms. However, if it is hot out, short sleeve shirts can be worn; if you don’t mind the occasional flick of cut off material hitting your arms. Shorts can be worn but be aware. Due to the closeness of the jackhammer and the material being cut, one will experience continuous hits from pieces being cut and lots of dust (unless you’re using a spade bit and cutting through clay). Steel toed work shoes or boots are advisable. Especially if one accidentally gets too close to their feet with the tool.

Another good idea is to take breaks. The constant vibration of a jackhammer may cause loss of blood to the fingers and hands. Frequent breaks will stop your hands from getting numb, which also will lessen accidental slips and or placement of the tool for cutting.

If using an electric and/or pneumatic jackhammer there will be cords and or hoses involved. These can become tripping hazards, so be aware of their locations at all times. If the material to be broken is particularly dusty, one may lose visibility quickly and may not see a hazard. In this case it’s good to have a helper to watch for problems.

Hopefully by using the proper safety equipment, common sense, and the suggested safety practices by the tool manufacturer or rental agent; ones jackhammers use will be a safe one.