Renting an Earthquake Auger

Earthquake Augers are tools designed to remove the main stem of a large (or many large) earthquake that has already occurred. Earthquake Augers have a rotating screw that allows it to move along the earth and dig into the ground at will. As the screw turns, the auger "picks up" the earth. After it pushes the earth out, the auger is released and the soil is leveled out.

The gas powered "A" frame structure has a flexible metal core and a steel handlebar and is typically made from cast iron. It can be driven by electricity or hydraulic. Many farmers use these devices to help them move heavy clay soils and rocks in and around their agricultural fields. When the Earth gets tight due to an earthquake or other natural disaster, these tools are often the only thing standing in the way between the farmer and the products of his hard work.

The process begins with an experienced operator lowering a hand-operated, self-contained, gas-powered, steel auger into the hole, about six feet underground, he is about one foot above the earth. The operative then activates the trigger, which pushes the auger forward so it digs into the earth and removes the main stem of the buried earthquake auger. This can be a little dangerous if not done correctly or if the soil in the hole is difficult to work with. Some farmers have even had their entire gardens uprooted due to this powerful force.

To operate, the farmer should position himself behind the rock formation he plans to move, he must be in a place where the "earthquake auger" can reach its full potential. He should also be about twelve to fourteen feet away from the main stem of the auger when the trigger is released so the auger can dig the earth away from the roots. Then he must have about ten to twelve feet of rope tied into knots around his body to secure him. The next step is to set the lever to "low", pull the trigger and watch as the auger starts digging. It will go deep enough to break up the main stem of the buried fishtail point of the main stem line. It will also go far enough to cause the soil in the hole to be dislodged. After the soil is dislodged the next step is to tie into a knot, lower the lever to "low" and use the second handle of the fishtail point as leverage to pull up the rope. At this point it is advisable to use both hands to assist with the task.

The last step is to guide the line to the valve at the top of the auger, which is located on the bottom side of the fishtail point, and to manually lower the carburetor into the valve proper for the amount of gas needed to drive the hydraulic pump through the auger. It is important to keep the auger straight when driving the carburetor into the valve for maximum efficiency and to keep the line from breaking at the stem. If either of these tips is neglected during the assembly process the gas will leak into the air and cause a very serious accident. This is why this assembly process should be performed by an experienced person or business, to ensure that the line is driven into the valve properly and the carburetor to function correctly.

In conclusion, you can rent an Earthquake Auger for $500 and get to work excavating damaged areas right away. Or you can invest in one and learn how to operate the various pieces together as well. Do not attempt to operate this type of machinery unless you have sufficient experience using it. This article only scratches the surface of the topic, but hopefully this has given you some basic information on renting an Earthquake Auger and what you can expect from this type of machine.
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