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Upgrades add durability to planetary auger models

Upgrades add durability to planetary auger models

Expanding its lineup of reliable and durable Worksite Pro attachments, John Deere is introducing upgrades to its planetary auger models. The new PA15B and PA30B augers are designed for longer product life to better meet customer needs and application uses. Like all Worksite Pro attachments, these solutions are optimized to work with John Deere skid steers, compact track loaders (CTLs), compact excavators and compact four-wheel-drive loaders, along with most competitive models.

"Powerful and productive, augers are indispensable attachments for tough digging projects — so we sought to offer our most robust models yet," said Jessica Hill, program manager, global attachments at John Deere. "The B-Series augers are packed with durability-enhancing features to optimize job site performance and minimize wear and tear." 

The B-Series augers offer new motor and planetary designs for improved toughness and longer attachment life. Enhanced hydraulic motors have a higher-rated operating pressure for better raw 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 were designed for increased 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 feet-pounds (5,648 Nm) to 4,500 feet-pounds (6,101 Nm), increasing attachment efficiency.

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 easy-attachment system allows operators to switch from one type of attachment to another within seconds.

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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