September 2014, Vol. 69, No. 9

Equipment Spotlight

Equipment Spotlight: Piercing Tools

Piercing tools by McLaughlin/Vermeer, HammerHead Trenchless Equipment, TT Technologies, Footage Tools and Hudco Mfg.

McLaughlin offers two options in its Vermeer Hole Hammer piercing tool line – a positive-turn reverse design and air-on quarter-turn reverse. Both lines of piercing tools offer contractors a durable, flexible design to handle a variety of utility projects. The popular positive-turn reverse design has minimal moving parts and is available in 2-, 2.5-, 3- and 4-inch sizes. A replaceable head is constructed of heat-treated steel alloy. The tailbolt system allows for 35 foot/pounds of torque. The new air-on quarter-turn reverse design is available in 2-, 2.5- and 3-inch tools. A moving-head design provides full striking force of the piston to the head of the tool pulverizing stones into the surrounding soil. 864.277.5870,

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment
The revolutionary Catamount line of piercing tools from HammerHead offers the industry a reciprocating head tool that is easy to start, regardless of air pressure level, and is the first pneumatic piercing tool head effective in both hard and soft soil conditions. The new Catamount tool line is currently available in 2.5-, 3-, 3.5-, 4-, 4.38- and 5.125-inch diameter tools. 800.331.6653,

TT Technologies
Grundomat is constructed from durable hardened alloy steel and reliable machined components for maximum power and precision. Grundomat tools are also equipped with an advanced reversing system, as well as, an in-line lubrication system. Basic and deluxe packages are available with the Grundomat. Especially suitable for economical last mile installation, the Grundomat’s reciprocating stepped-cone chisel-head ensures high impact accuracy. The chisel-head action of the Grundomat tool is unique because it hammers away at solid obstacles. This two-stroke action means that the piston’s impact is concentrated on the reciprocating tool head for optimum boring performance. The Grundomat is available in 16 models ranging from 1 ¾ to 7 inches in diameter, for horizontal boring distances from 50 feet to 150 feet. 800.533.2078,

Footage Tools
All Footage 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 durability. The pistons are designed to withstand high impact conditions and treated with an anti-corrosive phosphate coating. Other features include an easily replaceable cartridge style shock absorber and a flexible air tube assembly to minimize internal deflection. Big Shots are available in 2-, 2.5-, 3- and 4-inch diameters along with a full complement of accessories. Now available with an industry leading three year warranty. 888.737.3668,

Hudco Mfg.
Hudco Piercing Tools travel under streets and roads while traffic flows uninterrupted. They have exceptional power to penetrate tough soils and move quickly. Contractors, who install cable, pipe and wire underground, use Hudco tools because of their performance, reliability and low cost. With over 30 years of experience, Hudco technology is responsible for producing the highest quality tools, parts and accessories. Hudco also has the unique capability to provide parts and repair service for many of the leading brands of piercing tools. With a large inventory of replacement parts and accessories, Hudco is known for fast, dependable service. Our most common sizes are 2-, 3-, and 4-inch tools. 888.815.6559,

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