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Aug 16, 2021

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Well, that's the short answer. However, many attachment companies won't recommend you do. Why is this?

Historically speaking, hydraulic breakers or hammers were tough on gear; the rapid movement coupled with the weight of the attachment usually resulted in a decreased lifespan for the couplers they were attached to. The dampening ability of a hydraulic breaker has dramatically improved, making them not as hard on hitches as they used to be.

Breaker on a Mini-Tilt

What happens when a breaker is used on a Tilting Quick Hitch? Structurally speaking, there is no problem the chassis will handle the repeated impacts; however, wear does occur in the seals of the actuator.

Breakers operate at around 400 - 2000 blows per minute; compare this against the stroke of a bucket, and that is a lot! The lateral movement of the seal against the steel surface creates micro-wear, reducing the life span of the seal, which adds up with this many impacts.

Using a Breaker means seal replacements and maintenance will be required sooner than if a breaker wasn't in use. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but needs to be accounted for as wear does occur.

What if you use a Breaker often? Then, we would recommend using a standard quick coupler because if an excavator performs this much Breaker work, they're likely using it to break tough material reasonably often and aren't going to get much benefit from a Tilt Hitch anyway.

Just like with a 4wd used periodically in offroad terrain, using a breaker on your Heli-Tilt is no problem; you will need to account for increased maintenance of the seals, but you'll still maintain your warranty for general use.

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Tristan became an Attach2 team member in mid-2021, when he was picked up for content creation, photography, and filmmaking. Being behind a camera and visual story telling are his passions, so you can often catch him carrying around the rig of doom, hunting down team members and customers for interviews, or out in the field recording the world around him.

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