Equipment Spotlight: Auger Boring

May 2014, Vol. 69 No. 5
American Augers' Roller Cone Head

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The Akkerman Guided Boring Machine (GBM) system offers customers extended and accurate drive lengths in various ground conditions for 4- to 48-inch OD pipe installations. The GBM provides the spoil removal process of the auger boring machine and the same level of accuracy as traditional microtunneling—all in one compact, multifaceted system. The pipe installation involves a multi-step process where launch and reception shafts are strategically located to minimize surface disruption. Several robust jacking frame configurations are available to meet contractor’s needs. The digital guidance system provides line and grade accuracy up to 487 feet and more. An extensive line-up of Akkerman GBM ancillary equipment provides contractors with the versatility they need for a wide range of soil conditions, pipe diameters and project applications. 800.533.0386,

Bor-It Mfg.
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The Model 42 Thruster Buster horizontal earth boring machine with 97-hp Deutz diesel is packaged to provide extra power for the extra-rugged boring applications 12 to 42 inches in diameter. The Model 42 includes automatic push bar and winch with optional equipment such as extra track, heads, augers, all size hexes and casing attachments. Bor-It manufactures 10 models of machines from 12 through 72 inches. 800.289.6639,

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Barbco’s 24/30-150 Auger Boring Machine is powered by a 49-hp Deutz diesel engine. This machine can produce an actual 176,715 pounds of thrust. It is equipped with a 4-speed transmission and a 45:1 gearbox. The 24/30-150 produces 28,724 foot-pounds of torque in first gear at 6 rpm. The front drive is equipped with a 3-inch hex drive. 800.448.8934,