Hand Auger, PICO

Description

The hand auger is the most basic of the mechanical drills and is driven from the surface by a series of extensions that are added as drilling proceeds into the ice.

IDP has in inventory several types of hand augers:

  • IDDO: 3-inch (76 mm) and 4-inch (101 mm)
  • PICO: 3-inch (76 mm) and 4-inch (102 mm)
  • SIPRE: 3-inch (76 mm)

The maximum depth to which hand augers can be used without power assistance (see Sidewinder) is approximately 20 meters.

Hand augers are individually packed and assigned to specific investigators, depending on project needs. Augers for Antarctic users traveling through McMurdo Station are individually packed by IDP and sent to the BFC (Berg Field Center) for distribution to the specified field project. Drills for use elsewhere are shipped directly to the individual investigators or to the field sites.

The PICO auger is made of fiberglass composite pipe with aluminum fittings and is consequently much lighter than the SIPRE auger. The cutting head incorporates both a taper and core dogs. The extensions are held together using aluminum pins, which allows for rapid assembly and disassembly, much like the SIPRE auger. The lighter weight of the PICO auger, compared to the SIPRE auger, makes deeper penetration without a lifting device possible.

PICO augers come in two different diameters: 77 mm (3.1-inches) or 98 mm (3.9-inches). Both models can be configured to take either one-meter or half-meter long cores. The maximum depth to which these augers can be used without power assistance is approximately 20 meters. As an option, however, the PICO augers can be used with the 'Sidewinder'. The Sidewinder Power Drive applies power to the auger to increase the rate of drilling and to make it possible for a single operator to drill to depths difficult for hand coring systems.

Existing PICO hand augers in inventory are aging and parts that have reached the end of their useful life are being removed from inventory over time. In recent years, IDP developed and fabricated eight copies of the new 3-inch IDDO hand auger. Based on the success of that design, IDP designed and built three 4-inch units. The IDDO hand augers are now being regularly used by investigators in both Greenland and Antarctica.

 

Equipment Details

Name Hand Auger, PICO
Type
Type
Ice coring
Number in Inventory
Number in Inventory
9
Max. Practical Depth
Max. Practical Depth
20 m (30-40 m with Sidewinder)
Hole Diameter
Hole Diameter
116mm (4.6-inches)
141 mm (5.6-inches)
Ice Core Diameter
Ice Core Diameter
76 mm (3-inch)
98 mm (3.9-inches)
Ice Core Length
Ice Core Length
1 m
IDP Driller Required?
IDP Driller Required?
No
Drill Fluid Required?
Drill Fluid Required?
No
Power Requirements/Source
Power Requirements/Source
Hand-powered or Sidewinder
Helicopter Transportable?
Helicopter Transportable?
Yes
Light Aircraft Transportable?
Light Aircraft Transportable?
Yes
Shipping Weight
Shipping Weight

100 lbs for 20 meter kit

Shipping Volume (Cube)
Shipping Cube

9

Comments
Comments

Current inventory:

  • seven 3-inch (76mm) augers
  • two 4-inch (102mm) augers

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