Hilti begins selling its newest tool - the TE3000 breaker - in the UK later this month. Declan Lynch talks to its developers about how they hope the electric tool will make its mark in an area traditionally dominated by air tools.
Hilti’s newest product, the TE3000 active vibration reduction AVR breaker, has been in development for over seven years and Hilti development managers Arne Reinheimer and Tom Clegg, who are helping to launch it in the UK, are very excited about its introduction.
The TE3000 AVR breaker is an electrically powered tool for use in heavy breaking and demolition work on concrete or asphalt.
“We’ve developed an electric tool which is has the power of a pneumatic air tool,” says Hilti drilling and demolition product manager Tom Clegg.
Clegg hopes the TE3000 will help tap into an area where previously only pneumatic tools would have been used.
Key to Clegg and Reinheimer’s excitement with the new breaker is its increase in power. The TE3000 has a hammer power, known as single impact energy of 68J, an increase from 30J in its TE1500 series and puts it into the category of pneumatic breakers.
“Workers now don’t need the extras that come with air tools, such as hoses and compressors, which makes it cheaper and more environmentally friendly,” says Clegg.
As a result the TE3000 AVR is easy to transport, highly versatile and ready for use in minutes. Providing power to the breaker is a detachable cable using a a 16A plug, which means it can run off the smaller 3KW to 3.5KW generators.
To cut the concrete the breaker uses Hilti’s polygon TE-Hax28 chisel. Its self-sharpening effect means it retains a high performance level through its service life.
However, Hilti business unit chemicals head of development Reinheimer believes that there needs to be some persuasion before engineers will want to use an electric breaker.
“It’s an eye opener [to clients] when they use an electric breaker,” says Reinheimer. Similar power levels for competing electric breakers are at 43J.
Clegg believes that the TE3000’s lower operating costs than air tools and the superior power versus competing electric tools means that Hilti’s breakers are uniquely placed.
“It can do more applications [than air tools],” adds Reinheimer. “Particularly job sites with space restrictions, refurbishments and when using a compressor isn’t an option.”
“The end-user understands the difference,” added Rainer.
“In this market most of the tools are rented. During the pre-sale period, customers have requested the TE3000 from the hire firms.”
A TE3000 will cost about £50/week to hire or about £1,400 to buy outright. It goes on full sale at the end of May.
- Low operating costs
- Can be hired or bought outright
- Hammering impact - 68J
- Breaking performance - up to 6t of concrete per hour
- Maintenance-free SR motor
- Versatile and easy to operate - no compressor required
Health & safety
- Low vibration - less than 7m/s2 -over four hours permissible trigger time
- No hoses and compressors - reduced trip hazard
- Electric cable - robust and comes with spare
Hilti app for iphone
Hilti has unveiled its first iPhone application - the anchor app.
Users of the application can select Hilti’s various anchor types and sizes by inputting base data such as edge distance and base material.
The pilot project is intended to be used with software programme Profis for design.