ECA delivers deeper drilling depths with Bauer and Berminghammer

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) is bringing the unique Bauer MC 96 Duty-Cycle Crane paired with hanging Berminghammer lead assembly to North America

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) is bringing the unique Bauer MC 96 Duty-Cycle Crane paired with hanging Berminghammer lead assembly to North America. 

The Bauer and Berminghammer combination allows its customers to achieve drilling depths of up to 45 metres. Both ECA and ECA Canada will offer this rig to customers for sale or rental.  

‚ÄúECA is thrilled to add this Bauer MC 96 Duty-Cycle Crane equipped with a Berminghammer leader and a powerful Bauer KDK 280S Rotary Head to our fleet,‚ÄĚ said Gordian Ulrich, director of Bauer product sales and service.¬†‚ÄúThis rig can drill up to 150 feet of single-pass piles (CFA or FDP) in various diameters, which is 25 feet more than our BG 45 in the high-end CFA setup.‚Ä̬†

When equipped with the 42-metre Berminghammer lead, Bauer‚Äôs 130-ton duty-cycle crane can reach depths of up to 45 metres. 

The specially adapted MC 96 mast geometry allows an operator to drill in single-pass mode using the complete mast length. This means that the 750-mm auger is able to achieve a depth of 35 metres in a completely continuous drilling process. It is also possible to attach a Kelly extension to drill down an additional 10 metres.  

This customized rig represents a partnership between two of the world‚Äôs leading manufacturers of foundation equipment; Berminghammer and Bauer Maschinen. The two manufacturers collaborated to develop this special lead setup specifically for the MC 96 series of duty-cycle cranes in 2020.  

Joint kinematics

Bauer and Berminghammer also developed special joint kinematics to allow the lead itself to be rigged easily and quickly. 

As a result, no additional modifications are required to connect the Berminghammer lead to any MC duty-cycle crane. 

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In addition to the latest drilling features such as drill or pull assist, the MC 96 uses a standard Bauer KDK 280S Rotary Head, which is powered by the onboard 570 kW Caterpillar C18 engine. This means that no additional power pack is required, which reduces noise levels and operating costs. 

ECA has been a leading supplier of foundation construction equipment in the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada for more than a century.    

Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Bermingham was founded in 1897 in Ontario, by William Bermingham, who was succeeded by three further generations of Berminghams at the helm. 

Bermingham brought the first diesel impact hammer to North America in the early 1950s and started developing their own line of foundation specialty equipment in the late 1960s. 

Bermingham joined the Soletanche Bachy group of companies in 2011.

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