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Maintenance of vibratory hammers: the importance of a daily check up

To keep your equipment in a perfect condition, you need to check it on a regular basis. If you don’t take good care of your machines, it will definitely affect their lifespan. In a previous blog about maintenance the importance of reading the manual and using the right oil was the main topic. This time it’s all about daily check ups.

Connecting hoses
When working with vibratory hammers and power packs, you have to deal with hose packages. Sometimes those packages contain over more than nine hoses. To prevent leaks, you have to visually check the condition of the hoses on a daily basis. If one of them is damaged, it can result in leaks or errors in the oil flow. In case the upper steel layer of a hose is damaged, you should always replace the hose with a high pressure hose. The materials those particular hoses are made of posses a certain stiffness you need to fix the job.

You also need to make sure the hoses are connected to the power pack in the right way. Hose packages are often held together with a rope or hose strap. A bad oil flow due to a badly connected hose or a loop is some of the most common problems we see. The good news is that this issue can be solved easily with a visual check.



Checking the clamp jaws
Clamp jaws have little teeth for grip on the driven object. Due to rust or damage those teeth wear out which will result in decreasing grip on the profile of the driven objects. If the sheet pile or caisson pile is rusty or has a bad coating, the clamp jaws can burn due to friction. To prevent this you can visually check up the condition of the teeth and the status of the bolts on a regular basis.

Taking care of your vibratory hammer and power pack
Most of the vibratory hammers are laid down horizontally after the job is done. To prevent your equipment from drying out, it’s a smart idea to regularly turn the vibratory hammer on the other side. The oil now reaches every part of the machine and that will keep rust at bay. 

By turning the vibratory hammer on the other side, all the bearings are getting lubricated. After 10 minutes the vibratory hammer is ready to go. It’s also a good way to spot oil leaks. Once your vibratory hammer is attached to the crane, you have the best opportunity to check the quality of the rubbers since you have a clear sight of them.


Before the job starts,  take some time to let the power pack warm up just like you do with your car. The same goes for your hammer. If a vibratory hammer constantly has to perform without warming up, it will inevitably break. During operation it’s smart to open the doors of the power pack to check whether there is any oil leakage inside. This visual control is easy and gives you insight about the status of the power pack. When the job is finished, you need to let the power pack run on low idle for five minutes, so the engine and turbo get some rest.

A check up a day keeps the mechanic away
Because you’re working with expensive machines, you should make a habit of maintenance. If you spend fifteen minutes or less a day to check up your equipment, you’ll save a lot of money on repair costs. A check up a day keeps the mechanic away!

Take good care of your equipment and prolong their lifespan. If you want to know more about maintenance of your vibratory hammers, contact us to help out!

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Topics: Piling and vibratory equipment

Posted by Alfred Oomen on May 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM


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