When it comes to selecting the right equipment for the job, maximizing a single piece of equipment for multiple tasks can certainly save money – but only if it can handle the work. How much room you’ll have to move around the job site is, of course, another major consideration. For pile driving, excavator-mounted side clamp hammers can give you the power, accuracy, and maneuverability required for low headroom applications and hard to access areas at a lower cost.

International Attachments Inc. First introduced an excavator-mounted vibratory driver/extractor in 2009.  They’ve got over a dozen years of experience with side grip hammers, and vibratory pile drivers.

Crane Hung  Pile drivers: Over the years, traditional pile driving was almost always accomplished with a “crane-hung” application. This method is still just as effective, however, cranes can be expensive to operate, move, and assemble/disassemble. Excavators are typically simpler, less expensive–and most contractors currently own or have easy access to an excavator. With this in mind, International Attachments  developed excavator-mounted vibratory hammers with side clamp. These were originally developed out of their current fleet of crane-hung vibratory drivers. The ESF crane-hung hammers were re-designed with the idea of having a crane-hung application hammer as well as an excavator-mounted hammer option available. In this way, operators could use their hammers in both an excavator-mounted and crane-hung application.

Side Clamp Hammers  

ERV and ESF model hammers feature removable side-clamp and 360 degree rotation, allowing them to be hung from a crane and powered by a hydraulic power unit, or mounted to an excavator of the appropriate size and powered by its hydraulics. For small jobs and excavators without the necessary hydraulic capacity, they can be pinned from the bucket cylinder of your selected machine, and powered by a hydraulic power unit.

Fast and Effective

IAI manufacturer offer attachments to expand the use of your excavator. All Piling can be picked up from the ground and installed using the side clamp. This setup speeds up pile production while giving the operator more control of the installation. It eliminates the need of having to be on top of the piling for driving. This is a great benefit in a low-head room application such as under bridges, power lines, and inside of buildings. The side clamp also allows piling that is taller than the excavator’s reach. This eliminates having to fit the boom with an extension.

Size Options  

It is critical to select a vibratory pile driving hammer that is sized correctly for the job and your equipment. For example, IAI.  Manufacturing offers four different sizes of excavator-mounted vibratory hammers. Our ERV 4,6,8,12 line includes side clamp. The ESf line are excavator or crane mounted.

Excavator-Mounted Specs  

There are several specifications to consider to ensure you select the correct side-grip vibratory pile hammer for your excavator.

Crane or Excavator  

Some pile driving jobs are best handled by crane-hung vibratory pile hammers. Using an excavator-mounted hammer can save money by using equipment you likely own and reducing the amount of peripheral equipment required for the crane. Typically, fewer workers are needed to operate an excavator-mounted hammer. To select the right vibratory pile hammer for your equipment be sure to review your job requirements and excavator specifications with International Attachments Inc. www.iai-usa.com/ 1-877-219-1962

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