((Always make sure the End Cap screws are hand tight and the shaft can still be turned by hand. Failure to maintain the end cap screws will cause the tool to come apart.))
Additional operational notes
In most soils, Borit requires a little effort to push the bit through. However, gravel does not compress and takes more ‘push’ as does clay and compacted fill. Difficult boring may require more water and the use of a pry bar. Even under such difficult conditions, you should be able to bore about a foot a minute.
Don’t bore too fast or use too much water in extremely SANDY SOIL. Boring in sand is similar to building a ‘sand castle’; if the sand is too dry it crumbles, and if it’s too wet, it collapses. The rotation of the bit combined with the water from the hose will cause the sand to ‘bridge up’ and form the perfect hole. Experiment with how much water to use and how fast to push the Borit Tool. Start by just barely turning the water on with the ball valve and only boring 12 to 18 inches per minute. Too much water or pushing too fast can cause the sand to collapse on the drill pipe rather than forming a hole.
If an obstacle is hit that is smaller than a football, the water will soften the soil and the rotation of the bit will usually “jiggle” the rock until it’s forced aside. If your bit stops, keep the pressure on the bit as it sometimes takes 30 to 60 seconds for the water and the bit to do their work. If the bit becomes stuck in the debris, the sloped wings on the bit will help you pull the bit and drill pipe out of the hole. If the bit is severely stuck, you can sometimes pull it out with a “come along,” or a truck or tractor.
Experiment with the amount of water needed for your boring conditions. Start with a small amount of water and gradually increase or decrease the flow until you find the amount that works best for the soil you are boring. You do not want a flood of water coming back out of the hole. Dig a sump under the hole to catch any water that does flow out. On long bores it can be helpful to use a small sump pump to keep the water out the hole. Do not exceed 90 pounds of water pressure under any condition. Water pressure is not what makes BORIT work. Water is to lubricate the bit and soften the soil.
Do NOT reverse the drill, or the bit or drill pipe could uncouple. A piece of electrical tape over the reverse switch will remind the operator not to reverse the drill.