Questions about the Munro-Digger-Driver:
you drill a pilot hole for every post?
the ground conditions are such that the post can be easily driven (for
instance in the springtime when the soil is moist), then leave the Digger
stowed off to the side where it is secure and out of the way. Use the
Digger Driver as a very capable straight post pounder. Yet, the Digger is
immediately available when needed.
you get the Digger Driver with a post holder?
intentionally do not offer a post holder. Correcting a crooked post has
to be done
while the post is being driven, and some degree of
over-correction must be used. We supply a special bar that allows the
operator to move the post while driving. The operator can over-correct as
necessary and modify the driving energy to ensure the post is perfectly
straight when driven to the desired depth.
a manual adjustment by the operator required for every post? Again no,
mostly such adjustment is required in rocky ground. Otherwise, the post
will just follow the pilot hole, which was drilled
straight and plumb.
3) Is a
pilot hole required to drive oil-field pipe?
pilot hole is not required. In rocky ground we will sometimes drill a
small-diameter probe hole (13/4-inch diameter) to determine if
we will encounter a rock with the pipe. If we run into rock, then we move
a few inches and probe again to see if we will miss the rock. Probing ensures
clear passage and avoids starting to drive a pipe and then having to pull
the pipe if it solidly hits a rock.
4) Why is the Munro Digger Driver so
expensive compared to some other post pounders?
Munro Digger Driver is not always more expensive. When we are, it is
because of one of these reasons. First, the Munro Digger Driver price
includes a complete hydraulic pilot-hole digger and a post driver.
Second, we do not scrimp on the hydraulic controls; this adds up because
the machine is all-hydraulic including the digger, 4-way tilting, direct
lifting of the 500-700 pound hammer, and optional side shifting and
telescopic frame extension. Third, over the past 40+ years when problems were identified
in the machine s operation or durability, Munro engineered in sound and
simple solutions. The Digger Driver has numerous structural elements that
appear, at first glance, to be superfluous, but they are there
specifically to either strengthen the machine or simplify its use.
the Munro Digger Driver built?
1963 the Munro post-setting machine has been built in
Ballarat, a city in Victoria, Australia,
about 90 minutes outside
In 1999, South Dakota-based Munro Industries began importing machines
and selling them throughout
America. In 2005, Munro Industries began
subcontracting for domestic fabrication of the MultiSett model with
complete encouragement of the Australians under a royalty-based, exchange
of technical drawings and engineering support. We expect to begin
domestic fabrication of the TeleSett model in 2006. Important is the fact
that all Digger Drivers whether built in Australia or in the USA
have the full 40+ years of engineering and field experience built into
used machines ever available?
occasionally have used machines (from contractor trade ins) and
demonstrator-machines available. Call to see if we do. The used
contractor machines might not be pretty because they have been used hard; but they are
mechanically sound and we go through them thoroughly before sending them
back out. Typically, used machine prices whether from us or from sales by
our customers have
averaged 85% of new price; a remarkable testimony
to the fact that these machines retain their value. Compare that to the
depreciation you see evidenced at farm auctions where post pounders
sometimes sell for less than scrap metal prices!
Where do I get spare parts, repair parts, and replacement augers?
Industries in Hermosa,
South Dakota stocks an
inventory of spare and
repair parts and a full line of replacement augers and
cutters. Munro in Australia
advises us on what to stock relative to the number of machines operating
we keep that suggested inventory on hand. Occasionally we have to
have something air freighted from Australia
directly to a customer, but that is rare. Frankly, the amount of repair
parts we sell is relatively small.