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Wed November 07, 2012 - National Edition
Atlas Copco has completed its post driver range with the addition of its lightweight LPD-LD. The fifth model in a family of drivers, the LPD-LD weighs just 39 lbs. (17.7 kg). Atlas Copco now offers a model precisely matched to any handheld or crane-lifted driving job from 3/8 to 6 in. (.9 to 15 cm) poles, steel rods or profiles.
The LPD-LD design was evolved from the same impact mechanism used on the LH 11 pick hammer. With its high frequency and heavy hitting power, the LPD-LD drives ground rods, anchors, tent spikes and fences in almost any terrain, according to the manufacturer.
The new post driver accepts rods or posts from less than half an inch to 2.5 in. (6.3 cm). Adapters can be replaced by sliding out the pins and adaptor, replacing the adaptor with a standard bushing covering 0.5- to 1-in. (1.3 to 2.5 cm) rods or with driver heads from 2 to 2.5 in. (5 to 6.3 cm). Use of a standard 5/8 or 1-in. (1.6 or 2.5 cm) bushing allows the LPD-LD post driver to be used for driving ground rods.
New design features include a PTFE guide bushing to reduce the risk of damage on the zinc or copper surface of the ground rods, and the anvil has been engineered to directly strike the top of the rod or pole when a bushing adaptor is fitted. When a larger drive adaptor is being used, the anvil will strike the actual adaptor.
Operating with a maximum fluid power of 5 gal. (19 L) per minute, the LPD-LD’s high frequency driving assures less damage to the top of the rod and assists in a smooth application overall, according to the manufacturer.
For more information, call 800/732-6762 or visit www.atlascopco.us.