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McLaughlin adds new vacuum excavators for utility market

McLaughlin has introduced two new mid-range vacuum excavators to the underground utility contractor market — the ECO75 truck-mounted vacuum excavator and the VX75 trailer-mounted vacuum excavator — to answer the market's demand for a compact vacuum excavation system with a 5-inch (12.7 cm) boom option that focuses on performance and improved fuel efficiency. 

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Vibratory plow designed for fast cable, fibre and irrigation installation

The new Vermeer SPX25 vibratory plow is designed for fast and efficient cable/fibre and irrigation system installation. It features a full-function remote control that gives the operator a 360-degree view of the jobsite, helping to avoid potential obstacles and an unobstructed view of the product being installed. The SPX25 vibratory plow is compact, powerful and built with tracks to minimize ground disturbance.

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HDD rig introduces new design concepts

The American Augers DD-240T Midi Rig introduced a whole new design concept in horizontal direction drills to the 2017 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE). Many of the features that make the 240,000-pound class HDD rig fully configurable are industry firsts in direct response to HDD contractor input gathered by American Augers in an extensive industry survey.

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New HDD tracking technology reduces risk

While new technologies have continuously improved utility locating and HDD guidance, the tracking process on HDD bores has remained relatively unchanged since the introduction of horizontal directional drilling. Subsite Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company and leader in HDD Guidance System solutions, plans to change that. New technologies from the company have made possible an HDD process they are calling Green Ops that will reduce risk and improve efficiency and profitability on HDD bores.

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Vactor Showcases Next-Generation HXX Vacuum Excavator Concept at 2017 ICUEE

Vactor Manufacturing has unveiled the successor to the legendary Vactor HXX vacuum excavator at the 2017 International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) Show October 3-5, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. The concept vacuum excavation truck makes its first public appearance at Vactor's outdoor exhibit (K381) at the Kentucky Exposition Center. "The new HXX concept showcases our latest design thinking in terms of improvements in payload capacity, weight distribution, operation and performance," said Ben Schmitt, product manager at Vactor Manufacturing. "Our goal in previewing this HXX concept at ICUEE is to gain feedback from customers and other industry professionals before launching the next generation of this truck."

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HammerHead Trenchless launches remote-controlled 22-ton winch at ICUEE

HammerHead Trenchless, a Charles Machine Works company, introduced its new 22-ton, radio remote-controlled HydroGuide® HG2200 cable winch at the 2017 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, Kentucky. The HG2200 completes the HammerHead line of next-generation winches designed for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use in pipe-bursting, slip-lining and pipe-slitting applications.

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Ring-O-Matic introduces largest-capacity PTO vacuum excavator

Ring-O-Matic's has launched its largest-capacity PTO-driven vacuum-excavator system at  ICUEE 2017. The 1300 VXT Extreme/PTO is an ideal vacuum-excavator solution for utility construction, horizontal directional drilling support and mud management, vacuum excavation and daylighting operations preferring a single-engine configuration. The mechanical PTO option offers the benefits of single-engine emissions compliance and single-engine maintenance and a shorter chassis rig with 1,300 gallon spoil capacity.

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Ditch Witch offers next generation AT40 all terrain directional drill optimizes downhole performance in hard rock

To enhance utility contractors' efficiency while drilling and steering in hard rock, Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, has released the new AT40 All Terrain horizontal directional drill (HDD). The machine features an advanced, two-pipe All Terrain drilling system that provides 33 percent more torque than competitive units.  The newly optimized All Terrain drilling system includes multiple patent-pending designs that improve downhole operation. An inner-rod design provides a flush system that improves tool-joint durability and steering in hard rock conditions. To further improve steering and optimize fluid flow, a reliable All Terrain connection reduces the risk of collar damage. 

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DITCH WITCH unveils enhanced, next generation underground construction equipment, parts and technology at ICUEE

The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works company, is planning to unveil a wide variety of new and enhanced underground construction equipment, parts, tools, and technology—all designed to boost productivity at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) Oct. 3-5 in Louisville, Kentucky. 

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Ditch Witch adds keyhole coring technology through Utilicor partnership

Public works managers across the nation have welcomed the use of keyhole coring: a less-costly, safer and less-disruptive approach to underground roadway and sidewalk utility repairs than traditional, large excavation techniques. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, announced a partnership with Utilicor Technologies, Inc. to bring the benefits of advanced keyhole technology and reinstatement to contractors, municipalities and utilities globally. 

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Keys to a smooth running HDD operation

Success in the HDD business is about more than boring a stable hole and completing a successful pullback. It's about running your entire HDD operation like a well-oiled machine. Here are five ways we've seen successful HDD companies make businesses function more smoothly and create lasting success, followed by an example of what to look for in on specific type of tool, the backreamer. 

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