“It’s a precision job, especially if it’s a hard piece of concrete or rock,” says Martin. “[If] the operator is able to get close to the work and see what he is doing, he is being more productive, because he is staying tight to the work. He is able to place the machine very quickly and get the tool back in the hammering mode.” He also stays out of dangerous situations.
By moving the operator away from the machine, manufacturers can increase available boom force, as well. “We try to build a boom that will support the biggest tool we can put on the end of it and still keep the machine in balance,” says Martin. “Breakout forces are not going to be critical, because if you don’t knock our machine over every once in a while, you are probably not working it hard enough.”