Most Interesting Tractor at the Steam Rally

The Heddington and Stockley Steam Rally is held very close by to our premises in Wiltshire. The directors at Autoguide have always played a large part in the organisation of the event and we are happy to provide an award for most interesting tractor at the Rally every year.

This year, the award went to Andrew Hurkett's family for their Orchard version of a Ferguson 35. Andy's children are shown accepting the tankard from Janet Tyler on whose land the Rally is held. Janet herself accepted the Jumbo Reid award from his son and daughter. This award recognises the huge contribution made by the Tyler family to the Rally.

For more photos and information on the annual event, please visit the Heddington and Stockley Steam Rally website.

Doosan Drilling Rig

Autoguide Equipment’s key products are known for making round holes in the ground and this special project was no exception!

After a meeting on site we were asked to commission a pre-boring drilling rig with specific design criteria to give the customer better productivity rates and be more efficient in their processes. The donor machine; a Doosan 140LC, was delivered to site. The bucket, dipper and boom were removed to allow us to design and build a bespoke 10m drilling mast.

The design brief was to manufacture an auger drive unit and mast capable of 20kNm in conjunction with a fast spin off speed to aid spoil removal and 8.5m of mast stroke. The required RPM speed for drilling also needed to be set along with upper and lower limits on the carriage depth and pull back. 

Legislation set the specification for the guarding and interlocks and the finished machine is now working hard on large commercial sites preparing the ground for building works. From housing estates to distribution centres, the pre-boring rig is one of the first processes on site, alongside ground stabilisation works.

We very much look forward to working with Mat and Tim in the future and continuing to build on our wide variety of specialist bespoke products.

"After being introduced to Autoguide for this first time by a mutual client, they took on our project to create a new drilling rig built to our specification. From inception we felt comfortable with Autoguide and their many years of expertise was clear to see.
We felt included and valued in the design and build and we are very happy with what they managed to achieve with our machine.
We are planning for Autoguide to build us another machine soon and I look forward to building a long working relationship with them."

If you are inspired by our special machines and have a bespoke project in mind that we could take a look at, please contact the office to discuss your requirements.

Plantworx 2017

Autoguide Equipment and ABC Anchors would like to thank all of those who joined us at the Plantworx Construction Equipment Show last week! We had some mixed weather conditions, but were delighted to see a high level of interest over all three days despite the sea of mud!

Visitors were especially interested in our range of vibrating post installers. Throughout the show, we were demoing our Midi Postmaster installing and removing 6” posts, although the machine is capable of driving up to 8” posts on a 3-5 tonne excavator.

Also displayed at the show was a variety of utilities equipment including our Utility Pole Grab, Cable Drum Spreader Bar and 40,000 PX Powerhead, as well as ABC Anchor’s range of screwpiles.

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and we look forward to exhibiting at Plantworx again next time.

Midi-Postmaster Demonstration

Comic Relief 2017

Comic Relief

All of us here at Autoguide enjoy cake! And whether we’re baking it or eating it, we rarely miss an opportunity to raise some money for deserving charities by holding a bake sale.

This year for Comic Relief we raised £200 thanks to all the donations we received.

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Merry Christmas from Autoguide Equipment!

Autoguide Equipment would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017.

This year we will be making donations in support of the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) & Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Please be advised our workshop and offices will be closed from Friday 23rd of December until Tuesday the 3rd of January when all messages and orders will be processed promptly.

Many thanks for your support in 2016 - we look forward to working with you next year.

Autoguide Sponsor University of Bath Project

Autoguide Equipment recently sponsored a project at the University of Bath within the Mechanical Engineering Department. As part of the third year of study, students undertake a group design and business project to develop an idea, design a product and produce a business plan. Autoguide have had an idea for a small self-propelled machine that is capable of installing screw piles so proposed the idea and two teams of 6 students worked against each other to develop the best design.

The students recently presented their work at the Design Exhibition where we were very impressed with their work. The detailed design showed how much effort and work they had put into the project, with some very promising results. The design team now await the detailed reports to decide whether either design is feasible for production!

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Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Bath

Autoguide Rock Spike (used on the postmaster range)

As shown in the images, the Rock Spike is being used on the Postmaster to pilot holes in harder ground conditions.

The Rock Spike fits into the postmasters jaws alike a standard post, making the occasional situations when you hit hard ground quick and easier to resolve. When contractors would usually have to use an auger driver to pre auger holes, this 4” round, 1m spike can be used.