General Equipment Co. announces its new 4450 Series earth augers, representing the most significant change in boring head design and auger construction for use with hand-held hole digging equipment in the past 50 years, the maker says. The 4450 Series features a new, simpler configuration for attaching the screw bit, which speeds up the installation process and greatly reduces the risk of damage to the earth auger.

Unlike traditional earth auger designs used by all manufacturers, General Equipment’s 4450 Series does not include a drive lug for attaching the screw bit. Instead, the company’s new screw bit design has a male shaft, which slides into the end of the earth auger. This helps to eliminate the chance of the screw bit breaking, as well as the resulting damage to the auger.

Additionally, the 4450 Series earth augers are cast into a one-piece, integral assembly from steel to further increase service life. Tooth position and location on the screw bits has also been improved using General Equipment’s experience in auger design, along with the help of sophisticated computer 3D simulation.

“The 4450 Series provides a solution to many of the maintenance issues associated with traditional hand-held auger designs,” says Dennis Von Ruden, president of General Equipment Co. “This helps make it ideal for a variety of industries, including rental, fencing, landscaping and general construction.”

Optional tooth configurations are available to meet a wide range of job applications in different soil types and classifications.