[TowerTalk] Driving ground rods

Bryan Swadener bswadener at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 17 19:49:45 EDT 2013

When I needed to drive ground rods, I just rented a demo hammer w/
ground rod driver. It was dirt cheap.  IIRC, it was a 60# unit -- not at
all handheld.  It was just BARELY gnarly enough to drive one of the
half dozen rods that didn't want to cooperate.
vy 73,
Bryan WA7PRC


Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 09:20:11 -0700
From: Grant KZ1W
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Driving ground rods

I have a Bosch demo hammer (largest hand held) for driving rods and used 
for much concrete demo/drilling.  I made a rod driver from the shank of 
a broken carbide drill by MIG welding on a sch 40 pipe sleeve.  It 
wouldn't stay together however as the weld alloy can't handle the shock 
and the tool steel doesn't take the weld.  Best to spend a few bucks for 
the Bosch or Makita tool made for driving rods, probably S7 steel.  It 
works fine for me.
Grant KZ1W

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