We have been using the Bullet Mole since 2015. It is our "magic" tool for getting under sidewalks and wide stretches of pavement and concrete. The tool is so simple to use, yeah it takes some sweat to get the job done, but incredibly easy to use. Compared to our hydraulic boring tool, this is what our irrigation techs prefer. The hydraulic tool takes quite a bit of time to set up and take down, load up and unload, compared to the Mole. Being in AZ, the ground is rocky and difficult to work. The Bullet Mole is the easiest "trench" we make. The tool is high quality and very durable. I recommend this tool to anyone trying to bore under a sidewalk or driveway.
AZ Irrigation & Maintenance
I would classify myself as a DIY Prosumer who believes that you’ve got to use the right tool for every job. If you’re reading this, I would guess that you’re still unsure if this is the right product for you. Let me share my experience and I hope it’ll help with your decision process
For my current project, I needed to run two ¾ inch PVC lines in parallel underneath a 12 ft wide circular driveway and one ¾ inch PVC line underneath a 20 ft wide driveway. In search of the right tool, I looked online for recommendations. I found a Sidewalk Tunnel Kit from the local big box store. That worked for a few feet until I hit some rocks, which at that point, the tool was useless. I then tried using a pressure washer with the 0 degree nozzle. That worked for a few more feet until the pressure of the stream dissipated due to distance. I even tried the hypodermic needle method where you taper the leading end of the PVC pipe. This wasn’t very effective at all against what felt like a wall of rocks or concrete. I was tempted at this point to bring out my jackhammer, but decided to look for other solutions before going the Jackhammer route.
That’s when I found the BulletMole. The product description appeared to do what I needed to have done and the online videos showed it in action. The design is simple, modular, and effective. I spoke with Steve, who provided suggestions on which components I would need for my project, after I explained what I wanted to accomplish. I ordered the 2-Car driveway kit plus some additional accessories and waited for it to arrive. When it delivered, I was shocked at how heavy 4 shafts in the case were. After inspecting the individual shafts and the various components, I had no doubt that these could take a ton of punishment and do the job it was designed for.
It was time to put the product to the test. I had a feeling I was up against a wall of rocks or concrete, so I decided to use the jackhammer adapter. I was a bit concerned since the only jack hammer bit I had that would fit was a pointed hex bit. I was worried that I would destroy the jackhammer adapter, but Steve was confident that the adapter would be fine. Boy, was I wrong. It was the other way around. The jackhammer adapter was made with such hardened material that the “hardened” pointed hex bit was the piece that was deformed! With the combination of the Jackhammer bit, a good old fashioned sledge hammer, and Steve’s suggestions, I was able to run all three PVC lines exactly where I needed them to be.
Personally, I’m convinced as to what this product can do. I know I ran into rocks and roots because I’ve seen bits of shredded roots and sheered rocks as I pulled the PVC lines back, with the occasional aid from a high-lift jack. I have no doubt in my mind that I would never have been able to install these lines as easily or as clean as I did without this product.
We had the pleasure of working with Bullet Mole & Dimension Tools recently on a challenging underground project in Huntington Beach. There were five 2” PVC electrical conduits that needed to be run under two large sidewalks. Further complicating matters were existing irrigation and electrical all in the same space the conduitshad to be run.
The Bullet Mole was integral in making this possible. The only other way it could have been done is to have removed the sidewalk entirely, a far more costly alternative. Our client is exceedingly happy with the results, as are we.
Tight Lines Electric, Inc. fully endorses this product and looks forward to saving time and money in the future using our new Bullet Mole System.
President Irvine, CA
I am writing you to let you know that we are very happy with the product. Bullet mole makes our job a lot easier. We have some rough terrains in Massachusetts and this is the perfect tool for it. This tool also come in very handy when we cant bring a compressor close enough to where we need it. Out all things, what I am most impressed with is,
1st: the durability of the tool, we use it every day and it is practically new.
2nd: how straight it shoots, you can precisely determine your receiving pit based on your sending pit.
I am very happy with its overall performance and will be ordering another one soon. Thanks!
Update on our previous endorsement of the Bullet Mole. Having had over 40 years experience in the rental industry, we have seen many “innovative” tools come and go at City Rentals. So, we were definitely cautious when presented with the Bullet Mole. Now, over 4 years later we still find the tool to be a quality and profitable tool. Supported by our customer’s comments and satisfaction, the Bullet Mole meets all our expectations of the fastest and easiest underground boring tool on the market today. Its simple low cost maintenance makes it a carefree tool in our inventory. The savings to our customer comparing the rental cost to a concrete saw and excavator makes it an easy choice. The Bullet Mole is a definite leader in the industry.
President of City Rentals
One Tough "Mole"
I don’t often write about products in this blog. In fact, I don’t think I ever have — until now. What I want to tell you about is a product so simple (and potentially so useful) that it blew me away at the recent California Landscape Contractors Association Trade Show and Conference in LA.
The name of the product is the Bullet Mole. My first thought on hearing the name was that the product is something to kill moles. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Actually the Bullet Mole is an incredibly simple tool. That’s what I love about it; that and it gets the job done without a lot of expense and fuss.
The tool itself looks like a tiny warhead at the end of a metal shaft. This warhead doesn’t explode or anything like that, though, even though it can penetrate and shatter the hardest rock. Made of super tough metal, it makes neat, round openings for installing irrigation pipe and/or wires under sidewalks or driveways. No fuss. No muss.
Quite simply, you dig a small hole at one end of the sidewalk or driveway insert the Bullet Mole, pointy side in the direction of the sidewalk or driveway, than you whack the butt end of the metal shaft with a sledge hammer and it drives the “Mole” (irrigation pipe surrounding the shaft behind it) under the sidewalk or driveway. The force of the falling sledge hammer is enough to drive the “Mole” through clay, rock, just about any material.
Check out the “Mole” at http://bulletmole.com.
(For the record, this product mention was not solicited and was not the result of any freebies or promises by the “Mole” makers and marketers. I just thought it was cool.) — Ron Hall
My name is Richard gasparino.
I'm the owner of Evermist Ltd. lawn sprinklers.
I met Steve Lafontaine over 15 years ago at an Irrigation Association Trade show in Texas. He was the owner and developer of the Bullet Mole. He made an excellent presentation about is product and sold me on the spot. I bought 2 complete kits from him which he sent me after the show was over like he said he would. He has kept his word with me over the past 15 years now. The tools he sells are superior to anyone else's. We have been using the Bullet Mole now for 15 years and will keep on using them. We now have a complete Bullet Mole kit in each and every truck in our fleet I also keep an extra bullet mole kit at the shop just in case. Besides the Bullet Mole being built to last and withstand the abuse our men put it through, Steve has always been their when I call and returned phone calls and followed through with shipping product when we need it a.s.a.p.. This is the way to run a company in America, we need more people like Steve.
Thanks for all your great service through the years.
Evermist Lawn Sprinklers
I have been in the irrigation business for 26 years. Your boring tool has been one of my best investments. Facing very difficult soil conditions, the Bullet Mole has made the last 4 years much better. We are able to go under side walks and sometimes even driveways with much more success and less time than prior years. Thank you for an amazing tool.
I have been using your system for 3 years now and love how easy and simple it is to use. It makes getting across sidewalks and driveways very easy. The longest driveway I have gone across so far has been 30-plus feet in hard compacted clay soil and only took us about 15 to 20 minutes to get across with only a sledgehammer and a little sweat. I would recommend the bullet mole to any landscape contractor who needs to get across any Hardscape without damaging it.
Dear Folks at Bullet Mole,
I want to thank you for engineering such a great tool. For 27 years we've been doing it the hard way. The Bullet Mole makes going under walks and driveways a breeze. My workers actually take turns using this tool and have little contests as to how quickly and accurately they can pass under a walk.
Not only does the Bullet Mole drive easily, but I can't believe how straight and true it travels. If you take a few extra minutes to get the trench dug correctly and line the Bullet Mole up right; it will come out within a couple inches of where you want it. Pretty amazing!
Also, because it penetrates all kinds of tough underground, we now take on some jobs we used to pass on. It has paid for itself easily. I highly recommend this tool. Great product!
We purchased the Bullet Mole after considering it for a few months, watching their videos and speaking at length with Steve at BM.
We are located in Arkansas and the soil conditions are mostly hard red clay and rocks. Our first project with this tool was to install a 2" pvc sleeve under a 43' concrete driveway. The soil on this job wasn't as bad as most of our digs, but it was dense and compacted with rocks throughout. We started driving 6' rods with a sledgehammer and about 3 rods in, we had to use a jackhammer to finish the rest of the install.
It took about 30 minutes to drive approximately 8 rods through that soil.
I am totally sold on the tool and to further make our experience a pleasure, Steve at Bullet Mole involved himself over the phone, educating us on how to properly use the equipment, with tricks of the trade and I'm sure by his experience. I can't say enough good things about this product and the people who proudly make this tool right here in the USA!
Our firm was contracted to install lightning protection system on roughly 60 munitions storage facilities. The project was fairly fast paced and we needed a quick solution to install the new counterpoise ground ring under the existing 2-car driveway. The soil was extremely rocky and Our team was extremely concerned that the Bulletmole would quickly fail from extreme high usage. The concern was so high that our firm purchased a pneumatic mole along with the Bulletmole. Our team and I were blown away by the efficiency of the Bulletmole system. We were able to perform multiple installations with the Bulletmole in the time it took to perform a single installation with the pneumatic mole. The Bullet mole system endured immense punishment without a single failure! Our firm plans to purchase additional kits to standardize on vehicles. I would highly recommend this product.
Jeff D. Reed
JP Electrical Contractors
I highly recommend Bullet Mole if you are considering buying one. As a landscaper using a bullet mole we are able to pass pipes under concrete with relative ease. I can't imagine how much time, effort, and money we have saved using this product. No more demolishing concrete and having to leave and unappealing patch afterward. Using this product is a great alternative to conventional methods of getting around obstacles. Excellent customer service and a fantastic product. Great job Bullet Mole!
-Paul with Ronnys Landscaping Inc.
Los Banos, Ca
High Desert Broadband
Our experience with Bullet Mole has been great. Always on time and knowledgeable communication from Steve. The product has worked as described and we are looking forward to getting another unit in the near future. If you are thinking about purchasing, do not hesitate, the bullet mole will help you do your job easier.
High Desert Broadband.
Hi Steve thank you for this great tool, this is not a tool that you would use every day but when you need to install conduit underground this is the only tool to use, I have used it myself and now I rent this tool to others which also have great success. Thanks Steve. Mark Coombs from Coombs Electric and Construction.
Kellerman Irrigation & Landscape Lighting
I am the owner of an irrigation and landscape lighting company, I bought my 2-Car Driveway Kit 8 years ago from bullet mole. Along with the kit I also purchased multiple spare shafts. I could not begin to tell how amazing this product is. It has saved us countless hours whether we are installing a sleeve under a sidewalk or shooting a bore underneath a driveway. The versatility of this product allows you to be able to shoot bores in very confined spaces where we cannot get a trencher with a boring attachment. I have successfully shot a 30 foot bore with this product and able to hit a whole no wider than a shovel. Also, the step up of sizes with the compression point heads allows you to mike a bore wide enough to fit multiple pipes and wires. One product that came with the kit that I use more than I ever thought I would is the Extraction Chain. After using the bullet mole the tunnel will still sometimes cave in but the Extraction Chain also you to hook up straps or chains to the rods to help give extra leverage to remove with boring rods.
I would most definitely recommend this product to anyone that has tunneling or boring needs. After 8 years I have never needed a replacement part. The product is durable and a necessity.
Kellerman Irrigation & Landscape Lighting
Forever Lawn Services Inc
I have Been using Bullet Mole for a couple years now and this has to be the best tool in my arsenal The most durable time saving easy to use Â tool i have, this tool has cut my work time in half relaxing to use because the tool is so professional grade I would not let my business operate without it these guys are geniuses whom come up with this idea thank you bullet mole you have made my life easier. Forever Yours, Forever Lawn Services Inc.
Forever Lawn Services Inc
InterHome Technologies, Inc
The BulletMole is amazing! We used it when the outdoor temperature was in the teens... the ground was frozen but after busting through the sod to make our trench it was smooth sailing. We used an SDS Max demolition hammer and crossed under a 9' driveway in 35 minutes from the time we aligned the tool and began till we cleared away the dirt from the tip at the other side. The prep and cleanup were an hour atop the mole work but when we were done, the only evidence of our having been onsite were the white flags at either side of the driveway to show where the conduit crossed under. We highly recommend this product and were very pleased with the customer service!RC Watt,
InterHome Technologies, Inc.
They have punched various 40 ft holes made their own extraction plate. Went through a lot of debris. Extraction was difficult. Pea gravel used vacuum. Used 40-60-electric hammers and for 3-5 shafts then used -90 lb. jack hammer for the remainder of the shafts and away it went.