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Vulcan Hammer On Shore Tips

One of the most successful information programs Vulcan ever conducted was the Vulcan Tips program. The first tip was issued in 1973. Although most of them were issued in the 1970’s, Vulcan issued Onshore Tips until the late 1990’s. They went beyond the Vulcan Data Manual in providing practical suggestions for proper operation of Vulcan hammers.

There were two sets of Tips, onshore and offshore, corresponding with the two markets Vulcan sold and serviced its products into. The Vulcan Offshore Tips have been on this site and its predecessors since 1998; it is appropriate that these appeared on the tenth anniversary of that posting. In the case where the specific onshore tip has an offshore counterpart, we’ve linked to the offshore tip. In cases where we’ve covered the same information in other ways, we’ve linked to that too.

Many tips refer to factory parts and service. Obviously these are no longer available, but there are sources for most of what is contained in these tips.

As is the case with the offshore tips, we’ve added commentary where appropriate. We also strongly recommend that you acquire the Vulcan Hammer Guide to Pile Driving Equipment for more information and several field service manuals for Vulcan hammers. Some of the tips are covered in that volume and are linked appropriately.


Tip # 051 : Sheet Pile Designations

To simplify Sheet Pile Designations for domestic manufacturers, there has been formulated a "New Standard, Designation" system. Given in the table below are the new and old designations for reference purposes. NEW STANDARD DESIGNATION U.S. ... Read More    

Tip # 053 : 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 particul ... Read More    

Tip # 054 : Product Bulletin

Annually we publish a listing of all products currently in production. Listed below are all units in current production accompanied by current model and specification numbers. Note: This system was devised in order to bring some order to the desig ... Read More    

Tip # 055 : Steam Chest Valve Liners

Replaceable Steam Chest Valve Liners are standard equipment in all Vulcan Single and Differential Acting Pile Hammers These Valve Liners were adopted to provide easy means of replacing worn surfaces in the Steam Chest in lieu of reboring. Given belo ... Read More    

Tip # 056 : Vari-Cycle Hammers

Vulcan Vari-Cycle (Stroke Control) is available for all Vulcan Single Acting Hammers having a cylinder which has as an integrally cast pad part thereof the necessary mounting pads for installation of the Vari-Cycle equipment. Shown in the table below ... Read More    

Tip # 057 : Serial Numbers

Vulcan Vari-Cycle (Stroke Control) is available for all Vulcan Single Acting Hammers having a cylinder which has as an integrally cast pad part thereof the necessary mounting pads for installation of the Vari-Cycle equipment. Shown in the table below ... Read More    

Tip # 058 : Nylon Slide Bars

All Vulcan Air Steam Hammers currently sold have as standard slide bars made from a tough nylon to resist the whipping that a slide bar goes through in hammer cycling. In order to insure your nylon slide bar the longest possible life, we recommend th ... Read More    

Tip # 059 : Cushion Pot Dimensions

Frequently in the course of designing a foundation, the dimensions of the cushion block are necessary for purposes of computing its stiffness for the wave equation analysis. Below are the cushion pot dimensions for our air/steam hammers: Ham ... Read More    

Tip # 060 : Hammer Warranty and Safety

Listed to the left is our warranty, which is applied to all of our hammers that we sell. Among questions that come up relating to that warranty concerns the meaning of the phrase "operation beyond rated capacity." Although not meant to be an all-incl ... Read More    

Tip # 061 : Stub Channel Modification

Many of our customers, as a result of the stub channel design on new cable type hammers, have found the stub channels to be much more maintenance free. This modification can be made to older Vulcan hammers which were originally equipped with full le ... Read More    

Tip # 062 : Equipment Handling

While Pile Hammers are not unduly difficult to handle there are some basic precautions to be observed as well as some basic Do's and Don'ts. Note: Hammer handing as "not unduly difficult" only applies to specialists in material handing. ... Read More    

Tip # 063 : Icing Conditions

Operation of Pile Hammers and Pile Extractors on compressed air frequently presents problems of ice accumulation in valve assemblies and air passage ports. Icing is a function of temperature and humidity causing erratic equipment operation as, strang ... Read More    

Tip # 064 : Proper Hose Connection

Before connecting air or steam hoses, check the outside of the hose to be sure it is in good, usable condition. Blow air or steam through the hose to be sure no dirt or debris is clogging the inside. Never use an air hose to carry steam! Steam ... Read More    

Tip # 065 : Sheave Assembly Care

Proper care of the sheave assembly is very important, since the weight of the hammer is held by this assembly and a flying sheave or falling hammer could strike a person causing severe injury. Sheaves, axles, pins, keys, nuts, and all lifting points ... Read More    

Tip # 067 : Lubrication

Below are the lubrication specifications for the Vulcan offshore pile hammers. APPLICATION POINT Lube Type Oil Viscosity Flash Point (Min.) Other Requirements SUS, 212° F cSt, 100°C Deg. F Deg. C Cylinder and Base J ... Read More    

Tip # 068 : Hammer Blow Rate

Very frequently users and engineers make the assumption that the output energy of a hammer is somehow related to the number of blows per minute the hammer puts out. Such a notion is mistaken for both Single-Acting and Differential-Acting hammers. ... Read More    

Tip # 071 : Serial Numbers (Letter Codes)

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 particul ... Read More    

Tip # 072 : Vari-Cycle II (506 & 512)

The Vulcan Vari-Cycle II offers all the advantages and ease of use of the original Vari-Cycle with fewer parts and less maintenance. When maintenance is required, it will be easier and less expensive. The Vari-Cycle II uses the same principle as th ... Read More    
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