Hammer Storage

When storing a down hole hammer, it is important to take the necessary steps in order to insure a smooth operation afier restarting.

When the hole is completed and the hammer is to be inactive for several weeks or longer, the following steps should be followed.

  1. Each drill rod should be blown clear of all water‘ During this process, turn on the [rt—line lubricator and blow until the rock drill oil can be seen from the bottom end of each drill rod.
  2. Each rod (pin and box end) should be wiped clean and capped to prevent foreign contaminates from sticking to the connector ends.

Short term storage

When a down hole hammer will be stored for only a short period of time, the following steps should be take:

  1. Blow the hammer clear of all water.
  2. Pour one quart (1 litre ) of rock drill oil into the backhead. See lubrication for suitable rock drill oils.
  3. Turn the air on and cycle for 10 seconds. This wills lubricate the internal parts.
  4. Store the hammer horizontally in a dry environment.

Long term storage

When a down hole hammer will be stored for a period of time, the following steps should be take:

  1. Blow the hammer clear of all water.
  2. If at all possible, the backhead and chuck should be broken loose on the drill rig, this is much easier than trying to do so in the shop.
  3. Dissemblethe hammer.
  4. Inspect and wipe all the parts clean.
  5. Lubricate all the internal parts with rock drill oil for suitable rock drill oils. See lubrication for suitable rock drill oils
  6. Cap the backhead and chuck ends.
  7. Store the hammer horizontally in a dry environment

Restarting

Before restarting the hammer after prolonged periods of inactivity disassemble and inspect all internal hammer parts.

If any internal hammer parts have oxidized, use an emery cloth to polish each part. Wash each hammer parts, wipe dry, relubricate with rock drill oil and reassemble the hammer.

Note: Failure to check internal parts before restarting the hammer may Cause serious damage to the hammer.