Equipment Spotlight: Auger Boring

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

American Augers

American Augers introduced the new Roller Cone Head for Auger Boring at ConExpo 2014. This useful accessory is outstanding in hard rock formations. Made especially for ground conditions 8,000 psi – 50,000 psi, the roller cone head is available in 3-inch or 4-inch hex with or without pilot. 419.869.7107,

The Robbins Company

Robbins Small Boring Units (SBU-As) are small diameter ABM attachments that have been utilized on hundreds of projects spanning North America due to their effectiveness in boring hard rock and mixed ground. On a recent sewer project in Virginia, an SBU-A excavated a 210-foot crossing in highly abrasive bluestone up to 28,000 psi, reaching advance rates of 7 feet per day. Visit and type in “Robbins SBU-A” to watch an exclusive video of this technology in action. 440.248.3303,


The McLaughlin McL-54/60 is a turbo charged diesel auger boring machine for 16- to 60-inch casing installations. With nearly 1,000,000 pounds of thrust, this machine is capable of doing your longer bores in tough conditions. Fast Feed allows hydraulic fluid to be diverted to one cylinder allowing for faster dog plate repositioning and machine retraction. Patented Operator Presence Control (OPC) clutch and the low machine profile greatly reduce the risk of rollover, which is critical for high-torque auger machines. The operator control station is located on the right side of the machine for reduced rollover risk and to keep the operator out of spoil piles. Three hydraulic rams with auto thrust control and infinitely adjustable speed provide 950,000 pounds of thrust. 800.435.9340,


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.

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,


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,

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