Some innovations are a little less dramatic than others but may be more useful, such as this breaker from Goldblatt Tools. Although the Ram Rod is completely human powered, it uses a piston-action mechanism to increase the force at the tip by 3 times. It comes with a spike bit for breaking, several chisels, and a scraper bit. It packs a punch despite weighing only 15 lbs. (with a 5-lb. collar for extra weight where needed). You’re not going to do major demolition work with this, but it will sure be handy for smaller tasks.