General Equipment Company Introduces High-Powered EPIC Series Two-Man Hole Diggers
OWATONNA, Minn. – General Equipment Company has introduced its 332H and 348H EPICÔ Series two-man hole diggers. Featuring 5.5-horsepower (4.1 kW) Honda GXV160 four-stroke engines, the new models are capable of digging holes up to 18 inches (457 mm) in diameter. They offer an ergonomic design and heavy-duty construction to handle a wide range of construction-related hole digging projects, from simple backyard fencing to more complex landscaping or soil sampling jobs. Like other hole diggers in the EPIC Series, the 332H and 348H product designs raise the bar for performance, ease of use and safety.
The new, ergonomically engineered Power-FLEXÔ composite operator handles are exclusive to the EPIC Series, providing maximum control, strength and balance during operation, while dampening vibrations. The handles reduce kickback and fatigue to increase operator comfort, productivity and jobsite safety.
The hole diggers also include a new Auger-LOKÔ feature for conveniently removing stuck augers. The Auger-LOK uses a spring-loaded actuator to lock the auger in place so that operators can simply twist the auger out of the hole. This practical solution eliminates costly damage to hole digger and auger when using other removal methods.
The 332H and 348H include a new, lighter weight, heavy-duty, totally enclosed spur-gear transmission with oversized bearings, heat-treated shafts and machine-cut gears for long service life and exceptional return on investment. The transmission design uses time-tested technology improved for maximum performance and durability. Model 332H has a 1-3/8 inch (35 mm) hexagon auger drive connection for use with 4400 series earth augers and 5500 series auger extensions from General Equipment Company. Model 348H has a 7/8 inch (22 mm) square auger drive connection for use with PSD/PLDBH series earth augers and extensions. The quiet, smooth-running engine offers a maximum digging torque of 190 foot-pounds (225 Nm).
Other standard features include a MaguraÒ twist-grip throttle control and an all-metal centrifugal clutch. Both models weigh 71 pounds (32 kg) without an auger.
In business since 1955, General Equipment Company is a family-owned manufacturer of hole digging, surface preparation, dust collection, plus portable ventilation, air scrubbing and lighting equipment. For more information, contact General Equipment Co., 620 Alexander Drive S.W., Owatonna, MN 55060, call 507-451-5510 or 800-533-0524, fax 507-451-5511 or 877-344-4375, or visit the website at www.generalequip.com.