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A new era in horizontal directional drilling with the S3 Navigator HDD line

Vermeer Corporation

A new era in horizontal directional drilling with the S3 Navigator HDD line

Vermeer has introduced its first horizontal directional drill with a Tier 4 Final engine. The D9x13 S3 Navigator HDD — the first of the S3 generation of drills features improved hydraulic efficiency and enhanced speed for greater drilling performance. The D9x13 S3 is designed for installation of utilities such as communication, power, gas and water, as well as some limited sewer applications. With the smallest footprint in its class, this machine is ideal for installation projects in congested urban areas.

“The D9x13 S3 is an evolution from its Series II predecessor, thanks in large part to customer feedback,” said Jon Kuyers, Vermeer underground global product manager. “Over the past year, Vermeer put the D9x13 S3 through a battery of factory and customer testing. There are a number of hydraulic enhancements to make this drill an efficient and low-weight machine.”

The D9x13 S3 has a 44-horsepower (32.8 kW) Kubota Tier 4 Final engine, delivering 9,000 pounds (4082.3 kg) of thrust/pullback and 1,300 foot-pounds (1762.5 Nm) of rotational torque. A new hydrostatic hydraulic system for the thrust and rotation circuits increases the system efficiency, allowing better use of engine horsepower and increasing the D9x13 S3 productivity. This new hydraulic system also improves the ground drive speed by 60 percent over its predecessor, allowing the drill to move to various jobsites more efficiently.

Drilling speed has been improved with a 30 percent faster carriage speed than its predecessor, operating up to 188 feet (57.3 m) per minute. Rotational speed is also increased to 190 rpm. An onboard pump delivers drilling fluid at 15 gallons (56.8 L) per minute at 750 psi (51.7 bar).

The D9x13 S3 is ergonomically designed for maximum operator comfort. Electronic joysticks ease operator fatigue and helps improve efficiency. All S3 Navigator drills will have the new common control platform. This allows drill operators the ability to operate a variety of drills, and limits the time needed for training.

The D9x13 S3 will be available through the Vermeer global dealer network on Nov. 1, 2013.


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1210 Vermeer Road East
Pella, IA
US, 50219


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