A modification of the hand auger, the Prairie Dog includes a stationary outer barrel that allows operations in solid ice as well as firn. The depth limit is approximately 40 m (with a Sidewinder). The drill has been used almost exclusively by Jay Kyne, its designer, who is a part time driller/engineer with IDDO. The system is commonly used in warm ice conditions where the two-barrel design aides in chip transport during coring. The system was most recently used in both Wyoming and Montana in 2013 for ice patch coring.
|Number in Inventory:||1|
|Max. Practical Depth:||30 - 40 m|
|Core Diameter:||102 mm|
|Crew size:||1 person (but two people helps share the labor and further speeds up the cycle time)|
|Power Requirements/Source:||hand auger; 2-kW generator or solar cells if using the Sidewinder|
|Shipping Weight:||100 lbs|
|Comments:||Shipping weight does not include Sidewinder or PICO 4-inch auger normally used with this drill.|