When you plan to leave your hydraulic breaking hammer idle for long periods of time, (for example, over a winter) it is important to store the hammer in an upright orientation. Long periods of horizontal storage can cause premature wear or damage to the hammer’s internal components. For smaller hammers, a section of pipe welded to a base makes a good stand by simply inserting the tool bit into the top of the pipe. Larger hammers may need to be chained or strapped to something sturdy like a piling or a tree. If you have a firm smooth surface like a concrete floor, many medium and large hammers will balance nicely on their bottom end with the tool removed.