Updated on February 29, 2024


Created on August 27, 2015

Hydraform M9

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Hydraform is an interlocking block making machine.

Developed By
  1. Hydraform
Tested By
  • Council for Scientific and Indisutrial Research (CSIR)
  • Hydraform
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
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Product Description

Hydraform M9 Interlocking Block Making Machine produces up to 500 blocks per 8-hour shift.

Target SDGs

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies, NGOs

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Hydraform and nonprofits in social sector applications.

Competitive Landscape

Manufacturing/Building Method

Pricing, exporting and terms of training and guarantees are outline here. For a quote, email: sales@hydraform.com

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Hydraform must be contacted for an individual quote. Email: sales@hydraform.com Phone: +27 11 913 1449 (South Africa)   Distributors are also located in Angola, DRC, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Tunisia, with it's East African office located in Uganda.

Distributions to Date Status

Over 4000

System Dimensions


Portability (yes/no)


Raw materials used

Earth, sand, clay, and cement

Recommended water content (ratio)


Induced pressure (Mpa)


Power source

220 V electric motor

Finished unit dimensions

22 x 11.5 x 23 cm3

Rate of production (units/hour)

63 units/hour

Curation duration (days)


Suitable climate

Not suitable for cold climates unless necessary vapour barriers and insulation can be added. On their own ISSBs and CEBs do not hold up well to freeze/thaw cycles and have a low thermal insulation capacity.

Design Specifications

The M7 E380 is stationary and ideal for small size projects especially where 3-phase power is easily available. It is capable of producing around 1500 blocks per day (equivalent 40-50m² of wall). Mixing can be done by hand especially if labour cost is low and community involvement is key to the project. Design specifications follow: Finished brick size (LxWxH) (cm): 22 x 22 x 14 380V, 7.5 kW electric motor Requires 7 to 9 staff for operating efficiency Dimensions (LxWxH) (cm): 170 x 160 x 160 Weight (kg): 800

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Hydraform provides full training for all of its machines, either through in-country training or at Hydraform's academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. During the courses all elements of production, maintenance and construction techniques are covered. Please contact the training department for further assistance and information, training@hydraform.com

Replacement Components

Hydraform offers a one year spares pack which includes 3x wear plates.


6 month manufacturer warranty. Wearplates require replacement after 30,000 to 60,000 blocks.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The M7 E380 is capable of producing around 1,500 blocks per 8 hour shift which is equivalent 40-50 m² of wall per day.

Vetted Performance Status

Full list of technical information and product evaluation available.



Complementary Technical Systems

Recommend to be used with a 100 liter electric pan, Pan mixer, block cutter, block tester, 140 mm mold, 220 mm conduit mold, 220 mm capping mold and 3-phase power.

Academic Research and References

Patel, D.N., Pitroda, J.R., 2014, Techno economical development of low-cost interlocking paverblock by partially replacement of Portland pozzolana cement with used foundry sand waste, Journal of International Academic Research for Multidisciplinary. Volume 2, Issue 4, 607-615.

Ipinge, I., 2012, Durability of compressed stabilised earth blocks, Johannesburg, SA: University of Witwatersrand.

“Research work Report”, Wits University, accessed on February 29, 2024, https://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/server/api/core/bitstreams/d0bfe773-075a-4597-a654-4d0553905767/content


“Interlocking Soil Cement Blockmaking Machines”, Hydraform, accessed on February 29, 2024, https://www.hydraform.com/products/interlocking-soil-cement-blockmaking-machines/

Compliance with regulations


Other Information

Hydraform warns that there are multiple lower quality Hydraform products being produced by various Chinese manufacturers.

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