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!
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.
Designer Metal were investigating different methods for putting their estate fencing posts in the ground when they discovered the vibrating Post Master online. Intrigued by what he saw, Xavier Cooper contacted Autoguide to ask whether the postmaster would be capable of inserting flat steel posts into the ground. With a few trial posts, the team at Autoguide performed some testing and then demoed the successful results to the company.
With the positive testing, discussions advanced and after noticing the TC600 and a separate Maxi Postmaster mounted on a telescopic mast being developed for another customer, the idea of a dedicated tracked vehicle was proposed. With Autoguide’s knowledge and history of building custom track based machines, the customer decided this would be the best option and commissioned a special custom build.
Autoguide designed and built a Midi Postmaster mounted on a custom mast with 5 axis of movement to enable maximum adjustment to vibrate posts into a range of positions and angles. This was then mounted on a specially designed chassis and connected to a Hinowa expanding track base for additional stability. When connected to a 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine, the whole system was powered using hydraulics off of a simple user console.
After testing, the machine was painted to the customers company colours, delivered and is now installing over 400 posts a day in a field in Chelmsford!
The machine features:
After several years of dealing with Seago International, our American Dealer, we have joined them to exhibit at the Fencetech Show Nashville (Stand Number 132)
The show has proven to be very busy with lots of interest surrounding the vibrating postmaster range. As seen on the stand we are exhibiting both the mini and midi postmaster on the BOB Cat. With an example of a 'swan neck bracket' for installing tall posts and a Rock Spike, used to penetrate hard ground, to save any damage to posts.
Autoguide are delighted to announce the release of our New MAXI Post driver to complement the already successful range including the Mini and Midi Post Masters.
Confor Woodland Show
Longleat Estate, Warminster, Wiltshire
10th & 11th of September 2015
2015 has already proven to be an extremely busy year for Autoguide Equipment. With the new revamped website our current and potential customers will be able to easily search through our extensive range of products/services.
As Autoguide is an ever developing company the new websites offer a distinction between its sister companies, Auto-Roller and ABC Anchors.
Mini & Midi Postmaster allows safe and quiet post installation on mini loaders such as the Avant. The bucket parallel linkage keeps the post driver vertical.
The Autoguide specially designed attachment is used to clamp 3 or 5mm angle at any length, driving it effortlessly into the ground.
In addition this attachment forms a compacted hole to allow the installer to cast concrete around the angle, setting a level and reinforcing the angle for use with a plastic fencing system.