BREAKING up rock or concrete around the home can often be done without the cost and hassle of bringing in a jackhammer powered by an air compressor. A much easier option is to hire an electric jackhammer, which runs off normal household power.
Kennards Hire , with more than 80 centres across Australia, has several models, along with a range of attachments, such as points, chisels and clay spades, to suit all sorts of jobs.
Company director Andrew Kennard says that electric hammers have enough muscle for most backyard jobs, and carry the advantage of being able to run off household power points.
Mr Kennard said the biggest electric breaker, weighing 33kg, could be used on concrete up to 100mm (4in) thick, as well as for rock excavation or digging up bitumen and clay.
A medium size demolition hammer, weighing 15kg, will break concrete up to 75mm (3in) thick, excavate light rock and dig up bitumen and clay, he said.
In addition, the 10kg hammer is light enough to be used horizontally, and is suitable for light demolition of bricks, rock breaking and excavation.
Mr Kennard said, for very demanding jobs, air-powered and hydraulic powered jackhammers were also available.
Kennards also has tools and equipment for many other home renovation projects, from cleaning, carpeting and concreting to paving, plumbing and painting.
Full details can also be found in the company's equipment catalogue, which is free at all hire centres, or by visiting kennards.com.au