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Auger Boring: Equipment Spotlight
Auger boring equipment from McLaughlin Group, American Augers, ICON Tunnel Systems/Bohrtec, Akkerman, Bor-It Mfg., The Robbins Company and Barbco.
The McLaughlin ON Target auger boring system steering head allows contractors to not only control horizontal directional changes, but also allows for lateral changes. The ON Target system allows contractor to also control the direction of the bore in a lateral (left to right) movement, providing more accuracy for difficult on-grade bores. The cutting path — grade and lateral movement — of the steering head is controlled by hydraulic actuated panels that open and close to keep the head on the intended path. A control station features a hydraulic power pack to control the movement of the steering head, and a built-in water level helps monitor grade throughout the bore. Two halogen lights in the control station indicate lateral (left and right) steering head movements. It is capable of installing steel casings between 12 and 70 inches. 800.435.9340, mightymole.com
The 72-1200 NG horizontal auger boring machine offers a patented rack-and-pinion drive for rapidly pulling the boring machine back to the starting position on the track, without dogging or winching. The standard 72-1200 NG is equipped with a Caterpillar C7 ACERT, Tier III 250-hp diesel engine and has a maximum thrust rating of 1,200,000 pounds. The total working range of the machine is 24 to 84 inch product casing diameters, and has 200,641 foot-pounds of maximum torque. The 72-1200 NG also features a Quik Split frame design that allows the machine to be separated into sections to accommodate lighter and fasters lifts into and out of the bore pit, and aids the operator in being able to facilitate better and safer machine positioning. The machines Quik Tran technology system provides up to 10,000 pounds of push/pull at high speed. 800.324.4930, americanaugers.com
ICON Tunnel Systems/Bohrtec
ICON Tunnel Systems offers the BM600LS Pilot Tube Auger boring Machine from Bohrtec that can handle jacking pipe with maximum outside diameter of 48 inches. This machine boats 262 tons of jacking force, 112 tons of pull back force and 22,186 foot-pounds of torque making it the most powerful Pilot Tube Machine in the United States and Canada. These products are serviced and handled by ICON Tunnel Systems. 800.836.5011, icontunnelsystems.com