Michels Horizontal Boring

Michels Corporation: Piercing Tool Program on Target for Gas Service Installations

Trenchless technology has always been closely associated with the gas industry. The piercing tool, specifically, has become a common sight on gas service line installation projects — and with good reason. The piercing tool allows companies to save time and money on both new service installations and rehab and replacement programs. Brownsville, Wis.-based Michels Corporation […]

Horizontal Boring Piercing Tools

Piercing Tool Maintenance: Tips & Advice For Optimum Piercing Tool Performance

Soil displacement tools are known by a wide array of names including hog, gopher, mole, and missile. All of these tool names refer to a pneumatically operated tool that moves through the ground compacting the soil as it travels and leaves a bore hole behind it that some type of underground utility will be installed […]

NW Natural Piercing

NW Natural & Piercing Tools: Converting The Pacific Northwest

When H.C. Leonard and Henry Green started the Portland Light Company in the Oregon Territory in 1859, the company served just 49 customers. Today, the natural gas provider, now called NW Natural, serves more than 458,000 customers. How does a company that began before Oregon became a state become the largest natural gas provider in […]

Potelco Inc Piercing Tools

Potelco, Inc.: Getting High Production from Piercing Tools

Utility contractor Potelco, Sumner WA, has embraced trenchless equipment. In fact, the company has been using one trenchless tool in particular for almost 20 years, the pneumatic piercing tool. A workhorse of trenchless technology, the piercing tool has become a mainstay at Potelco providing solutions for a wide variety construction applications. Potelco’s piercing tool arsenal […]

Piercing Tools Super Highways

Piercing Tools Building the Information Super Highway: Arrow Construction on Verizon’s FTTP Program

While fiber optic cables to the home are designed to provide access to the latest that technology has to offer, like high speed broadband internet and hundreds of high quality, high definition television programs, the tools that are often used to install those cables are often very basic. One in particular, the pneumatic piercing tool, […]

Southern California Edison

Southern California Edison Feels the Power of the Piercing Tool

While trenchless construction methods like directional drilling have received the majority of press over the last several years, one trenchless tool continues to prove its versatility, effectiveness and efficiency everyday—the pneumatic piercing tool. The piercing tool provides contractors, municipalities and utilities a tremendous amount of versatility as well. Contractors around the world continue to achieve […]