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Anyone ever use the borit underground boring tool?

adamfreadamfre Member Posts: 122
I found this the other day . Has anyone used one of these before? Opinions?
Just want to stay warm in the winter. :D


  • STEVEusaPASTEVEusaPA Member Posts: 4,435
    I think if you need it for exactly what they show in the video it will probably be ok, otherwise for deeper holes, bigger holes, I'd stick with old faithful-tow behind air compressor w/boring tool.
  • Mark EathertonMark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,843
    Numerous times. It's a wet and muddy operation, but set up right, works like a champ.

    I've also used it to drill a 20 foot vertical bore hole that I buried a 2" copper tube in a tube heat exchanger for to keep my solar thermal system cool in the summer. I drilled that in some very tough blue shale.I'd like to have gone deeper, but had trouble washing the cuttings back to the surface. I developed a unistrut rig for the VBH operation and powered it with a hole hawg in low speed. I put a handy come along winch on the rig for down pressure. Took me the better part of a day to get the bit to 20 feet, but this stuff is HARD...

    My dad used one of those pneumatic missles once. Blew a hole right in the side of a water main. Good thing it was a demo by the manufacturer eh :wink:

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • SWEISWEI Member Posts: 7,356
    We have one here as well. While I haven't tried a vertical borehole yet, it paid for itself on the first job (installing a new water main under a driveway.)
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Member Posts: 2,586
    That's pretty cool! And inexpensive.
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  • adamfreadamfre Member Posts: 122
    Thanks for all the replies! I may have to buy one.
    Just want to stay warm in the winter. :D
  • rick in Alaskarick in Alaska Member Posts: 1,107
    I used one similar to that a few years ago to bring a line in to a house. I had to go under a concrete patio and then in to the house ,(under a slab), about 25 feet further, to get to the hookup point. It worked great and saved a lot of concrete busting and homeowner stress.
    This tool looks like a lot better setup than I had though, and looks like a real good deal for the price.
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