Equipment Spotlight: Piercing Tools

October 2010 Vol. 65 No. 10
HammerHead Mole strikers from Ditch Witch.

Piercing tools from Ditch Witch, Footage Tools, TT Technologies, Allied Construction Products and Hudco Mfg.

Ditch Witch
HammerHead Mole strikers are milled from a solid piece of steel resulting in increased impact force and greater overall durability. A solid, one-piece striker features wear rings that eliminate metal-to-metal contact, decrease wear and help sustain a high level of performance. With a clamped rear anvil that provides 200 percent clamp load, the tool can run at an industry-best 110 psi for greater boring power. The Power Port quarter-turn reverse system fully locks into gear during operation to prevent accidental direction change during the bore. HammerHead Mole's valve is designed to be flexible to prevent tool binding during operation. Replaceable Head piercing tools are designed for a wide range of soils and bore sizes, with models from 2- to 8-inches in diameter. 800.654.6481, www.ditchwitch.com

Footage Tools
All Big Shots (pneumatic piercing tools) are CNC machined to exact dimensional tolerances from a solid billet of nickel chromoly steel and fully heat treated for superior strength and wearability. The pistons are designed to withstand high impact conditions, are wear resistant and treated with an anti-corrosive phosphate coating. Big Shots are available in 2-, 2.5-, 3- and 4-inch diameters. Other features include an easily replaceable cartridge style shock absorber and a flexible air tube assembly to minimize internal deflection. 888.737.3668, www.footagetools.com

TT Technologies
The environmentally friendly Grundomat uses less air than other pneumatic piercing tools to provide a powerful, accurate bore. High air efficiency means smaller, more fuel-efficient air compressors can be used to power the tool. In addition, the tool has minimal impact on the environment as it utilizes natural biodegradable lubricants. The Grundomat is ideal for electrical contractors and FTTH installations. Seventeen models, from 1 3/4 inches to 7 inches in diameter, are available for horizontal boring distances from 50 feet to 150 feet. 800.533.2078, www.tttechnologies.com