Production Spike Driver

CX Hammer

Key Features

  • Complete rebuild program for Model C Spikers (12V and 24V) conversions to CX Hammer.
  • CX Hammer with auto spiker feeder option also available.
  • Dual-operator, enclosed climate-controlled cab;seating for:two spike gun operators and one feed tray operator
  • Hydraulic-driven, high-impact spiking hammers with reciprocating driving action; optional Lewis Bolt workhead available
  • 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:
    • Boom and winch for loading spike kegs on rear deck
    • Bulk bin, either with or without Cluster Buster option
  • Joystick controls
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High-impact spiking hammers

The CX Hammer- Production Spike Driver uses a hammer-style reciprocating driving action that:

  • Drives spikes in with 2,200 lbs of spiking down force,ensuring strong and stable connections
  • Bends less spikes, requiring fewer manual pulls and re-drives while reducing spike waste

Fast and powerful

The CX Hammer can simultaneously drive up to two spikes per rail, for a total of four per tie, while the hydraulically operated spotting system allows fast alignment of the guns with the tie plate holes. The weight of the machine, as well as the load transfer inherent in the machine’s design, stabilizes the machine on the track, allowing both sides of the tie to be worked on at the same time. The large capacity spike trays hold up to 50 spikes each, allowing continuous spiking operations.

An auto spike feeder option provides continuous spike feeding action from the bulk bin directly to the driving guns, eliminating the need for a feed tray operator.

Secure tie plates during spiking

The tie nipper assembly grasps and pulls the ties up and closer to the rail during the spiking process, allowing the tie plate to be as firmly attached to the tie as possible.

Adjust to different gaging conditions

The optional gaging attachment allows the operators to:

  • Easily push rail into the correct position to set the track gauge
  • Adjust for different rail heights
  • Set the speed of the gaging process
  • Control the gager settings to correctly calculate for new or worn rail

Quickly adjust to different working conditions

Make simple adjustments - from inside the cab - to adapt the gun spacing for different hole patterns. Or quickly set the proximity switches to adjust the workhead to handle different rail heights. In addition, easily switch between settings for welded or jointed rail.

Quickly load spikes

Use the attached boom and winch to quickly load spike kegs onto the rear storage rack; the winch handles loads up to 300 lbs.

Or, include the optional bulk bin in order to use bulk spikes, allowing you to load a full day’s load of spikes at one time. An available Cluster Buster option uses a ram to push spikes to the feed area while a second ram breaks up any spike jams; spring mounting

Category Specification Value
General Weight 28, 750 lbs (30,350 lbs with bulk loader option)
  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


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