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Piling contractor Van Elle's auger cleaner won joint first prize in the research & development (plant) category at last month's Quality in Construction Awards.

The patented cleaner (Ground Engineering November 2000) consists of two circular plates with splines that remove soil from between the auger flights. The cleaner is attached to a bracket that hydraulically engages it with the auger.

The cleaner was developed in-house and is based on an idea from Van Elle fitter Graham Beardmore.

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