Where are you? I've just bought a JCB Beaver hydraulic breaker and
need somewhere to try it <G>
I had a lot of this to do recently. I tried getting an electric
'concrete breaker' first, but it just chipped bits of it. After a
while I just went and hired a hydraulic one. Only cost me about £40
and it chomped through it in no time. Don't waste time and money with
a silly one, go straight for the biggie. Worth it in the long run.
Sadly too far - I'm in Kent !
It's probably worth buying one of these and drilling a few holes to
see what you're dealing with. Once you've got a hole, work away from
it rather than going straight into the middle with nowhere for the
concrete to break into.
I had to take up a section like this.
Turned out a concrete saw was the easiest - I sledged up what I could,
then cut the slab into strips and levered them up.
Less noisy than a kango.
Eh? I'd pop up from Kent to Coventry to play with power tools, it's
not that far, just make sure you leave home in the early hours. ;)
Yes, right, but not while I'm in the middle of packing up the house &
workshop for moving !
>> > Where are you? I've just bought a JCB Beaver hydraulic breaker and
>> > need somewhere to try it <G>
>> > AWEM
>> I'm in Coventry.
>Sadly too far - I'm in Kent !
He could bring the floor to you, surely?
>What is the best way to
>do this ? Just hire one of those "breakers" the road workers use and
>bash it to bits ?
If it's accessible from the road or driveway, see about hiring a local
JCB bod with breaker. I'm in a similar position, but have much much more
of it and wouldn't entertain the idea of doing it myself. I hired a bod
and breaker some years ago and was impressed at how much could be done
in a short time.
Well when I get to my new place I have literally almost an acre of
tatty concrete to break up, 2000 sq foot indoors and the rest various
roadways crudely laid over a few decades. Full sized JCB 3CX is on the
'must buy' list !
Thanks for the ideas folks.
I'll try drilling it to see how strong it is and decide from there.
Anyway, the concrete roof is first !
>> >Sadly too far - I'm in Kent !
>> Eh? I'd pop up from Kent to Coventry to play with power tools, it's
>> not that far, just make sure you leave home in the early hours. ;)
>Yes, right, but not while I'm in the middle of packing up the house &
>workshop for moving !
>Well when I get to my new place I have literally almost an acre of
>tatty concrete to break up, 2000 sq foot indoors and the rest various
>roadways crudely laid over a few decades. Full sized JCB 3CX is on the
>'must buy' list !
Yep, same here. About half an acre that used to be hard standing for
loading bays and entrance/exit roadways. Preliminary breaking (the
episode I referred to) to break ground for septic tanks, etc, revealed
some of the covering to be nearly a foot thick as slab was laid on slab
over the years.
I quite like it as it is, I can drive onto it and park anywhere, but at
some point I need to lay more drains and create some sort of garden
All sounds rather familliar ! Theoretically my JCB Beaver will break a
12" slab, but I've only played breaking bricks so far <G> What I
really want to do is crush it all with a concrete crusher into 20mm to
dust so I can re-use it as type one in various places
Hire shop job this one :-)