A Diesel Hammer that “Looks Like a Vulcan?”

It's interesting how many impact pile hammers are designed to "look like a Vulcan." Obviously there are those like Conmaco and Raymond that were "offshoots" of the successful Warrington-Vulcan and Super-Vulcan hammers. All of these hammers are or were air-steam operated hammers. Others have used the ram/column arrangement to develop hydraulic impact hammers, with varying … Continue reading A Diesel Hammer that “Looks Like a Vulcan?”


Delmag on Driving Sheet Piles

It may seem odd on this site, but we present the Delmag Guide to Driving Sheet Piles, which Delmag (a one-time competitor of Vulcan's) put out many years ago. It's a nice and comprehensive guide to the subject for impact hammers; it's a subject that's not always well understood. Diesel hammers (in Europe at least, … Continue reading Delmag on Driving Sheet Piles

No, the Cut-In Height Didn’t Cause the “Downfall” of the Air Hammers

There's an urban legend going around social media these days that states that the "demise" (which is hardly true since they're still in use) of air hammers is due to the fact that the valve admits air to the cylinder before impact, thus slowing down the ram.  This legend has it that this was detected … Continue reading No, the Cut-In Height Didn’t Cause the “Downfall” of the Air Hammers

Pile Buck Ads 3: Nilens Diesel Hammer Driving Sheet Piles — vulcanhammer.net

The third in our series of vulcanhammer.net ads for Pile Buck include this one, showing a Nilens diesel hammer driving sheet piling using a “spud” or “rail” type leader in the back. Nilens was one of Vulcan’s more interesting adventures in pile driving equipment. The method used is a typically European practice that has found […] … Continue reading Pile Buck Ads 3: Nilens Diesel Hammer Driving Sheet Piles — vulcanhammer.net

Vulcan Diesel Hammers

At one point or another in its history, Vulcan attempted to produce or market every type of pile driver made. Probably the persistently least successful type were the diesel hammers. Vulcan's failure to manufacture and/or market a widely accepted diesel hammer was a significant long-term problem for the company. Nevertheless diesel hammers are an important … Continue reading Vulcan Diesel Hammers

Russian Diesel Hammers at Vulcan: Series I and II

Vulcan's last foray into diesel hammers was, in many ways, one of the most interesting ventures in the company's history. It was certainly one of the most involved. In 1987 Vulcan first met with Russian (then Soviet) trade representatives in Washington concerning marketing Vulcan's offshore hammer line in the Soviet Union. It's interesting to note … Continue reading Russian Diesel Hammers at Vulcan: Series I and II

Vulcan IC-30/30D/33D Diesel Hammers

With Nilens gone and the LPG hammer unsuccessful, in 1978 Vulcan found itself without any kind of internal combustion hammer. It passed up the opportunity to purchase the Link-Belt diesel hammer line and attempted to develop its own. The effort that resulted was the IC-30/30D/33D hammer line. Vulcan's starting point was the Nilens N-33 hammer, … Continue reading Vulcan IC-30/30D/33D Diesel Hammers

Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) Hammer

As the Nilens concern inched (or more accurately millimetred) its way to receivership, Vulcan embarked upon a project using one of their hammers that, had it succeeded, would have made an interesting addition to Vulcan's lineup: the Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) hammer. As was the case with noise pollution, the 1970's were also the years … Continue reading Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) Hammer


One of Vulcan's more interesting--if not necessarily most profitable--business partnerships was with the Nilens concern in Belgium. This page outlines the company and its product line. Note: We have extensive technical information available on the Nilens product line, especially the diesel hammers. Click here if you would like to contact us about this. The Company … Continue reading Nilens

Beginnings of Diesel Hammers, and the Vulcan IC-65

Until World War II driven piles in the U.S. were installed by one of two means: drop hammers or steam hammers. By that time some of Vulcan's competitors (Union, Industrial Brownhoist) were falling by the wayside, and the steam hammer market was becoming a two-sided match between Vulcan and MKT, with the Raymond hammers still … Continue reading Beginnings of Diesel Hammers, and the Vulcan IC-65