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Piercing Tools

With its range of piercing tools, Vermeer offers a powerful, yet economically viable and compact solution for tight spaces.

These pneumatic-powered tools are ideal for last mile operations and can be used in many ways. Because of its capacity to create compact holes, piercing tools allow to install all kinds of underground utilities, like water, gas, cable/fiber, irrigation, and electrical lines with minimal disruption. Apart from standard boring, Piercing Tools can also be used to pull in product (pipe, cable or conduit) while boring.

Watch the video to get a better understanding of the Piercing Tool

Advantages & Benefits Piercing Tools

Sustainable and efficient construction
Carry out trenchless installation projects in confined suburban areas with minimal surface disruptions while maintaining speed and productivity. In other words, get the most out of the tool while keeping operational costs low.

Easy tool maintenance
Enjoy easy access and maintenance with the Tailbolt system.

Long-lasting performance
Wear rings on pistons, valves and a replaceable head design protect and extend the tool life and increases its performance. Making the tool an economic viable and cost-effective choice!

Operator-friendly features
The oiler assemblies for the Piercing Tool includes features like, a Quick Reverse Swivel kit which enables air-on reversing. It also includes a sight glass that shows the oil levels and a pressure relief cap.

Improved precision &productivity
The high-grade alloy steel enables the tool to be precise. On top of that, due to the moving head option, the tool can provide maximum efficiency and performance.

Process Steps Piercing Tools

1. Preparing the Bore
At first determine the pit location, locate the existing utility lines in the bore path and double check marked utilities. Once this is done, both the entry and exit pits are dug out (by hand) and the air hoses from the compressor to the easements are strung up in order to power the Piercing tool.


2. Shooting the Bore
When the air supply is connected, the tool will be shot from one pit to the next, boring a parallel path to the ground from the entry to the exit pit. 


3. Reversing the Tool
Depending on the soil conditions the product is either attached to the rear of the tool and pulled through or it is pushed into the hole.




Total System Set-up Piercing Tool

Horizontal Directional Drilling

To successfully complete a project with use of a Piercing Tool, at least the following components are required:

1. Piercing tool
The Piercing tool’s compact and practical design makes this solution ideal for shorter cable and utility installations. The tool’s moving head enables accurate drilling in compact soil conditions. On top of that the ribbed body allows more friction between the body and the surrounding soil and improves both the productivity and wear.


2. 7.5 bar Air compresser
The air compressor is connected to the oiler supply hose in order to power the Piercing tool.


3. Hose
The hose is connected to the compressor the oiler and the piercing tool and can be ready for use within minutes, which saves time as there is no need to disassemble the tool.



4. Fittings
Use the right fittings to ensure that all hose locking collars are secured and avoid accidental uncoupling.



5. Oiler
The oiler enables constant lubrification of your tool, which is essential for the performance and durability of you tool. It is connected to the compressor and the piercing tool and consists of an air valve and oil flow adjustment screw, which enable to control the air flow and the amount of oil supplied to the tool. 


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