Lone Star Drills upgraded engine

Jul. 18, 2021

An upgraded Honda iGX800 engine for HD and HDA model drills from Lone Star Drills, a div. of Little Beaver, Livingston, Texas, provides increased responsiveness and power via an electronic governor that optimally adjusts the engine’s throttle to match the drill’s load. The engine comes standard on HD and HDA model soil sampling drills and is an optional upgrade for all hydraulic drills. The engine upgrade is recommended for all high-torque hydraulic drills, including parent company Little Beaver’s Big Beaver earth drill.

The engine’s electric, self-tuning regulator (STR) governor maximizes performance during varying loads when encountering different soil densities and obstructions. The HDA model designates heavy-duty, high-performance hydraulic drills with an automatic hammer, and the HD model designation is for those high-performance hydraulic drills without an automatic hammer.

The LST1G+HDA comes standard with a 140-lb. automatic safety hammer. The heavy-duty rig is mounted on a maneuverable, single-axle trailer that can be towed behind a small or standard-sized truck. The product is capable of drilling 6-in. boreholes down to 100 ft. The LSGT+HDA features an automatic hammer and a 100-ft. drilling depth, but comes mounted on tracks to spread the drill’s weight and lower its ground pressure to 3.8 psi. Additionally, a remote-controlled feature allows operators to position the drill in hard-to-reach areas and locations with delicate topsoil while also adjusting leveling control with hydraulics.

The HD models are both trailer mounted. The LST1A+HD reaches a drilling depth of 100 ft., has a 1,100-ft.-lbs. of torque and can be towed by an ATV. The LST1G+HD achieves similar depth and torque, but has a cathead and tower for operating a 140-lb. safety hammer during standard penetration testing and sampling.

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