The energy is transferred to the underlying loose granular soils and rearranges the particles into a denser formation. This compaction process can be optimised using an advanced GPS logging system.


The Van den Heuvel soil compaction machines are equipped with a powerful VDH hydraulic impact hammer. The distinct feature of these RDC machines is the cradle. This is specially designed by our engineering department to optimise the operating force of the hammer. The benefit of this is that the hammer has a higher degree of stability and can generate much more force than that generated by a connection to the rear of the hammer. The cradle and the hammer are connected to the basic rig using a monoboom, which we have specially designed for this application. The compaction feet can be produced in any diameter you wish.



Machine type: 50-55 tons

Hammer type: VDH9-1500

Fall height: 50-1500 mm

Blows p. min .: 30-100

Max. energy: 132 kNm

Fall weight: 9,000 kg

Total weight: 16,000 kg

Oil flow: 328 l / min

Working pressure: 260 bar

Theoretical power: 142 kW

Adapter type: 880 mm

Compaction foot: 1,600 mm

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Machine type: 65-70 tons

Hammer type: VDH12-1200

Fall height: 50-1,200 mm

Blows p. min .: 40-100

Max. energy: 141 kNm

Fall weight: 12,000 kg

Total weight: 20,500 kg

Oil flow: 795 l / min

Working pressure: 157 bar

Theoretical power: 208 kW

Adapter type: 1.080 mm

Compaction foot: 1,600 / 2,000 mm

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Machine type: 85-90 tons

Hammer type: VDH17-1200

Fall height: 50-1,200 mm

Blows p. min .: 40-100

Max. energy: 200 kNm

Fall weight: 16,000 kg

Total weight: 25,000 kg

Oil flow: 795 l / min

Working pressure: 209 bar

Theoretical power: 277 kW

Adapter type: 1.080 mm

Compaction foot: 1,600 / 2,000 / 2,400 mm

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Advice & engineering

The engineering department specialises in custom designing soil compaction machines for your project. Our team of experts provides you with advice, focuses on technological research, carries out calculations and draws up planning schedules, all to ensure that we develop the best bespoke soil compaction machine for your project. But they also focus on developing new parts and innovations for or improvements to soil compaction machines.


Our engineers translate your ideas, wishes or requirements into a design. They draw up the necessary 3D-drawings, capacity specifications and strength calculations. We work with modern CAD-programmes and Finite Element Analysis. This methodology allows complex structural behaviour to be modelled, with the benefit being a closer approximation of the definitive situation already at the design phase. It is then also possible to analyse multiple design variants in a short period and to select the best option. For instance, we can optimise the weight of a structure, which can have a major impact on the size of the rig.

Bespoke solutions

In addition to the three standard models, we also produce bespoke solutions in line with your specific requirements. We are not dependent on a particular make for the base rig, and take your wishes as our starting point. Over the last few years, we have produced many RIC machines and are very experienced in this area. The soil compaction machines we have produced have proven their worth repeatedly.

Production in our workshops

In our fully equipped metal and hydraulic workshops and paint shop, we employ skilled welders, mechanics and paint sprayers who ensure that you get a top-notch end product. The welding, hydraulics and assembly of the soil compaction machines and appliances are all completed here. The soil compaction machines and appliances are then treated in our paint shop to preserve them.

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