Titan TTB280DRH 15.5kg Breaker Review

August 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm
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Titan TTB280DRH 15.5kg Breaker

The Titan TTB280DRH 15.5kg Breaker has earnt itself a fantastic reputation as a low cost, low maintenance, but highly effective tool. As one of Screwfix’s own brand products, we were expecting it to be reasonably robust, but still miles behind the usually superior DeWalt or Makita products. It is – but only on the price!

Purpose

The purpose of this breaker is simple – break concrete, tarmac or anything else hard enough to require some ‘persuading’ out of the path of your spade or hole digger.

Features

  • Low cost, at only £169.99
  • All metal gearbox
  • Carry case
  • Flat and pointed chisels
  • 15.5kg weight
  • Lock-on switch
  • Impact rate 1300 bpm

Pros

We’ve been blown away by the value of this breaker. At £170 it is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) full size breakers on the market. However, to focus solely on the amazing price is actually doing the product a bit of a disservice, as it is a very good product in its own right.

At 15.5kg, it’s a good weight to pack a hefty punch. It doesn’t feel lightweight or flimsy, nor is it, which helps it rattle through the vast majority of jobs. There are only two chisels supplied with the machine, but so far we haven’t found anything that one or a combination of both won’t make short work of.

The breaker is capable of working all day without overheating or breaking down, in fact you’re more likely to need to change the operator than the machine in terms of sheer reliability. It comes with a 2 year warranty too, so in the unlikely event that you do kill this machine, it’ll be changed straight away. Ours is now out of warranty, but if somehow it did eventually pack up, we’d have another instantly.

Cons

The product has served us well over the last 3 years with no maintenance, and if we’re honest, not much care at all. Used in all weathers too, it has rarely complained, but the bits have probably worn a fraction quicker than the more expensive machines. I’d stress probably though, as we haven’t been using a different machine alongside it to compare. It’s a little on the loud side at 105db, but as you should be wearing eye protection and ear defenders when using the breaker, that shouldn’t really be an issue for the operator.

It can be a bit fiddly to put away, as the movable handle has to be removed to get it in the case, but unless you’re using it every day that is unlikely to detract from the overall value of the product.

Summary

At the risk of repetition, you won’t find anything better at the price. You can destroy (well, you can try to…) three of these before you’ve covered the cost of the competition models. Even if you’re planning to hire a breaker, you only need to use this 3-4 times before it’s covered the cost of purchase. But even ignoring the ludicrous price, it’s a great tool – powerful and efficient. If it were stolen, broken or wrested from our grasp for any other reason at all, it would be replaced instantly.