Auger Boring: Equipment Spotlight

Auger boring equipment from The Robbins Company, McLaughlin Group, ICON Tunnel Systems, American Augers, Akkerman, Bor-It Mfg. and Barbco.

The Robbins Company
Robbins now offers the Motorized Small Boring Unit (SBU-M) in casing diameters down to 30 inches. These innovative smaller SBU-Ms are remotely controlled and capable of boring through hard rock and mixed ground on crossings up to 500 feet. Equipped with laser-guided steering and vacuum spoil removal, they’re the most cost-effective solution for line-and-grade critical utility tunnels. The smaller SBU-M joins Robbins’ internationally-recognized product line of SBU-As, SBU-Ms, Rockheads, and ABMs. 440.248.3303,

McLaughlin Group

The McLaughlin 54/50 auger delivers 950,000 pounds of forward thrust and 170,000 foot-pounds of peak torque in all soil types. The auger is ideally suited for cased auger boring projects ranging from 16 to 60 inches. The unit features three hydraulic rams that provide infinitely variable speed and a split design of the hydraulics and powertrain provides for easier and faster positioning. A patented Operator Presence Control hydraulic clutch reduces spin back. 800.435.9340,

ICON Tunnel Systems
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,

American Augers

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. A Quik Split frame design 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,

One of the most common applications for the Akkerman single stage GBM 240A jacking frame is its use in conjunction with a standard auger boring rig. Combined, the GBM offers auger boring rig contractors the ability to provide reduced casing diameters and longer drives with extreme accuracy that are unobtainable with an independent auger boring rig. 800.533.0386,

Bor-It Mfg.

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. 800.289.6639,


Barbco’s 24-100 auger boring machine is powered by a 19-hp Lombardini diesel engine. This machine can produce an actual 113,097 pounds of thrust. It is equipped with a three-speed transmission and a 44:1 gearbox and produces 7,356 foot-pounds of torque in first gear at 22 rpm. The front drive is equipped with a 2 ¼-inch hex drive. 800.448.8934,

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