The VDH XLR machine is a custom-made piling/drilling rig (often with a crane as base machine), especially designed for larger projects. Examples include civil engineering structures (bridges and viaducts) and other large infrastructure works. The XLR machine’s long fixed leader, heavy-duty hanging point and high stability make it stronger and more multifunctional and therefore suitable for heavy foundation work. The special pipe leader or closed lattice leader makes the machine suitable for drilling. The machine itself has a high tractive force and more capacity than a PD/PDX machine, enabling it to effortlessly pull pipes out of the ground.


VDH uses a standard premium-brand crane as basic machine and converts it in the VDH workshop. The machine gets a fixed leader without boom, which means it can no longer be used for lifting work but is suitable for driving precast piles, vibro piles and MW piles, as well as all the vibration-free drilled pile systems. The VDH XLR machine is extremely stable, both when driving vertically and inclined. Large inclinations can also be achieved, even laterally. Forwards and backwards, the maximum inclinations are 3:1. With some modifications, the machine can operate backwards-leaning in the 1:1 position.

Benefits of the VDH XLR machine:

• Strong, large capacity, stable and multifunctional
• Suitable for larger and heavier foundation works
• Fixed long leader without boom
• Can be made suitable for drilling work
• Configurable as 130 and 180 tonne machine
• Standard maximum inclination 3:1
• Special version achieves backwards-leaning 1:1 position
• EN 16228 certified


Service & overhaul

Our service department repairs, maintains and overhauls piling rigs. All our employees are experienced, highly trained and possess a great deal of knowledge. Regardless of which type of rig or make, we make sure that you have full confidence in your equipment.


Van den Heuvel has a team of mechanics with fully equipped service vans waiting for you. Our service department is experienced, well-trained, and operational throughout Europe to quickly resolve the failure of your foundation machine.

In our warehouse we have a large stock of parts. If a part is not in stock, we can order it for you and deliver it quickly.

Bespoke service

We carry out complete overhauls, giving your piling rig a whole new lease of life in an as-new condition. But you might also opt for partial modifications. This might include cabins and undercarriages. Our service engineers will serve you either at our workshop in Werkendam or on-site.

Repairs and malfunctions

You must be able to rely on your piling rig at all times. If the technology lets you down, you can depend on our engineers to help, either in our workshops or on-site. If you’ve suffered a malfunction, then call us on +31 (0)183 502 655 (also available outside office hours).

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