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American Augers Unveils HDD
Exit-Side Breakout Wrench
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L O O K
By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor
American Augers will soon introduce the RR205 Rod wRangler, an
exit-side breakout wrench for use
with all horizontal direction drill
(HDD) models of 100,000 pounds
of pullback force that use drill pipe
in diameters from 5 1/2 to 7 5/8
"Field tests are going well, and
we expect to be shipping the Rod
wRangler in the third quarter of
2017," said Richard Levings, American Augers director of product
Levings noted that with large
HDD equipment, most exit-side
pipe joints are made up or broken
out with pipe chain tongs leveraged by an excavator.
"This is very time consuming
and labor intensive," he said. "One
of the most obvious benefits of
our new exit-side wrench is time
savings for making exit-side connections."
There are numerous other benefits, he added:
* The tool's breakout torque capacity will reduce time and labor
to breakout stuck joints on the
largest HDD machines.
* It enables application of proper
torque of the tool joints, which
improves integrity of the drill
* It has the capability to handle a
single pipe or a string of multiple pipes.
* A single pipe can be picked from
a stack or placed in a stack of
pipe, saving time and costs.
* The tool can spin tool joints together or take them apart when
making or breaking joints.
* Rod wRangler can work at varying angles to ensure proper pipe
Levings said that because maximum operational torque often
occurs during the normal boring
process, it can be necessary to double makeup and breakout torques
requiring the significant strength
of the Rod wRangler's wrench.
Other important features
* One-person operation reduces
the number of employees required to operate on the exit
side of the job site.
* Pipe spinner with spring loaded
float allows the operator to spin
the pipe joints together or apart
so the vises can finish the makeup or breakout.
* Pitch capability of plus or minus
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