Case Study – Replacing Galvanized Water Services in Trenton NJ with Spiniello Companies and Kobus Pipe Puller.

6th – 8th July, 2020


As part of the training imparted by Kobus Inc Engineers, we met with Spiniello Companies at their site in Trenton NJ where they have been awarded a project by Trenton Water to remove a large number of old galvanized services. The purpose of this visit is to ensure our customers are fully trained on our Technology and Pipe Puller, that the best practices on Health and Safety are met and finally give advise from our own experience gained after years of pulling in different countries, materials and soil conditions

All pipes removed were either 3/4″ or 1″ galvanized steel and they were replaced with 3/4″ or 1″ copper. The typical lengths of the services were between 15 and 30 ft only between the main and curb stop. Driveways, soil and substrate varied from moist to dry, hard and compacted clay at depths of 4 to 6 ft. Over ten services were replaced during the two day training on site, large excavations were avoided and surface damage was kept to a minimum with holes averaging 3x4ft at main and 3x2ft at curb stop. The road remained closed due to the heavy machinery deployed, also enabling a few crews to work simultaneously on various services at any given time.

Duration of actual pulls varied from 3 to 5 minutes depending on soil conditions. We utilized both the cables commercialized by Kobus Inc, the 14 mm (approx 9/16″) and the 10 mm (approx 3/8″) depending on lengths, service diameter and soil conditions to good effect.


Whilst training, attention is always on H&S and supervision of the crews, therefore high productivity is not pursued. This is something the crews will gain with time and continuous use of The Kobus Pipe Puller. Nevertheless, due to the eagerness and commitment of the crew and management, over 10 services were replaced and some innovative work performed. This innovation consisted on the extraction of one service but towed two services simultaneously, halving the amount of time from what it is a quick method already. Since there is no mandate to remove old pipes from the ground by Trenton Water, this seemed a good way forward to increase productivity.

Over the training period, we experienced no set backs, cable failure nor Pipe Puller issues. No strikes with neighboring utilities were recorded either. Training was carried out by certified Kobus Inc Personnel with ample experience on the Pipe Puller and technique, ensuring safety standards were in place at all times.

Feed back:

Spiniello has been continuing the Pipe Pulling since training was completed to good results, and productivity is already on the up to ensure timely completion of the targets set by Trenton Water.

Kobus Inc’s First Successful Year End of Trading from Michigan USA.

30th June, 2020
Last week saw the arrival of our shipment container of new components and assembly works have already begun on the next batch of the Award Winning KPP400. This follows as a result of the swift sales of our previous stock to new and returning customers.
Customers using this technology are seeing firsthand the advantages of this unique technique that is both safe and quick, saving them time and money on ‘open cut’ service line replacements. The results are speaking for themselves, as many are now ordering second, third or even forth machines for their growing number contracts and crews. Numerous inquires are coming in for this next batch, of which a few machines have already been reserved for July delivery.

Please click on our video page or visit our You Tube Channel Kobus Inc, to see how this KPP 400 trenchless technology innovation can assist your company in the Fast, Safe and Cost-Effective replacement work of Water and Gas Service Lines.

Want to know more? Simply contact us via our website ‘ Contact’ page, where you can submit a form, email us at or call the office on 1 269 216 3916

Opening Sales to a New State- Arizona
28th April, 2020
Our KPP400 aka ‘Nova’ has been carefully packed away ready for collection to take her to her new home in Arizona.
This sale comes following the successful exhibition at the Las Vegas Con Expo 2020 show back in March. Our Company President Tom (Atienza) said, ‘It is always reassuring and exciting when dealing with a new State, it goes to show that we have done our homework and the advantages of having our technology is spreading across the Country’.
Please contact us if you want to know more email us at
Las Vegas 2020
Las Vegas Here We Come!
27th February, 2020
One of our Kobus KPP400 has been packed away and sent off to Las Vegas.
Kobus will be exhibiting in the South Hall 2 at Booth S63401 at the ConExpo 2020 show between the dates of 10th to 14th March.
We are displaying our award winner pipe puller at our booth, so please don’t forget to pop along and have a look!
For further information please fill in your details on our ‘Contact Us’ online form within this website and we will get back to you.
Our New Facility is Taking Shape
5th February, 2020
It’s now three weeks into the set up of Kobus Inc in Kalamazoo MI and we are making good progress with the assembly area, storage area and our offices will be completed soon. Machine frames are on the assembly- jigs, ready to start the assembly of more KPP400 next week, as we have sold three more machines destined for Denver Co and another two more machines for an existing customer in Canada.
Please contact us if you want to know more email us at
Denver State get their hands on our KPP 400 Unit
20th January, 2020
The KPP 400 ‘Rose’ is already in her box, with all the accessories and cables, waiting for UPS to show up for delivery into Denver CO. Our latest customer will be trained and very soon be pulling lead lines from the area. If you want to know more about our award winning Trenchless Technology please complete our contact form on the website, call our Toll Free number or drop us an email to
For Water or Gas Service Line of Copper, Lead, Steel or Plastic …… Don’t Trench It…. Kobus Pull It!
Kobus Presents at the JSTT in Tokyo
November 19, 2019
Today Kobus  presented our Award Winning KPP400 Pipe Puller at the Japan Society for Trenchless Technology in Tokyo.
Out of the 90 applications, only 15 companies have been invited to present at the convention in front of Japans Leaders in Trenchless Technology.
Our Group Operations Director Tom Atienza has taken up this opportunity to not only present, but also looking to get acquainted with the Water and Gas Service main players in Japan.
The Japan Society for Trenchless Technology (JSTT) aid with the research, design, inspection, maintenance and management of underground pipeline facilities such as electric power, gas, communication, water supply, with the aim of contributing to the enhancement of public welfare and the realization of a safe and comfortable social environment through the spread and development of non-open-cutting technologies.
Another PipePuller Dispatched to Illinois
November 12, 2019
This week another KPP400 has left for Morris in Illinois, making Illinois the No 1 State for the Pipepuller population.
Kobus Inc Operations VP Tom Meets with Local Edo’s in Michigan.
October 29,2019
Working to help Kobus Inc become firmly established within the Kalamazoo and Michigan Community.
Following a worthwhile meeting with Michigan Economic Development Corporation at their main offices in Lansing Mi, this week Tom Atienza has met with the local Environmental Development Organisation to discuss the great opportunity of working with local trades, suppliers and other Municipalities across the Michigan State and beyond.


Large Cable Orders are a plenty
October 17,2019
Our Customers are making the most of the current mild weather and ordering our Kobus Cable to continue with the huge issue in replacing Lead Service Pipes in America. The Kobus Cable is designed and made to our special specification to work in conjunction with our Pipe Puller’s…..the strength of our cable is superior.

KOBUS win Innovative Products Award

KOBUS SERVICES are delighted to announce that the business has won the Abbotts Innovative Products Award for their KPP400 series Pipe Puller at the recent NASTT No Dig Show in Chicago.    The award, bestowed by a specially selected judging panel, was given during the show in appreciation of the truly ground-breaking and innovative nature of the product.   The

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Flint lead pipe replacement program delayed

Michigan State threaten to pull plug on funding Progress on the lead pipe replacement program in Flint, MI, has apparently been delayed during 2018 due to a change in how the location of lead pipes is being undertaken.  The Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, has reportedly changed the method of identifying which properties have lead

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NASTT No Dig Show – March 2019

Kobus will be exhibiting at the NASTT No Dig Show in Chicago March 18th – 20th 2019 We are delighted to announce that KOBUS will be exhibiting at the North American Society of Trenchless Technology ‘No Dig Show’ in Chicago March 18th to 20th 2019. This will be our first exhibition in the USA and

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