John Deere’s new hammer line packs more blows, less parts

Updated May 4, 2016

John Deere HH60C skid steerJohn Deere has introduced a new line of hydraulic hammers optimized to work with select John Deere G- and E-Series skid steers/compact track loaders as well as G-Series compact excavators and most competitive models.

The new HH20C, HH40C, HH60C and HH80C hammers feature a new design with 30 fewer parts. The simpler design has reduced rebuild time from eight hours to one hour and has made installation and removal possible with just one screwdriver.

Despite the reduction of components, the hammers are actually more powerful, capable of two to three times more blows per minute than previous models, Deere says.

The hammers are equipped with a standard moil point for breaking concrete or medium-hard non-stratified rock. Four other bits are available options:

  • Chisel point for concrete flatwork, walls around rebar or breaking into a precut line
  • Spade for most concrete, asphalt cutting and all earthworks in soft, nonstratified rock
  • Compacting plate for single-machine prep of dirt for concrete pads and fencing
  • Pyramid point used to break hard, reinforced concrete as well as sediment (only available on the HH20C and HH40C)

The hammers have a 1,000-hour service interval and require greasing every two hours of operation.