You may have heard about the heat treatment of metal, but are unfamiliar with the details of the process or some of the benefits that come with it. More importantly, we are going to be discussing the necessity of using correctly heat treated steel that is used in hydraulic hammers.
What is Heat Treating?
Heat treating steel is a process that involves changing the physical state of the metal. This is done through a repetitive, systematic heating and cooling process. First, the metal is heated to extreme temperatures, that bring it to the brink of chemical instability. Depending on the type of metal, this temperature is maintained until the entire piece of steel becomes evenly heated, throughout.
After the heating process heating process, the metal is cooled in a controlled environment. Much like the with metal forming or forging, this processes significantly improves the chemical composition and functionality of the metal.
This careful and precise process gives us the ability to manipulate the grain structure of the steel, making it a tougher and more durable. The heat treating process as a whole increases the tensile and overall strength of the steel, making it ideal for heavy working scenarios.
Steel Composition and How it Is Affected by Heat Treating
Heat treatment improves in the makeup, durability and functionality of the steel. In heating and cooling the steel, the structure of the grains become smaller. As mentioned before, smaller grains result in a greater durability and functionality. This single component makes hydraulic hammers much more effective and safer during demolition work.
Using untreated or improperly treated steel could lead to unsafe work conditions and damage to your equipment or demolition tools.
The Dangers of Using Improperly Treated Steel or Untreated Steel
Using untreated or improperly heat treated steel with a hydraulic hammer can be inefficient and costly. In fact, using untreated steel or improperly purposed metals can damage the pistons, retainers, bushings and other internal components of the breakers. You can save a lot of time, money and headache by just making sure that you have properly treated steel.
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