Barbco's FlexBor

Barbco FlexBor, TriBor Demonstration Day a Success

Barbco Inc., a manufacturer of equipment for underground utility installations, invited customers to its East Canton, Ohio, facility on Nov. 11 for an equipment demonstration. The demonstrations featured the FlexBor drilling system using a TriBor rig, and Barbco’s Remote Cradle Boring Machine.


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The TriBor rig can operate as a conventional auger boring machine, horizontal directional drill or pilot tube/guided boring rig. The FlexBor system, which was unveiled earlier this year, features an encased bore that virtually eliminates the threat of frac out and can be used in combination with horizontal directional drilling (HDD) or auger boring methods.

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Barbco Generations

–Barbco Inc. founder Jim Barbera (second from right) with sons (from left) Tony, Jim and Dave.

The FlexBor system uses air flow to remove spoil, eliminating the need for slurry and reducing disposal costs. The pit launched system can reduce the entry angle associated with longer HDD crossings, thereby reducing the length of the bore, as well as time and cost.

Cradle boring machines have been a useful tool in contractors’ toolboxes for quite some time. They offer the ability to complete shorter bores vs. HDD, and they do not require pit set up compared to conventional auger boring. The drawback with cradle boring has always been the concern of having manned operation on a machine while it is suspended above the ground. With the Remote Cradle Boring Machines from Barbco, operation is done remotely with an operator standing on the ground out of harm’s way.

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In addition to the equipment demonstrations, additional information was given with presentations by Tony Barbera, Barbco’s vice president of product development, and Derek Engle, the FlexBor product developer.

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Guests were treated to a barbecue lunch inside the heated tent set up for the occasion on the Barbco facility. Barbco were pleased with the strong turnout. The event was held in conjunction with sponsors Trenchless Rental Solutions and U.S. Shoring & Equipment Co.

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