The Sidewinder is not a drill, but is a drive/lifting system used in conjunction with hand augers. It is driven by an electric motor (power hand drill) and a winching system to help in both lowering and retrieving the drill string. The power hand drill component can also be used to help spin the hand auger barrel itself during drilling. The Sidewinder extends the maximum practical depth of coring with a hand auger to about 40 m.
The Sidewinders are increasingly being used by investigators without the assistance of IDDO drillers and this trend is expected to continue.
|Type:||Power unit for hand augers|
|Number in Inventory:||5|
|Max. Practical Depth:||40 m|
|Crew size:||1 person (but two people helps share the labor and speeds up the cycle time)|
|Power Requirements/Source:||2-kW generator or solar cells|
|Shipping Weight:||180 lbs|
|Comments:||shipping weight includes generator. 130 lbs w/o generator|