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Understanding How The Vibro Clamp Valve Works

I hope you have watched the short video about how the clamp manifold works and how to set the clamp relief valve. When a contractor calls and claims the clamp will not open or close we say “Go tighten the clamp hose line quick disconnects”. Nine out of then times the clamp fails to open or close simply because the clamp line quick disconnects are not tight. Sometimes they work loose due to vibration. The best way to to be sure is to remove the two disconnects, clean them and re-install them. Some old school pile bucks will take the two lines off and screw them together to relieve pressure in the lines. Make sure you clean them. Also, sometimes disconnects go bad, or worse, get mis-matched. A mis-matched set of QD’s may look like they fit together but do not pass oil due to different internal components of the dis-connect.

Just remember that most of the time if the clamp fails to work it is due to loose quick disconnects. No pile buck should call for service until he has removed and cleaned the connections and re-installed them. If this does not take care of the problem then it is time to take the hoses off and start checking the clamp circuit on the power unit. Check the power unit out first, then the clamp. Watch the video please. This could save you a day’s worth of down time.

Understanding how the circuit works is a step in the right direction.

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Moscow Russia Hosts Their First CON EXPO APE Booth 10532

APE will be attending along with two other representatives from Russia. Vladimir Nifontov with SFS will be hosting Dave Yingling from the APE/J&M Kent, WA Factory and Martijn Kleine with APE Holland in The Netherlands.

We are proud to have the opportunity to present our individual and combined abilities to enhance your profits with the most cutting edge technology available in the deep foundation market.

Come visit us at booth number 10532

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APE 200T Vibro/APE 700 Power Unit with Kokosing Construction

Kokosing Construction, Ohio’s most prominent heavy highway contractor, was in the market for a powerful vibro for several upcoming sheetpile jobs. After carefully researching the choices, Kokosing’s equipment manager Bob Greene called APE Northeast. It was decided the APE 200T Vibro with the APE 700 HP Power Unit best suited their needs. The 200T boasts 5200 inch pounds of eccentric moment, 800 inch pounds more than the APE 200 vibro. The extra energy is due to tungsten inserts in the eccentric weights, a patented invention. In fact, the legitimacy of the patent was recently upheld in court when it was discovered 2 of APE’s competitors were secretly adding tungsten into their eccentrics as well.

The crane operator commented how “smooth” the vibro started and stopped. APE’s patented 2 stage suppressor greatly reduces the violent shaking up the boom typically associated with the operation of other manufacturers’ hammers. The 200T with the 700 HP Power Unit provides abundant hydraulic horsepower, making it a very powerful setup indeed.

Thanks to Kokosing Construction and Bob Greene for choosing APE. Call Paul Kuzik at APE/J&M Northeast @ 201-400-8356 for more info, and for all of your pile driving equipment needs.

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Mighty Motiva

The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur Texas with a current capacity of 275,000 barrels a day is expanding its operation to 600,000 barrels a day to make it the largest refinery in the Nation and one of the top ten in the world. The expansion consists of driving approx. 60,000-80,000 piles. The company driving the most piles is Bomac Contractors from Beaumont Tx. followed by Group Contractors out of Baton Rouge La, Cajun Constructors also out of Baton Rouge La, and BOH Bros. out of New Orleans La. There are approx 20 APE diesel hammers driving in Motiva which doesn’t leave much room for anyone else’s hammers.

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Waterfront Marine Really goes APE in the home of the APES !

Waterfront Marine a local Virginia Beach VA. Contractor has really gone APE in the House of APES ! They have begun driving the 12″x 12″ concrete piles with an APE D-19-42 in the Norfolk Zoo’s new Asia exhibit. Bill Hall of Waterfront Marine tells us this 18 million dollar facility will feature all kinds of animals that are Native to Asia. They will have several tigers, monkeys, monkeys, APES (no pun intended) ect. This will feature caves, dark rooms and a large boardwalk to boast of, it will be one of the finest in the USA. We wish Waterfront Marine a safe & productive project, Go APE !

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