From Sports To HDD: Cleat Anchoring System

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | March 2014, Vol. 69 No. 3

Engineers advised that applying the same principle of cleats on football shoes to an anchoring device with relative short stakes theoretically would work.

“We developed and tested prototypes of the cleat system using only the cleat structure and the structure with the bull bar,” he continued. “Tests proved the system works in real-world drilling situations.”

For set up, the Cleat and bull bar, if used, is set up with the bar facing the direction of the bore path. The drill rig is driven onto the Cleat, pushing the cleats into the ground and positioning the machine against the bull bar. The short, eight-inch cleats do not go deep enough to penetrate existing utilities, Sharpe added. If circumstances dictate, the rig can be chained to the cleat.

When the job is complete, the machine is driven off the Cleat and the unit is removed for use on the next site.

At the beginning of the patenting process, attorneys told Sharpe the idea was so simple it was likely there already would be a patent. However, Sharpe said, a search confirmed there was no other patent and Sharewell proceeded to refine the product and bring it to the marketplace.

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