Equipment

Planetary Augers

John Deere

November 7, 2017 - Equipment

<p><em>Photo courtesy of John Deere</em></p>

John Deere expanded its lineup of Worksite Pro attachments with upgrades to its planetary auger models. The PA15B and PA30B augers are designed for longer lifespans and work with John Deere skid steers, compact track loaders, compact excavators, compact four-wheel-drive loaders, and most competitive models.

The B-Series augers feature new motor and planetary designs for improved toughness and longer attachment life. Enhanced hydraulic motors have a higher rated operating pressure for greater digging power. An upgraded integral motor and planetary gearbox housing bring the planetary gear set closer to the motor, decreasing motor stress. A five-gear gearbox with an updated input shaft and shaft seal increase durability. For heavy-duty work in terrains such as rock and clay, the max torque rating on the PA30B has been increased from 4,166 ft.-lbs. (5,648 Nm) to 4,500 ft.-lbs. (6,101 Nm).

The PA15B and PA30B models maintain the reverse rotation feature of their predecessors, which allows quick back-out when obstructions are encountered and sheds dirt from the auger when working in wet conditions. To further enhance ease of use, the universal, self-cleaning Quik-Tatch system allows operators to easily switch from one type of attachment to another.

The PA15B and PA30B models are compatible with a variety of auger bit styles and diameters, including standard 4- to 6-inch (102-914 mm), 9- to 12-inch rock and frost (220-305 mm), and 18- to 36-inch (457-914 mm) tree and shrub.

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