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Shallow well driving divice
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Lou    Posted 01-03-2004 at 17:15:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I"m driving a shallow well by hand.. too difficult need to motorize a "pile driver" any help apperciated.

Dieselrider    Posted 01-03-2004 at 20:01:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I never heard about driving a well before. Around here we drill wells or hand dig but, mostly drill anymore. How big a diameter well do you end up with and does it make enough water to use? I don't think with all the clay and rock we have that it would work here but it's neat to hear about how it's done elsewhere. Please excuse my ignorence, I don't get off the farm much.

Ray    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:32:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just drove a shallow well here in Illinois at my farm. I used a 1"thick plate about 1' square and on the top I welded a "T" Handle to raise it up and slam it down. I welded a 1" solid metal bar to slide up and down the center of the pipe about 3 foot long. The pipe I drove was 1 1/4" pipe. It took about thirty minutes to drive down 37 foot. I had to do it in 5 foot lengths because it was in my basement. The soil is sand and clay mixed. Went pretty good.

TB    Posted 01-03-2004 at 18:20:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
What type of ground are you going through? (how dence)
How deep you think you have to go?

Dave(WI)    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:59:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check out your local hardware store, especially those that are Ma & Pa owned for decades. There is an electric driver that uses compressed air and shaped like a concrete buster.Weighs about 50lbs but easy to use and drives without much physical exertion on your part other than keeping the contraption and pipe in line. Has really short strokes, almost unnoticeable, but really gets the job done. You can rent by the hour for about 10 to $17.00. Just get everything set up, pipe, pipe glue, pipe attachments etc. before you rent it. Most of the time spent is coming and going from the hardware store.

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