Any construction project comes with a good deal of grunt work. When it comes to completing this work, you have a clear choice between brute force and precision accuracy. When you’re wiring up a new home or installing new wiring on an existing property, an essential part of this task is driving the ground rod into a patch of Earth nearby.
Before you risk your own fingers in this endeavour, or worse the fingers and other appendages of an apprentice or coworker, perhaps you should consider adding to the Sluggo-Ox to your toolkit instead.
What is the Sluggo-Ox?
The Sluggo-Ox from Rack-a-Tiers is a manual ground rod driving tool with exceptional craftsmanship. The Sluggo-Ox is made of 3” hot-rolled, heat-treated hardened steel in a single-piece construction that adds to the strength of the tool. With a total weight of 7 lbs., the Sluggo-Ox is easy to wield and effective in use. It works with ¾” to 5/8” ground rods, providing 80% more striking surface courtesy of its yellow-zinc chromate surface that also deters rust.
Wondering if this tool is worth it? Well, there are two alternative means of driving ground rods in the required 8 feet in depth. But if you want to do it the easy way, the Sluggo-Ox is the tool you want. Here’s why.
The Alternative Means of Driving Ground Rods
If you’re in a hurry and opted not to purchase a ground rod driving tool, you could always hold the rod yourself while standing on a ladder and start driving it into the ground. However, you’re going to be aiming a blunt instrument at a narrow-bore tube, increasing the likelihood that your fingers or those of your coworker take more of a beating than the ground rod.
Let’s assume though that you have good aim, you’re still not out of the woods yet. Even if you hit the proverbial nail-on-the-head accurately, sparing the fingers of yourself or your buddy, that doesn’t mean the ground rod you’re driving has fared as well. Odds are pretty good you’re going to miss at least a handful of times. Striking the rod directly isn’t exactly beneficial to its overall health either.
In the end, you are likely to ding, dent, and/or bend the ground rod, leaving you no choice but to cut it off at the top and settle for not making the full 8-foot depth you were shooting for in the first place. Even using a makeshift tool such as an iron pipe with a cap screw doesn’t improve much on the performance. You’ll probably miss a little less, but you may still end up bending or denting the rod.
Make it Easy for Yourself
The Sluggo-Ox is a simple, yet extremely effective tool that helps you get the job done, period. Its 3 ½” bore easily accepts common ¾” and 5/8” ground rods, and it provides you with a wider striking surface so you hit the mark every time. Best of all, you aren’t striking the rod directly, which spares you from damaging the rod, cutting it short, or starting over altogether. It’s a simple tool that makes a difficult job easier.