1. When using any tool, safety glasses, ear protectors, and safety shoes should be worn for full protection. On overhead work, a safety helmet should also be worn.
2. Never cause undue leverage to be applied to the tool during operation. If a tool is being used properly, this action is not necessary.
3. Never use any of these tools as a hand struck tool as they are specifically designed and heat treated to be used only in air, electric, or hydraulic hammers.
4. Always use the proper tool for the work for which it was designed. Each tool has its own specific purpose.
5. Never use dull tools as they will accomplish nothing and will break from fatigue.
6. Always follow proper reconditioning procedures to reduce chances of breakage. We cannot be responsible for tools reconditioned by others. Proper procedures are available upon request.
7. Keep all hammer parts in good repair as they affect the life of the tool.
8. Be sure to select the correct shank for the hammer you are using as there are many types and styles in use today.
9. Never alter the tool in any way. This could cause the tool to fail in service.
10. Always have a sure footing to give hammer proper support while operating – take no chances.
11. Never operate air hammers at a pressure greater than 100 p.s.i.
12. Warm tools prior to use when temperature is below freezing.
13. Tools without cutting edges are used for driving and ramming and should be examined constantly for any sign of fatigue.
14. Always maintain firm and steady pressure on the hammer or rock drill to prevent stress build-up that could result in tool failure.