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Serial Numbers

It is frequently desirable to ascertain the age of equipment for appraisal, evaluation and a variety of other reasons. As is customary in most construction equipment, we show below the year of manufacture and the serial number range for that particular year. As we approach one hundred years of serial numbers, we will on a yearly basis update this information.

YEAR S/N RANGE YEAR S/N RANGE YEAR S/N RANGE YEAR S/N RANGE
1888 1/7 1913 771/832 1938 2504/2546 1963 48569/48667
1889 8/13 1914 833/912 1939 2547/2586 1964 48668/48777
1890 14/36 1915 913/994 1940 2587/2671 1965 48778/48855
FE665/FE1290
1891 37/45 1916 995/1041 1941 2672/2806 1966 FF1295/FF3050
1892 46/60 1917 1042/1115 1942 2807/2902 1967 FG3055/FG5475
1893 61/73 1918 1116/1197 1943 2903/2970 1968 FH5480/FH6000
1894 74/86 1919 1198/1231 1944 2971/3157 1969 FI6005/FI6555
1895 87/98 1920 1232/1259 1945 3158/3199 1970 FJ6700/FJ6755
GJ6760/GJ7175
1896 99/110 1921 1260/1321 1946 3200/3259 1971 GA7185/GA7670
1897 111/124 1922 1322/1374 1947 3260/3328 1972 GB7675/GB8200
1898 125 1923 1375/1431 1948 3329/3404 1973 GC8205/GC8690
1899 126/148 1924 1432/1517 1949 3405/3464 1974 GD8695/GD9270
1900 149/157 1925 1518/1591 1950 3465/3571 1975 GE9275/GE9720
1901 158/194 1926 1592/1665 1951 3572/3663 1976 GF100/GF470
1902 195/231 1927 1666/1777 1952 3664/3747 1977 See Note Below
1903 232/241 1928 1778/1906 1953 3748/3826 1978
1904 242/287 1929 1907/2039 1954 3827/3898 1979
1905 288/352 1930 2040/2164 1955 3899/4012 1980
1906 353/411 1931 2165/2258 1956 4013/4214 1981
1907 412/461 1932 2259/2300 1957 4215/4363 1982
1908 462/507 1933 2301/2324 1958 4364/4488 1983
1909 508/548 1934 2325/2364 1959 4489/4623 1984
1910 549/604 1935 2365/2379 1960 4624/4747 1985
1911 605/690 1936 2380/2450 1961 4748/48335 1986
1912 691/770 1937 2451/2503 1962 48336/48568 1987
Letter Digit

A

1

B

2

C

3

D

4

E

5

F

6

G

7

H

8

I

9

J

0

Note: This tip, issued in 1976, was never followed up on; there were never any updates for the offshore tips (there was one in 1977 for the onshore ones; the information from that one is included above.) In fact, by the 1980’s Vulcan took this tip out of its distribution list in fear of people knowing the number of Vulcan hammers outstanding.

However, such updates were, in reality, unnecessary, because in 1965 Vulcan adopted its present system of serial numbers for hammers. This system gave the year of the hammer’s manufacture without having to consult the factory. All of this type of serial number is in the format of

XX-YYYY

where “XX” represents the year code in two letters; they translate into the last two digits of the year as shown in the table on the left. Thus, for a hammer with the serial number prefix “GF” this translates into “76”, thus the hammer was made in 1976. The implementation of these numbers can be seen above.

If you would like more information on this subject, or on a specific hammer serial number, you can fill out the form below and submit it.

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