HammerHead Unveils World’s Largest Pipe Ramming Hammer

Everything is bigger in Texas and HammerHead Trenchless Equipment fit right in with the unveiling of the world’s largest pneumatic pipe ramming hammer at the 2013 UCT Expo in Houston on Jan. 29.

The 34-in, hammer can install casing 48 to 180 in. in diameter in drainage culvert and washover applications and can be used for pipe assist or pipe extraction, guided pilot bore ramming, and horizontal directional drilling assist.

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The hammer was recently field-proven in an Ontario, Canada, washover casing job. The hammer successfully installed 185 ft of 72-in. diameter steel casing.

HammerHead CEO and president Brian Metcalf introduced the hammer to the media, saying: “We are excited to offer this extraordinary new product to our customers. Our new solid body 34-in. hammer enables HammerHead to provide solutions to the most challenging of projects on contractor’s job sites worldwide. The amount of power generated through our unique design and patented air reverse that allows for forward and reverse from the control station will provide contractors with productivity never before available for installation of large diameter pipe.

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“The release of the world’s largest pneumatic hammer cements our position as the leading manufacturer of pipe ramming and pipe bursting products available in the trenchless market today for the installation of underground utilities.”

The 34-in. hammer was recently field-proven in an Ontario, Canada, washover casing job.The 34-in. rammer has already been released for production, and 48-in. collets are already available. Ram adapter cones are currently in development for other sizes ranging from 48 through 180 in.

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Although the hammer is designed specifically for pipe ramming projects, with custom-built tooling the hammer can also be used for pipe bursting to replace 36-in. pipe and larger. HammerHead will provide custom-built accessories upon request.

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