More details on the repair, maintenance and operation of Vulcan hammers can be found in the Vulcanhammer.info Guide to Pile Driving Equipment.
Corresponds to Onshore Tip
|001||Head Gasket/Single Acting Hammer||1|
|002||Ram Keys Too Tight||8|
|003||Tightening the Packing Gland||10|
|004||Removing Broken Ram Point||24|
|005||Stripped Thread Repairs||30|
|006||Broken Stud Removal||31|
|007||Steam Chest Valve Liners||34, 55|
|008||Vari-Cycle Hammers||37, 56|
|009||Compressed Air Velocity Fuse||38|
|010||Outboard Bracket Shims||40|
|011||Assembly Procedures (Fastener Torque)||42|
|012||Stud Installation (Tap-End Studs)||43|
|015||Piston & Rod Installation||50|
|016||Serial Numbers||35, 52, 57|
|017||Product Bulletin||44, 54|
|019||Bar and Suspension Head Dimensions||–|
|020||Cushion Pot Dimensions||59|
|021||Pipe Cap Dimensions||–|
|022||Hammer Center of Gravity||–|
|024||Replacing the Packing||–|
|025||Slide Bar Gripper Modification||–|
Your Vulcan Offshore Pile Hammers will give you better and more consistent service if they receive good maintenance on a continuing basis.
These initial Vulcan Offshore Tips and subsequent issues should provide valuable assistance in repairing and maintaining your hammers. Consult them frequently.
Keep downtime to the minimum.
The exhortation above graced the original table of contents for the Vulcan Offshore Tips. The tips were the offshore counterpart of the more extensive Onshore Tips.
The idea of the Vulcan Tips was to provide practical maintenance information on a periodic basis to the end users of Vulcan equipment. A great deal of information was conveyed with the tips; some of it was later incorporated into the Vulcan Field Service Manuals.
The Offshore Tips were first issued in the mid 1970’s; the last tip mailed out was in 1985 and the last one to be prepared was in 1993. The graphical quality of the tips was, to say the least, elementary; in putting these tips on the Web, we attempted to retain this quality in order to give you a feel for the original. We have also made every attempt to replicate the information in the Tips. However, when we feel it is helpful, we have added notes at the bottom of the tips in italics concerning subsequent developments that are important in understanding the contents of the tips.
The caricature on the left side of our banner above also appeared with the original Offshore Tips. However, the character depicted was very real; Jesse H. Perry was Vulcan’s Manager of Engineering Services from the mid-1960’s until his sudden death in July 1983. As has been the case for nearly twenty years, this Web version of the Vulcan Offshore Tips is dedicated to his memory.
To be a successful field service man requires a unique combination of personal and technical skills. A Vulcan field service representative had to:
- Be very knowledgeable about the equipment and its application;
- Be willing to travel extensively, frequently in unglamorous places (oil is always found in places like this) and be gone for extended periods;
- Balance the best interest of his customer (the offshore contractor,) the owner (the oil company) and his employer (Vulcan.)
No individual that ever held any field service position at Vulcan was as capable of doing all of this as Jesse Perry, and this webmaster still counts it a privilege to have worked with Jesse both in the office and the field.