Production Spike Driver with ASF Option

CX Hammer

Key Features

  • Complete rebuild program available to install the Auto Spike Feeder option.
  • Dual-operator, enclosed climate-controlled cab;seating for:two spike gun operators
  • Hydraulic-driven, high-impact spiking hammers with reciprocating driving action
  • Remote electric spike pattern adjustment
  • Tie nippers with BTI hooks
  • Digital variable roller gager
  • John Deere Tier III diesel engine
  • Positive-locking turntable, with steel base
  • Four-wheel, dual-axle, chain-driven propulsion system
  • Spring-applied, hydraulic-released brakes; Cobra brake shoes
  • 24 VDC (dual 12 VDC), circuit-breaker-protected, electrical system
  • Single, pressure-compensated, hydraulic pump
  • Cold weather options available, including engine heater
  • Spike storage options: Bulk bin, with Cluster Buster option
  • Joystick controls
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Save 1/3 to 1/2 in personnel costs

Are you currently using an additional crew member on your CX Hammer spike drivers to feed spike trays? With the Auto Spike Feeder (ASF) option, you no longer need to schedule that extra person, reducing your spiker crew size on tie gangs by one third and your crew size on rail gangs by one half.

When you consider the average pay and benefits for a crew member, the savings in personnel costs mean the ASF can pay for itself in approximately 18 months.

Reduce distractions and increase efficiency

If your operators are currently feeding the spike trays themselves, the ASF reduces the distractions that arise from retriving and loading spikes during machine operation.

Fewer distractions = fewer accidents.

In addition, since operators no longer have to juggle loading and spiking activities, they can focus soley on spike-drivnig tasks - increasing both efficiency and productivity levels.

Meets industry production needs

The ASF is designed to meet all normal production spiking rates expected by the railroad industry.

Includes Cluster Buster feature

The ASF automatically includes a second spike pusher - the Cluster Buster - in the bulk loader for additional spike movement into the singulator portion of the spike feeding operations.

Automatic really means automatic

Just press one button to start the entire auto spike feeder process, including the bin vibrator, singulator, conveyor belts, and orienters. When you turn the CX Hammer's ignition switch off, the ASF automatically shuts off too.

Maintenance friendly

The ASF not only uses readily available parts, such as standard hydraulic cylinders, but also offers easy access to all components - making it easy to maintain.

No bulk loader interference

Continue to load spikes into the bulk loader using your current preferred method. The ASF equipment does not interfere with loading operations or require any special procedures.



Category Specification Value
General Weight 30,350 lbs
  Length 25” 8”
  Width 8” 6”
  Height 9” 10”
  Wheel base 13’ 6”
  Travel speed 25 mph (maximum)
Capacities Fuel tank 120 gallons
  Hydraulic tank 110 gallons
Engine Make/Model John Deere 4045TF, 99 HP, four-cylinder, turbo diesel-fired (140 HP engine required with auto spike feeder option)
Hydraulic System Pumps Vickers PVH Series
  Control valves Vickers manifolded
  Oil Cooler Electric fan, 80 GPM
Electrical System Battery 24 Vdc (dual 12V DC batteries), 1150 cold-cranking amps
Axle / Wheels Axle size / Wheel size and type 3-inch standard (3 7/16-inch with bulk loader option)/ 16-inch diameter, cast steel
Brakes Type Four-wheel shoe type, spring-actuated, hydraulic-release



Category Option Type Description
Cabin Cabin accessories Cab-controlled power locks (gager, nipper, workheads), air conditioning, cab pressurizer, cab window shades, engine-driven air conditioner, spike feeder swivel seat pedestal, vandal guards for windows, windshield washer fluid tank and nozzles
Spike Control Spike-related accessories Push-style bulk loader, cluster buster /spring-mount option for bulk loader, dust collection system for bulk spike loader, ladder and walkway for bulk loader, steps and grab irons for bulk loader maintenance access, Lewis bolt ever-grip driving heads
  Auto spike feeder option Spike orientors, spike trays, singulator and conveyors, electrical and hydraulic upgrades, inclusion of bulk bin with Cluster Buster option
Repair & Maintenance Corner-mounted jackstands Holds the unit above the track to allow under-machine repairs
  Electric hydraulic tank fill system Allows quick filling of hydraulic tank
  Spare hose tree Stores extra hoses on the machine
  Remote coolant filter loops / Remote fluid drains Allows quick filter/fluid maintenance
  Schroeder KF 30 case drain return filtration Filters oil to remove engine wear-related metal filings
  Electric emergency pump Allows workhead to be moved if engine fails
Other Accessories Gauges and alarms Fuel level site gauge, speedometer, hydraulic reservoir temperature gauge, low hydraulic oil/high hydraulic oil temperature alarm
  Lighting and mirrors Heated outside mirrors, perimeter lighting package
  Storage Additional book storage box, operator belongings box, track tool box
  Miscellaneous “Danger Live Track” retractable belt, DOT reflective tape, extra parts/operations/maintenance manuals, rail sweeps, tow bar with D-handle hitch pins
  Turntable Aluminum replacement for standard steel turntable, turntable warning light and buzzer


Auto Spike Feeder

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