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Italian equipment manufacturer Soilmec has just launched its new compact self-erecting hydraulic top drive rotary piling rig, the R-208CFA. It is designed mainly for continuous flight auger work and the installation of bored cast insitu piles on confined sites. The 27t crawler based machine is one of Soilmec's most technically advanced self erecting rigs and incorporates many of the features found on the company's larger equipment. It can install CFA piles up to 750mm diameter to depths of 15.3m and drill up to 1.2m diameter bored piles dry or with bentonite or polymer mud to depths of 32m with its standard four part telescoping Kelly bar, which can be increased to 40m with an optional five part Kelly.

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