Vulcan 5150, Now With a Revised Design

This site, as it says in the masthead, is to chronicle "Vulcan Iron Works Inc. and the pile hammers it made."  Every now and then, we feature new things about this old product line from Vulcan Foundation Equipment, which currently supports the line with new and used hammers, service and parts. The Vulcan 5150, first … Continue reading Vulcan 5150, Now With a Revised Design

Christmas Music at the Australian Avenue Office (Maybe)

When Vulcan opened it's Australian Avenue office in West Palm Beach in 1966, it wasn't long after that Vulcan acquired one of those continuous loop background music tape players (as depicted below) that graced many offices, department stores and malls of the era. https://youtu.be/d2tx5NHDcHA Background "easy listening" music was pretty much a fixture at the … Continue reading Christmas Music at the Australian Avenue Office (Maybe)

When the Vulcan #2 Beat the MKT 9B2

Above is a job comparison from 1926, put together by the firm Proctor and Cleghorn of Santa Rosa, CA, showing the Vulcan #2--to say nothing of the #1 also--significantly outperforming the MKT 9B2 (which they superseded with the 9B3) driving concrete piles.  Vulcan obtained this data from Harron, Rickard & McCone, Vulcan's dealer in California. … Continue reading When the Vulcan #2 Beat the MKT 9B2

When God Threw His Wallet on the Table

One of the many "characters" in Vulcan's long (144 year) history was Jesse H. Perry, Vulcan's senior field service representative right up until his sudden death.  As I mention elsewhere, it took a very special kind of person to do what Jess did.  Construction is a high risk activity, and that's especially true with offshore … Continue reading When God Threw His Wallet on the Table

How Vulcan Extractors Work

Vulcan was generally not hesitant to include information on the cycle workings of its air/steam hammers, but for some reason never included similar information on its extractors.  Above is a diagram from 1940 which shows how this is done. Basically we start with the view on the left.  Air or steam is admitted through inlet … Continue reading How Vulcan Extractors Work

Onshore Hammer Clearance Dimensions

Above is a clearance chart from 1979 of Vulcan's onshore air/steam hammers.  The clearance chart is helpful in that it can show whether your Vulcan hammer can fit into a given set of leaders. One thing to keep in mind is that, if your leaders have a low distance from the front to the back … Continue reading Onshore Hammer Clearance Dimensions

Slide Bar Gripper

Once Vulcan got past designs such as this, the slide bar (the cam which turned the valve during operation) was retained in a ram using a key driven though the base of the slide bar.  The slide bar interfaced with the ram using a spherical block to allow rotation of the bar, necessary to compensate … Continue reading Slide Bar Gripper

Vulcan Hammers: Specifications and Information

One thing Vulcan representatives got ask frequently for was a "spec sheet" for a particular hammer.  This is an online answer to that question.  Our pages include specifications, general arrangements of the hammers, photos and usually some history behind the hammer model.  We trust that this will be helpful to you in servicing your existing … Continue reading Vulcan Hammers: Specifications and Information