Calling all Electricians - have you used this tool ?

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I found this tool online a couple of months ago, and it seems like a great idea for driving ground rods.

Anyone here actually used one, or own one? Looking to buy one, but for some reason the manufacturers cannot tell me how much they are.

Seems that selling outside USA is not their thing....which is not uncommon these days. :rolleyes:

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The Dawg just plugs into your SDS drill chuck.
 

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I am sick of repairing or replacing sledgie handles after 'someone else' has used it. :mob:
Okay in all seriousness....I've never used the roto-hammer attachment but if your ground doesn't necessitate using a 90lb jackhammer (we have this stuff called 'valley hardpan' out here) then I think it would work okay..
 

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Back in the day I made my own ground rod adapters for my hammer drills. Also had them for my 70# and 90# jack hammers for use up in the Rockies.
 

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I had a job driving a rod one day - had about 10 attempts and couldn't get further than about 3 feet down - due to the volcanic rock under the topsoil.

The Inspector was due in less than 30 minutes, so I started out on a 30 degree angle, and drove that sucker with about 18 inches of the ground. I then used all my strength to bend the exposed portion to a near vertical. The Inspector turned up...took a look, and said "Well done" :lol:

They ain't stoopid out here. :rolleyes:



I know another Inspector who goes to jobs , and the first thing he does is to give the ground rod a good kicking.
Reason been that a few of our 'oriental' Erectricians have been known to cut the rods down - to get more than one job out of them. :mob:

One of said Erectricains came into the shop when I was wholesaling a few years ago to buy 3 x ground rods. I asked him if he wanted a dozen clamps with them.
He rook at me and say "You cheeky bastage" :lol: My co-worker and I laughed about that one for weeks.
 

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Bottle of water gets them a long ways. Then finish off with sledge-a-matic.
 

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I have used the garden hose sometimes, and if the soil is right, the rod can be pushed by hand to over halfway.
Actually all the way in with the right soil and a liter of water. Not allowed here and if the inspector could move the rod up or down or turn it at all it was rejected.
 

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we used this from harbor freight, if you have power it’s amazing!

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I have an 18V Makita battery powered Dugga-Dugga. :lol:

Got a powered one also....but battery is more useful on a new site with no juice.
I went from field to salesman, I only have to sell ground rods, I no longer have to install them, which is way better then any tool to make it “easier” :lol:
 

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I went from field to salesman, I only have to sell ground rods, I no longer have to install them, which is way better then any tool to make it “easier” :lol:
I've gone full circle....on the tools, selling to electricians, and back on the tools.

I know which one is easier. I am a great customer to my supplier. :lol:
 

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Sometimes used a post-driver. Also used to drive them at an angle then use a rigid hickey to bend up a straight stub-up.
 

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Good news, the company responded to my email from August....last night.

Still no pricing, but they have directed me to a supplier closer than Hawaii.....and are interested in talking about a distributorship. :thumbsup:
 

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Okay in all seriousness....I've never used the roto-hammer attachment but if your ground doesn't necessitate using a 90lb jackhammer (we have this stuff called 'valley hardpan' out here) then I think it would work okay..
or Granite up here...
 
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