The pile driver is a machine with a beating maul, commonly used in pile work operations for canal locks, foundations, and consolidation of banks of rivers. The machine is constituted of a large, cylindrical maul that runs between two vertical guides. The upper end of the maul is hooked to a guide connected with a winch actuated by a toothed wheel. When the maul reaches its highest point, two recesses in the tracks cause the spring holding the maul to open. The maul then falls and its weight causes the pile to drive into the ground. The operation is repeated various times, until the pile has been driven in to the desired depth.
The model is based on the drawing:
- Codex Atlanticus f. 785b r. (1503-1506)
Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana