... Short Crossings: Auger Boring Machines Step in When Open-cut Won’t Do

Short Crossings: Auger Boring Machines Step in When Open-cut Won’t Do

When pipeline routes cross roads, creeks or rivers, open-cut techniques typically cannot be used. In these encounters, contractors often turn to dry techniques using a tracked auger boring machine (ABM) or a cradle boring machine (CBM), or with wet techniques using a slurry mix and horizontal directional drilling (HDD) equipment. While HDD is the preferred choice for accuracy beyond 400 ft, boring machines are well-suited for shorter crossings.


58256 266th St. • Brownsdale, MN 55918 • (800) 533-0386 • sales@akkerman.comakkerman.com

akkermanAbout the Company: Established in 1973, Akkerman develops, manufactures and supports powerful and versatile guided boring, microtunneling, pipe jacking, and tunneling systems that accurately install 4-in. through 14-ft pipe diameters in a broad range of ground conditions.

Of particular interest to this market is the Guided Auger Boring Method to accurately install steel casing pipelines by using a guided boring machine (GBM) system in conjunction with an auger boring machine in order to ensure bore accuracy, maximize drive lengths, expedite installation, reduce casing diameters, avert downtime and obtain project savings.

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We champion our equipment with a team of experienced field technicians and an extensive parts department who are dedicated to superior reliability and responsive service.

Contact us to learn more about our equipment solutions for your next project.

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American Augers

135 U.S. Route 42, P.O. Box 814 • West Salem, OH 44287 • (419) 869-7107 • info@americanaugers.comamericanaugers.com

american augersAbout the Company: Since 1970, American Augers has been the industry leader in auger boring technology and a continual pioneer in design and manufacturing. The one simple goal has been to make sure that customers are given a machine that has an enormous range of thrust,
torque, and horsepower to meet the challenges of any working environment.

Developed and hand-crafted in the United States, with the rugged user in mind, American Augers rigs are built to last and backed with 24-hour worldwide support.

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Barbco Inc.

315 Pekin Rd. S.E. • East Canton, OH 44730 • 1 (800) 448-8934 • sales@barbco.combarbco.com

barbcoAbout the Company: Barbco Inc manufactures quality underground construction equipment. Founder Jim Barbera started Barbco in 1989, but only manufactured auger and auger boring machines. Successful years in the industry led to Barbco manufacturing horizontal directional drills in the mid 90’s. Later came Barbco’s innovative remote cradle boring machines. Although all machines aren’t listed below, Barbco is more than willing to work with all clients requiring custom equipment. In 2017, Barbco supplies the industry with auger boring, guided boring and horizontal directional drilling machines. But, with one investment you can have them all. Barbco’s new Tribor machine is capable of handling any guided boring, auger boring and horizontal directional drilling task. Save time and money today with Barbco’s Tribor, The Trifecta of Trenchless Technology.

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Bor-It Mfg. Co. Inc.

P.O. Box 789, 1687 Cleveland Ave. • Ashland, OH 44805 • (800) 289-6639 • sales@bor-it.com bor-it.com

Bor-ItAbout the Company: Since 1987, Bor-It Mfg. Co. Inc. has been a leading supplier of horizontal earthboring equipment. Bor-It specializes only in auger boring equipment and not the entire underground industry, we focus on what works best for you and your horizontal boring needs. Our mission is to not only provide you with the best equipment on the market but to also provide you with the technical support you might need to help you complete the job. With more than 29 years in business we are proud of the fact that many of our customers are still using their original machines.

Bor-It Mfg. Co. Inc. manufactures a full line of horizontal auger boring machines ranging from a hydraulic model 12 machine to a diesel model 72 machine. Bor-It also manufactures auger and cutting heads from 4- to 72-in. in diameter.

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1613 132nd Avenue East, Suite 200 • Summer, WA 98390 • utility@herrenknecht.deherrenknecht.com

herrenknechtAbout the Company: With almost 40 years of experience, Herrenknecht is a technology and market leader in the area of mechanized tunnelling systems.

Where HDD is not applicable due to soil and risk conditions, Direct Pipe opens up a new application potential combining the advantages of microtunneling and Pipe Thruster Technology. It uses an AVN slurry micromachine for excavation and a Pipe Thruster installed in the launch shaft to push the TBM with the prefabricated pipeline into the ground in one single step.

In North America Direct Pipe has been used in more than 30 pipeline crossings since 2010 and is nowadays a recognized technology for challenging pipeline projects.

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2006 Perimeter Rd. • Greenville, SC 29605 • (800) 435-9340 • mmole@mclaughlinunderground.com

mclaughlinAbout the Company: For over 95 years, McLaughlin has been a leader in the underground construction industry. McLaughlin has developed a reputation for designing and building dependable, low maintenance trenchless solutions for the power, gas, telecom, water, sewer and oil markets. McLaughlin offers a full line of utility locators and vacuum excavators for safely finding and exposing existing infrastructure, as well as a number of other trenchless installation products. McLaughlin manufactures Hole Hammer pneumatic piercing tools, Mighty Moles and pit launch directional drills for trenchless installation of conduit, cable and HDPE pipes. In addition, McLaughlin has a full line up of auger boring machines and 360-degree On-Target steering systems for installation of steel casing.

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Michael Byrne Mfg.

1855 Earth Boring Rd. • Mansfield, OH 44903 • (800) 613-7206 • jweist@byrnegroup.combyrnegroup.com

michael byrneAbout the Company: Founded in 1966, Michael Byrne Mfg. (MBM) is a premiere and CE approved manufacturer of horizontal earth boring machines, horizontal directional drilling equipment, auger, cutting heads and other accessories for the utility contractor and the trenchless technology market. MBM has long been known in the industry as the extreme duty machine a highly sought out attribute for the international market. MBM manufactures its own gearbox specifically designed for the severe duty of the underground construction contractor. MBM machines use extra heavy gussets, push plates, master rings, as well as other components on the machine to enable the contractor to push the machine in tough situations that other machines often fail. The augers, cutting heads, and other accessories are also designed with extra gussets, thicker steel, and reinforced connections; this does not go unnoticed by the underground professional. Guided boring swivel cutting heads have been a highly effective tool when the job requires precision bores in tough conditions be it hard rock or sticky clay. MBM will also listen to customers’ requests for additions or variations to machines to meet their individual needs.

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The Robbins Co.

29100 Hall St. • Solon, OH 44139 • (440) 248-3303 • sales@robbinstbm.comtherobbinscompany.com

The Robbins Co.About the Company: With more than 60 years of innovation and experience, The Robbins Company is the world’s foremost developer and manufacturer of advanced, underground construction machinery.
The Remote Controlled Small Boring Unit (SBU-RC), Robbins’ latest innovation, is a game-changer for the trenchless industry. The SBU-RC is setting new standards with its ability to excavate small diameter hard rock tunnels at long distances on line and grade. The SBU-RC is available in a 36-in. diameter, but can be customized to as small as a 30-in. diameter. Equipped with a smart guidance system and pinpoint steering controlled from a station at the surface, the SBU-RC is an ideal option for difficult crossings. Muck removal is accomplished through a cost-effective vacuum system.

*Machine splits for lighter lifts (master track not included).

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