Auger Selection Guide: How To Choose the Best Drilling Auger
It’s never easy to refit your team with the industrial equipment they need to bore into the earth. While finding a reliable supplier is a good first step, there are a ton of specific aspects and details that you must consider. Considering the right details will help you complete the jobs you undertake and get a long and effective life span from your equipment. To ensure you get exactly what you need, refer to this auger selection guide on how to choose the best drilling augers.
When shopping for foundation augers, the obvious place to start is by considering your specific needs—the right tool for the job is important, after all. But obviously, you can’t get an individual drilling auger for every single job. So the next best method is to consider finding equipment that is versatile and able to fulfill most of your anticipated jobs. Which auger can provide that for you, however, is very subjective. So by specifying what kind of work you need to complete, you’ll be able to better understand which augers are best for the job.
Some of the considerations you should make include aspects of your drill rig, such as:
- Average Working Height & Weight
- Undercarriage Length & Width
- Transport Width & Height
- Rotary Head/Maximum Torque
- Engine Power
Taking these specifications into consideration, it’s a good idea to find an auger that can perform and handle the specific functions required on the job. You may need more than one auger in your equipment inventory to cover a wide array of applications on a construction site. This will give you a wider range of capabilities and allow your team to be more flexible in the jobs they can tackle. A second drilling auger might be a consideration for the future, but regardless, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact your Jeffrey Machine sales representative. Our team of experts will help you find the right equipment that matches your exact specifications.
Features and Accessories
To further customize and increase the capabilities of your auger, there are features and accessories you can invest in to make your equipment more effective or improve working conditions for your team. For instance, there are a variety of auger designs that excel in different soil conditions. While these various features and accessories aren’t strictly necessary, a better working environment will lessen the chance of human error and improve the quality of your team’s work. Using accessories is also a savvy way to ensure your rig is more flexible in its capabilities, saving you money when you need to handle a wider range of jobs.
When figuring out how to choose the best drilling auger, you should also consider how you’re going to get it to, from, or around a worksite. With all the various details you need to keep track of, it’s easy to overlook this aspect.
A popular choice for our dirt and rock augers is to mount them on heavy utility vehicles, such as trucks, to maneuver heavier tools through the jobsite. You can add additional equipment such as Kelly bar adapters, anchoring tools, and locking dog assemblies to your vehicle to make boring holes with this tool safer and more accessible. Keep this extra equipment in mind if the budget takes absolute precedence in which design you choose.
We’ve touched on versatility quite a bit already, specifically in the features, accessories, and needs you’ll be considering for your auger. But it’s important to stress that there is no one-size-fits-all auger for every single job. The many variables and versatile tools you can discover are numerous, of course, but you don’t want to get caught up looking for a unicorn. Instead, focus on augers that fulfill your more immediate needs, and then compare those augers to figure out which are more versatile. If you can’t find an auger that’s versatile enough, take into consideration what kinds of equipment can be swapped around and customized, such as the auger’s teeth or flighting design.
While a large purchase like a drilling auger may seem intimidating, the cheapest option is not always the most financially savvy. Investing in quality and varied equipment now could save you money in the long run, as your equipment will be better prepared to handle a wider variety of jobs and enjoy a longer life span. Cheaper options are usually limited in terms of their capabilities, and you may end up buying more augers later to fulfill different jobs.
The phrase “you get what you pay for” is very prudent with drill augers. Cheaper tools are by no means low-quality products, but the rigors and stress of boring foundations can quickly wear down and damage less hardy augers. That will come back to bite you in the form of repair and replacement costs.
Lastly, when buying your auger, you want to ensure you’ve got a good team of experts watching your back. The customer service your dealer provides will ensure your auger and its accessories remain at their best and enjoy long life spans. Jeffrey Machine provides you with a team of experts who are experienced in their craft. Whether you need help making a purchase or support maintaining your auger, Jeffrey Machine is just a call away. We also provide additional equipment, accessories, and parts for your auger, all in two convenient locations.
No matter what kind of auger you choose, ongoing support is key. We’ll provide you with regular servicing, repair, and custom manufacturing so that you receive only the best. Contact us today!