The Old “Toilet Paper” Trick for Piston Rings Takes on a New Meaning

The Guide to Pile Driving Equipment features the field service manual for the DGH series hammers.  Here we find the following advice during the replacement of the piston ram: Place 1" (25mm) wide pieces of soluble paper (such as toilet paper) between the piston and lower ring grooves. Push the rings and paper into … Continue reading The Old “Toilet Paper” Trick for Piston Rings Takes on a New Meaning

A Gathering for Energy Savings

Above is an unusual photo from Vulcan's archives: a gathering for a test for the Vulcanaire Supertherm at the yard of Horn Pile and Foundation Corp. in Bellmore, Long Island, NY, 16 November 1964.  It's the rare gathering in the construction (or just about any other) industry where everyone arrives in suits, but here they … Continue reading A Gathering for Energy Savings

“Much Favorable Comment” for the Vulcan Extractor

An ad in Engineering News-Record, 8 October 1931, for the Vulcan Pile Extractor.  It was used to extract arch web Lackawanna sheeting by the P.J. Kennedy & Co. of Holyoke, MA.  Vulcan touted the advantages of a "single purpose machine" (as opposed to MKT's multipurpose hammer/extractors.  MKT must have gotten the message, they developed the … Continue reading “Much Favorable Comment” for the Vulcan Extractor

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Rosa, CA, showing the Vulcan #2--to say nothing of the #1 also--significantly outperforming the MKT 9B2 (which they superseded with the 9B3) driving concrete piles.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

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

Vulcan 5150: Specifications and Information

Progressing from the 5100, the six (6) 5150's produced were made in 1978-9 and delivered to four customers: McDermott, Brown & Root, Raymond and Santa Fe.  Their main purpose was to drive piles for the "mudslide" platforms at the mouth of the Mississippi River, which were suffering failures due to scour loads. Specifications for the … Continue reading Vulcan 5150: Specifications and Information