Production Spike Driver

SE Spiker

Key Features

The SE Spiker includes the following:

  • Dual-operator, enclosed climate-controlled cab; seating for:
    • Two spike gun operators and one feed tray operator (without auto spike feeder option)
    • Two spike gun operators (with auto spike feeder option)
  • John Deere 4045T, 140HP, 140A alternator Tier III diesel engine
  • Hydraulic-driven, high-impact spiking hammers with reciprocating driving action
  • Variable hydrostatic pump and motors for smooth travel
  • Proportional propel pedals
  • Traction control system
  • Four-wheel, dual-axle, chain-driven propulsion system
  • Spring-applied, hydraulic-released brakes; Cobra brake shoes
  • Proportional gager control with operator-visible gager light
  • Hydraulic pattern cylinders for spike pattern adjustments
  • Tie nippers
  • Power lockups
  • Quick-change anvil design
  • Positive-locking turntable, with aluminum base
  • 90-gallon fuel tank
  • 110-gallon hydraulic tank
  • 24 VDC circuit-breaker-protected electrical system
  • Single, pressure-compensated, hydraulic pump
  • Spike storage options:
    • Boom and winch for loading spike kegs on rear deck
    • Bulk bin, either with or without Cluster Buster option (bulk bin and Cluster Buster required with auto spike feeder option)
  • Electrical joystick controls
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Productivity AND Control

Powerful equipment, combined with powerful systems, mean not only improved operator control but increased productivity:

  • The new CANbus control system allows operators to easily establish all their critical operational settings from an intuitive tablet display (combined monitor and keyboard). Mechanics use the same CANbus-controlled tablet display to quickly diagnose any equipment problems.
  • The hydrostatic propel system, with up to two times more torque than the CX Hammer, offers much faster acceleration while providing more responsive control over movement. The system also features proportional propel pedals, as well as variable pump and motors, resulting in much smoother track travel.
  • The traction control system includes anti-slip, as well as feathering capabilities.
  • The hydraulic pattern cylinders provide gun spacing. Optional pattern memory includes a previous pattern recall feature, allowing operators to quickly set up and store spacing patterns.
  • The hydraulic hammers have more impact energy than the hammers used on the CX Hammer.
  • The new bulkbin design with an improved Cluster Buster feature improves the flow of spikes. 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.
  • The configurable automatic nipper dig and spike loading options allow the operator to focus on spiking operations, while reducing operator fatigue.
  • The proportional gager control allows fast and reliable gaging operations.
  • New nipper cylinders with regen and auto-dig option allow for faster nipping of ties.

Improved visibility

Operators enjoy improved visibility with the SE Spiker:

  • Operators appreciate the larger front windows, the raised operator seat, and the clear sight lines across the top of the engine, hydraulic, and electrical systems.

Maintenance made simple

The SE Hammer was specifically designed with field maintenance in mind:

  • Mechanics appreciate the piping layout that includes a common gallery, shorter hoses, highly visible and simplified hose routings, and less fittings. User-friendly hydraulic and electrical ssytem plaques clearly identify parts and their associated part numbers for easy replacement part ordering.
  • The proportional mobile equipment valves, unlike industrial DO3 valves, are much smaller and have far fewer potential leak points.
  • The quick-change anvil ensures swift and simple anvil change outs in the field.
  • The SE Spiker uses many of the same components as other Nordco machines, meaning you can stock fewer maintenance parts on your parts wagon. In addition, the machine's modular design makes components accessible and faster to maintain.

Ergonomics rule the day

The SE Spiker was also specifically desinged with operator ergonomics in mind:

  • The raised operator seat and the tablet-style CANbus control system give the operator more access to operational controls from the seated position, making it easier and faster to not only perform initial setups, but to respond to environmental changes as they arise.
  • The raised cab floor and the barrier-free walkway reduces potential trips and falls.
  • New transducers in the up/down cylinders replace proximity switches for easy adjustment of cylinder ready heights.
  • The air conditioning unit faces the operators, providing maximum cooling effect on torrid days.


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 90 gallons
  Hydraulic tank 110 gallons
Engine Make/Model John Deere 4045TF, 140 HP, four-cylinder, turbo diesel-fired (140 HP engine required with auto spike feeder option)
Hydraulic System Pumps Variable hydrostatic pump
  Control valves Various cartridge
  Oil Cooler Electric fan, 80 GPM
Electrical System Battery 24 Vdc 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,  vandal guards for windows, windshield washer fluid tank and nozzles
Spike Control Spike-related accessories Push-style bulk loader, dual vibrators, 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 Turntable warning light and buzzer


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