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Help me take it to the next level.

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by keif, Jan 4, 2022.

  1. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton Senior Member

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    Way late, but I would seriously consider one of these for crossing driveways. I haven't used one, but their pipe burster works awesome.
     
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  2. keif

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    That is cool but slow especially considering the two pits dug. Doing the cable drops is all about speed(and not messing things up) if you're going to make any money.

    I ending up buying a ditchwitch vibratory plow and with the roto bore attachment and rods/etc. 95% of the time boring goes as planned, everyonce and a while it ends up going deeper than I want on the exit but that happens less and less the more I do it. The most I've done is 4 driveway bores in one day.

    Having the plow and cable contract is working out nicely. I make decent money and it gets me out talking to people and giving out cards for the excavator work that pays great. So for I've gotten a few goods jobs from it and the money from drops is steady and reliable.
     
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    Man, it's amazing what humans come up with.
     
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    I'd really like to see a video of that entire process. I scanned all over youtube and can find partial vids of boring under a driveway, but nothing on how you get the wire drop pulled through to finish the process.
     
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    With my set up you have bore rods with a drill head. After you bore under the driveway into the hole on the other side you take off the drill head and put on an eyelet that a Chinese finger attaches to with a shackle. Then you back the machine up pulling the conduit under the driveway.
     
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    That little boring machine is more set up for plumbing and gas lines that need a larger bore.

    I wouldn't mind having one for the occasional shot underneath a road or driveway.
     
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    colson- I thought at about 7:20 of the video above that was what was happening?
     
  8. colson04

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    I didn't watch that video. I went to youtube to see how the machine @keif is using does the job. I have seen large directional boring rigs operate and drill under roads, buildings etc. I didn't realize until now that he's doing the same process, just with smaller equipment. We hired a HDD crew to bore a new water line under our barn a few years back. They did a 300 ft bore, and pulled back a 2" water line in a couple hours. Then the plumbers broke out concrete as needed to connect new supply lines to the drinkers. The old 1" galvanized line was failing and chock full of lime deposit and couldn't keep up with the cows on real hot days.
     
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    Here's a video of a roto witch doing a cable drop. I'm kinda shocked @keif was able to get ahold of one. My local Ditch Witch dealer has had nothing on the lot for months.
     
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    I really got lucky someone had it ordered a long time ago then backed out and I pounced on it!

    I just got great news today, RDOF is starting back up and I'm going to be trenching main line for fiber on that. Probably for the rest if the year!! Great $$, the drops have been good but my little vp30 is going to be getting a break for a while.
     
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    Thank you for sharing that. I missed that video when I was searching youtube.

    I'm amazed that I've been around residential construction most of my life, amd yet, I'm just now learning about this.
     
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    Deeper!!

    Got a handy tool that makes the job, seemingly, pretty easy. Go deeper!

    I'm being a turd that is just frustrated with digging in my own yard.
     
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    should of turned left at Albuquerque
     
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