The foremost source of difficulty in shipping or moving the pile hammer is its size and weight. Whether the hammer is laid on a platform, vehicle, or a vessel, it should be determined that its support is adequate and that the hammer is well secured. Likewise, the hammer should be lifted only by equipment of sufficient capacity and all rigging should be thoroughly inspected beforehand. Before lifting, check gross weight label, located on machine. If any tilting, vibration or accelerative loading is anticipated, such as on a vessel or vehicle, the hammer should be secured in position. This can be more easily done with the aid of a shipping skid which can be supplied by Vulcan. Of course, it is essential that the ropes, chains or fasteners used for securing the hammer be sized adequately to withstand the load. If the hammer will be subjected to any tilting, vibration or accelerative loading, it is necessary to block the ram in order to prevent the ram from sliding and impacting without a piling to absorb the shock. A sliding ram can transmit a large impulse or shock to the securing devices that hold the hammer in place which may cause the hammer to break free and thus pose a threat to the safety of the crew, transporting vehicle or vessel. At all times, when not in use, secure the ram at the lower extremity of its travel and shim or brace it in place with wood or steel blocks and wedges. If a Vulcan designed shipping skid is used, it will provide proper support areas and a secure relationship between ram, base and piston.
Another consideration is that the carrier, whether vessel or vehicle, must be of sufficient capacity to handle the load and that the carrier should observe the operating limitations of the vessel or vehicle with that load (more than one flatbed trailer has been collapsed from improper loading of a hammer). Always refer to the gross weight label on the machine before attempting to move, load or transport.
If it is expected that the shipment will take an extended period of time, the same precautions should be taken as for storage.
These include inspection, lubrication, rust proofing and sheltering of the hammer. After shipment and before being placed in operation, a thorough inspection should again be performed to assure that no shipping damage was done and that the hammer is in operable condition. This will preclude the possibility of placing a damaged or defective hammer into use and thereby creating a hazardous situation.