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 SIPRE auger is made from stainless steel and is consequently heavy. However, this weight helps its penetration. Quick-release pins hold the extensions together for rapid assembly and disassembly. A simple taper on the inside of the SIPRE core head uses the wedging effect of chips inside the core barrel to break and hold the core. This is effective in firn and brittle ice, but not in tough ice or wet ice. Narrow and wide kerf versions of the SIPRE auger are available.
|Name||Hand Auger, SIPRE|
|Number in Inventory||
Number in Inventory
|Max. Practical Depth||
Max. Practical Depth
120 mm (4.7-inches)
|Ice Core Diameter||
Ice Core Diameter
76 mm (3-inches)
|Ice Core Length||
Ice Core Length
|IDP Driller Required?||
IDP Driller Required?
|Drill Fluid Required?||
Drill Fluid Required?
Hand-powered or Stihl BT121 powerhead
|Estimated Drilling Time||
Estimated Drilling Time
6 m - 2 hours
|Time to Move (breakdown and setup)||
Time to Move (breakdown and setup)
|Light Aircraft Transportable?||
Light Aircraft Transportable?
85 lbs for 6 meter kit
|Shipping Volume (Cube)||
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