Laying underground cables | Machines for environmentally friendly cable laying

Trenchless cable laying is a real challenge. Our cable plough systems are environmentally friendly, efficient and ideal for laying underground cables. Our machines can lay up to 10,000 metres per day.

The advantages of our machines:

  • Enormous pulling power of our mobile winches - up to 180 tonnes.

    The main advantage of our underground cable laying machines is the enormous pulling force of the mobile winches of up to 180 tons. This tractive force makes it possible to lie low, medium or high voltage cables at a depth of up to 2.5 metres. Up to 3 systems can be laid at the same time, including cover tapes, earthing wire, warning tapes and fibre opics.

    Alternative trench and ploughing methods reach their performance limits at a certain point. After a certain laying depth has been reached, the necessary self-force to move forward is lacking. This is no problem for FOECK machines due to the high tractive forces, even difficult ground conditions are no obstacle.

  • Environmentally friendly cable laying

    Another advantage of laying underground cables with our FOECK special machines is that the machines adapt to all terrain. This is made possible by the hydraulically adjustable outriggers of the plough. Thanks to the adjustment, the FOECK machines cause significantly less damage to the field.

    A great advantage of the laying plough technique is that no preparatory work damaging to nature is required (such as removing topsoil, trees and bushes, etc.). No soil is excavated, thus avoiding soil structure changes and subsequent compaction. This makes the process significantly more environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable than laying using the traditional method.

    Another environmental advantage, compared to long-lasting construction sites, is the low fuel consumption and the associated low CO2 emissions. With plough laying, only about 50 litres of diesel fuel are consumed per 1,000 metres of laying distance. By comparison, laying the same distance with a milling machine consumes around 3 times more diesel fuel and laying with an excavator up to 10 times more.

  • Time & cost savings

    The conventional method of cable laying involves milling, drilling or excavating. These processes are very laborious, take time and are associated with high costs. In comparison, FOECK machines work more efficiently and save costs: underground cable laying can be carried out 10 to 20 times faster. This saves a lot of time.

    Conventional laying requires construction sites that last for days. This results in high costs, which you can save with the FOECK laying system.

    Obstacles such as ditches, rock layers or water crossings are no problem for our machines. The work is not hindered by them. Thanks to the hydraulically adjustable ripper shoe, the desired depth can be maintained continuously, even with changing soil conditions. This allows work to be carried out without interruption and avoids costly reworking.

    Ploughing close to obstacles is no problem for the machines. The underground cables can also be laid at short distances from objects such as walls or traffic signs. 


  • Environmentally friendly cable laying
  • Pulling forces of up to 180 tonnes
  • 10 - 20 times faster than other methods

We are pleased to advise you

Would you like to learn more about the FOECK laying system? Then we look forward to hearing from you by phone, e-mail or via our contact form. You are also welcome to arrange a consultation with us in which we present technical details of our products.

Walter Föckersperger, Managing Director
Phone: +49(0) 8742 43897-0


Request cable plough directly

This is what a project process looks like:

  1. Every project is preceded by a comprehensive, personal and detailed consultation so that we know which underground cables have to be laid where and when. We show our customers all the technical details, cost breakdowns and project procedures.
  2. After the consultation, we offer a documented inspection of the construction site if required. This provides a precise overview of the possibilities and the upcoming ploughing work.
  3. After our customers have decided on our underground cable laying machines, the equipment is prepared and dispatched to the site.
  4. Our team is available for about 5 days to familiarize the new machine operators and project managers with our machines. We place a lot of emphasis on providing correct technical training to everyone involved.


For whom are our cable ploughs useful?

Our machines are operate in many areas. Our customers and partners include:

  • Construction companies use our underground cable laying systems for laying cables in civil engineering.
  • Network providers rely on our machines, e.g. for broadband expansion.
  • Various service providers work with our machines. Here, the application scenarios range from infrastructure construction to water supply and sewage disposal to the construction of pipelines. Even steel pipes can be pulled in with the torpedo method.

Applications of our machines in the field of underground cable laying

With FOECK's special machines, laying underground cables in water as well as in rocky or clayey soils is no problem. Similarly, the plough can easily get through sand, swamp or even boulders. FOECK's laying ploughs also adapt easily to hilly landscapes. Our system is also often used in nature reserves.

The ploughing method is used to connect small villages to the power grid as well as for large installations with high-voltage lines. It does not matter whether the power lines are DC or AC.

The underground cables can either be laid directlyor they can be laid in leeward pipes, in which the underground cables are pulled in afterwards..

Excerpt of completed projects

  • Laying of a high-voltage line in Magdeburg
  • Laying of underground cables for solar fields in Hungary
  • Underground cable laying of the lines of a wind farm in Chile
  • Laying of 380 KV power lines in the Netherlands


Here you can find our picture gallery for the laying of power lines.

When does the use of FOECK machines start to pay off?

The use of our systems is worthwhile from both an economic and an ecological point of view. Due to the high tractive force of up to 180 tonnes, FOECK machines work 10 to 20 times faster than other laying methods when laying underground cables.

Is the soil destroyed during underground cable laying?

When using our laying system, the route only has to be passed through once. This means that the soil only comes into contact once with the towing vehicle or the cable plough.

With conventional methods, several vehicles are usually involved and the route is therefore driven over more frequently. Excavation and backfilling of the soil, and thus soil compaction, are also not necessary when laying cables with our special machines. Another advantage for the environment is the significantly lower CO2 emissions during installation.

How fast is the laying of underground cables?

Underground cables are laid at a daily rate of up to 10 kilometres. In individual cases, the speed of laying and thus the daily output depends on the type of line and cable. According to a rule of thumb, the laying speed can in principle be compared to walking speed. The underground cable diameter plays a major role. A thicker cable with a larger diameter requires more set-up time and the laying speed is reduced somewhat due to the increased effort required.

The preparation of the construction site and the condition of the soil are also important factors. For this reason, site preparation is also the subject of our training and consulting.

At what depth must underground cable be laid?

The depth at which underground cables must be laid depends on the properties of the cables. In the case of power cables, a higher voltage requires a deeper laying. While cables below one kilovolt can be laid at a depth of 60 centimetres, higher voltages require more depth of laying. In the vicinity of a road, cables are typically laid deeper to eliminate risks. Since FOECK machines allow laying at a depth of up to 2.5 metres, corresponding risks can be eliminated here.

We have been working for you worldwide for more than 65 years

Walter Föckersperger GmbH is a specialized manufacturer of machines for trenchless cable and pipe laying. Our family-run company is based in Pauluszell, Bavaria, and has more than 60 years of experience. To date, more than 420,000 kilometres of pipes and cables have been laid worldwide using FOECK machines.


The next step: Get personal advice on underground cable laying

Comprehensive advice is a matter of course for us. We inform, advise and train our partners and customers from the initial contact to the completion of the project. We are personally available to our customers throughout the entire process. Please contact us:

Tel. +49(0) 8742 43897-0