Hello and welcome back to this three part series! While I was taking pictures in this 'gold mine' I noticed a pattern to the mens workflow. The first step started with a Komatsu PC78 with a NPK hydraulic hammer. This was then followed by a dozer and then the roller (from last weeks blog). They were tearing down a building's foundation and needed something to crack the surface of the concrete. I am not going to lie, I wondered why they were not using a John Henry Rock Drill, since these guys build them. Either way I kept shooting, but my curiosity grew stronger. Finally, I asked them. That's when they told me the difference between the two. John Henry's are made for drilling deep holes for blasting dynamite, and this hydraulic hammer is more for cracking the surface of rock.
This hydraulic hammer was such a great choice. It was efficient, compact, and highly productive.
On a side note, I would like to point out how the operator has such a nice place to harbor themselves from the outside elements. This hammer is doing its job, and with that comes DUST. I can tell you from experience it gets dirty on the job, I always have to clean my camera afterwards. Point being, if you are the photographer bring a change of clothes. If you are the operator life is good. Inside the cab they have AM/FM radio, air conditioning, heating, comfy seat and last but not least a cup holder! This particular cup holder is being filled with a Mountain Dew in case you were wondering.
Thats going to wrap it up for me now, but next week I am going to show you how I got the high perspectives on these pictures. It was another "first experience" along with operating the roller. I cannot wait to tell you all about it!