Exploring Trenchless

Contractors looking for potential equipment additions at WWETT Show
Exploring Trenchless

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Chris Hayer and Cary Hansen were roaming the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show on Tuesday with one similar goal — looking for trenchless equipment for their companies.

Hayer, who is a manager at PSE Industrial, was checking out piercing equipment in the HammerHead Trenchless Equipment booth.

“I’m just looking at different options with the trenchless applications for these, trying to learn some more about them,” says Hayer. “There’s a lot to see here.”

Hansen, owner of Hansen’s Plumbing & Mechanical, was looking at equipment in the Pow-r Mole Sales booth.

“We’re looking at getting into some of the bigger stuff, some of the big-ticket items,” Hansen says. “We’re looking at the crawler camera because we’re seeing a demand for the lateral launching cameras to see from the mains into the residential lines because there is a lot of cross-bore going on, so they’re just trying to ensure the lines are done.”

Hansen’s Plumbing & Mechanical does commercial and residential plumbing, but is now looking into moving into more trenchless work like pipe bursting and relining.

“It’s our second time at the show. I love seeing all the new equipment,” Hansen says. “There seems to be more trenchless equipment here and that means more potential.”

For PSE Industrial, Hayer is also looking at several of the hydroexcavation companies. PSE owns about four hydroexcavators and several air excavators as well. The company is involved in industrial plant work, soft digging, air knifing and hydroexcavation.

“It’s been very busy for us and we’re just looking at a few things that we might do ourselves,” Hayer says. “When we’re working under a driveway, we can get only so far underneath. So we’re looking at different options.”

The 35th annual WWETT Show kicked off Monday and the exhibit hall opened Tuesday. The exhibit hall is open again Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.


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