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Old 02-28-2008, 01:02 PM   #1
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Do any of you use a demo hammer when tearing out tile floors? What model can you recomend? I have always done this manually with a small sledge and several flat bars and crow bars, but I have a large kitchen tear-out coming up and was looking for a faster and easier method. Any other tools you have found that helps?
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Old 02-28-2008, 01:18 PM   #2
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I have always used my Estwing 22. The CLAW end (straight claw not curved)! Swing it at a seam and pull away. Decking, sheathing, whatever, comes up like limp toast. Also quite cathartic. Helps in keeping me form hitting annoying people!

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Old 02-28-2008, 02:16 PM   #3
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You could try a 90 lb electric jack hammer. It should go pretty quickly and keep you off your hands and knees through the process as well. We rent them for about $80 a day here. Make sure you get the nice wide attachment for it, they have a 6" wide chisel head.
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It seems as though I missed the word "Tile" in the original post!!!!

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A small chipping hammer should work



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You could try a 90 lb electric jack hammer. It should go pretty quickly and keep you off your hands and knees through the process as well. We rent them for about $80 a day here. Make sure you get the nice wide attachment for it, they have a 6" wide chisel head.
That may be a little overkill, he said tile not an 8" slab especialy if its a wood framed floor, he'll end up in the basement after a few chops
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That may be a little overkill, he said tile not an 8" slab especialy if its a wood framed floor, he'll end up in the basement after a few chops
I happened to have one on a job site for other purposes. One of my helpers decided to give it a whirl with the wide attachment. It is defiantly over kill but you should have seen how fast 800 sf of floor came up. You gotta use it on a good angle to be safe for sure. After seeing how well it worked, I'd probably rent it again for bigger spaces
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Bosch Bulldog Extreme with a wide chisel bit. Works like a charm.
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You better have Mr. Universe on hand to operate that breaker too. Unless you're talking about the 35# breakers. I definitely would not recommend the Brute breaker.
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We use a Bosh Demolition Hammer:

This one makes the job fly: http://www.toolbarn.com/product/bosch/11316EVS/

or This: a little lighter weight combo hammer (rotary and demo): http://www.toolbarn.com/product/bosch/11247/
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I didn't know that Bosch makes a nice 35 lb hammer too! Just found it, still over kill though. At the age of 40, I like tools that keep me off the floor as much as possible
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Thanks for the replys, at 52 years old, I'm always looking for a way to save my back. I think I will rent a demo hammer for this job to check it out. If it does the trick, I know what my next new tool will be.
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http://www.toolbarn.com/product/bosch/HS1465/

this will work but I saw my flooring contractor use one that was 3" wide with a replaceable spring steel blade to clear about 600 sq ft of tile in a morning, smooth no grinding or sanding needed. like this one

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