John Deere says it has upgraded its PA15B and PA30B planetary auger attachments to be more powerful and productive.
They are part of Deere’s B-Series Worksite Pro attachments for skid steers, compact track loaders, compact excavators and compact wheel loaders.
Deere boosted the hydraulic motor’s operating pressure to 3,100 pounds per square inch to increase digging power for both models. The planetary gear set has been set closer to the motor to reduce stress on the motor. The input shaft and shaft seal in the five-gear gearbox have also been upgraded. And Deere increased the torque rating on the PA30B from 4,166 feet-pounds to 4,500 feet-pounds.
Deere kept the reverse rotation feature for both models, which allows the operator to quickly back the drill out when it hits obstructions. The feature also sheds dirt when working in wet conditions. They both include the self-cleaning Quik-Tach system for fast attachment changes.
The augers work with such bit styles and diameters as standard 4- to 6-inch, 9- to 12-inch rock and frost, and 18- to 36-inch tree and shrub.
Model Max bit diameter Minimum hydraulic flow Max hydraulic flow
PA15B 24 inches 6 gallons per minute 15 gallons per minute
PA30B 36 inches 14 gallons per minute 30 gallons per minute