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Little Beaver Mechanical Earth Drill

Mechanical Earth Drills from Little Beaver are Designed for Easy Access

Nov. 15, 2022
Featuring a 360-rpm operating speed, the compact design allows access to areas unreachable by skid steer-mounted augers.

Little Beaver’s Mechanical Earth Drills offer a productive solution for one-man hole-digging applications. Featuring a 360-rpm operating speed, the compact design allows access to areas unreachable by skid steer-mounted augers. Built to be powerful and lightweight, the mechanical drills are designed for a variety of industries, including rental centers, fence and sign installers, landscape and building contractors, and parks and recreation departments. 

Little Beaver will feature the Mechanical Earth Drill along with other products February 13-15, 2023 at booth 1455 during the ARA Show in Orlando, Fla.  

The mechanical earth drill is available with either a 5.5- or 8-horsepower engine and is mounted on 8- or 10-inch semi-pneumatic tires, respectively. Both versions offer a small footprint for access in any area and can be used on lawns, golf course greens and other delicate surfaces without causing damage. 

The mechanical drills feature a steel torque tube that allows operators to use large diameter augers without fear of dangerous kickback. In addition to increasing operator safety, the torque tube provides easier drilling, reducing operator effort and fatigue. To enhance operator safety further, all models feature a centrifugal clutch. If the drill encounters a buried object or the auger is overloaded, the clutch automatically slips to protect the operator from serious injury and the drive cable and transmission gears from damage.

Little Beaver offers two kits that allow users to convert its mechanical drills into horizontal boring machines. The sidewalk auger kit includes a 5-foot extension with a universal joint and a 5-foot auger to make it work for drilling as much as 4 four feet under sidewalks. The driveway kit is for applications like plumbing, electrical and water lines. It includes a water swivel and achieves horizontal drilling distances up to 40 feet.

High-quality features that reduce maintenance and extend life include heavy-duty transmissions with cooling fins for quick heat dissipation and improved longevity. The company powder coats all steel features to enhance strength and durability.

A universal auger, standard with Little Beaver mechanical earth drills, makes it simple to change out tips for specific surface types. A hard-faced tip, suitable for typical lawn and garden dirt and sandy loam-type soils also is standard. The optional heavy-duty rock tip works well in rocky soils. The optional carbide-blade tip is designed for tough surfaces, including hard clay, asphalt and frozen ground. Little Beaver also offers snap-on augers in 36- and 42-inch lengths and diameters ranging from 1.5- to 16-inches. Snap-on auger extensions are also available.

Many optional features allow end users to customize their drills further. For example, 10-inch pneumatic wheels, which are standard on the MDL-8B and MDL-8H, are an option on the MDL-5B and MDL-5H units. To protect the engine, steel roll cages are available for all models. Another option, a specially designed rick-sha carrier, features large, 20-inch semi-pneumatic wheels, a convenient pull handle and transmission cradle for enhanced mobility.

Each mechanical drill is backed by a one-year warranty, with the engine covered by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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