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American Augers DD-240T Midi Rig

The DD-240T Midi Rig introduced a whole new design concept in horizontal directional drills when it was launched late last year. 

The Range 2 rig's 52.6-foot length (20-foot pipe version, 40 feet) and width of just 8.2 feet make it as easy to transport as it is to set up and take down, even though it has more production capability than many units with larger dimensions. Maximum thrust and pullback force are rated at 240,000 pounds, with 30,000 foot-pounds of rotary torque at 50 rpm. Maximum rotary torque is 43,900 foot-pounds at 37 rpm. The unit's 523-hp Mercedes Tier 4 Final engine supports running rotary torque, push/pull and on-board fluid pump all at high levels without having to prioritize one function over others. 

The unique, modular design gives customers a wide array of configurations beginning with choice of frame size to accommodate Range 2 pipe or 20-foot pipe. The DD-240T can be ordered with or without on-board fluid pump, with pipe-loader or full-length manway. The patented, moveable cab comfortably accommodates both driller and wireline operator and can be set off-board to reduce vibration conveyed to the operating compartment or on board to work in confined spaces.

Ditch Witch AT40 All Terrain Directional Drill

To help equip utility contractors with the latest technology for optimal drilling productivity, the Ditch Witch organization added the new AT40 All Terrain directional drill to its fleet. The machine's raw power, provided by a 160-gross-hp, Tier 4 Cummins diesel engine, gives operators 20 more horsepower in a smaller footprint over competitive 15-foot drill-pipe models in its class, Ditch Witch states. The unit also minimizes pipe-entry distance, providing operators increased drill pipe support as it enters the ground. 

The optimized carriage speed gives contractors strong cycle times for faster utility installations. It holds up to 600 feet of drill pipe on board allowing for longer bores and increased ROI. 

The drill can install pipe in the most challenging conditions thanks to a patented two-pipe All Terrain drilling system that delivers more power to the bit than any other rock-drilling system in its class, according to the manufacturer. The All Terrain technology also helps to increase mud flow and power.

Vermeer D40x55DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill

The D40x55DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill delivers excellent productivity in a broad range ground conditions, from hard, medium and soft rock to loamy/dirt and clay. This new rock drill features Vermeer dual rod technology that uses an inner rod to provide torque to the drill bit, while the outer rod offers steering capability and rotation torque for reaming. The combination provides powerful downhole cutting action and the flexibility to select the appropriate tooling to best match the ground conditions. 

Powered by a 140-hp John Deere diesel engine, the drill serves up 40,000 pounds (177.9 kN) of thrust/pullback and 5,500 ft.-lb. (7,457 Nm) of rotational torque. It can carry 500 feet of drill rods on board. It features a carriage speed of 115 fpm (35 mpm), low guaranteed sound power rating of 104 dBA and similar controls and components to other Vermeer horizontal directional drills.

Toro DD2226 Directional Drill

The DD2226 directional drill delivers 2,600 foot-pounds of rotational torque and 22,000 pounds of thrust and pullback for outstanding versatility, allowing the machine to pull back and turn larger reamers in tough ground conditions. Dual rear stabilizers provide stability in uneven terrain.

For maximum convenience, the DD2226 is also equipped with next-generation TDOS-1 Operating System software, featuring the new SmartTouch control mode. SmartTouch streamlines pipe handling by allowing the operator to advance through the pipe handling process with a touch of a rocker switch on the joystick. It's designed to be easier for both new and experienced operators to learn. In addition, using SmartTouch allows operators to reduce the pipe loading cycle times. 

The TDOS-1 Operating System provides a variety of new control options, with all drill information on one easy-to-read display screen. Features include advanced cruise control with engine droop, torque, thrust and pressure settings.

Other operator-friendly features include an optimized joystick design with responsive thrust and torque control. Key functions are controlled from the joystick, enabling operators to keep their hands on the joysticks for faster operation. Dual or single joystick operation is possible.

The DD2226 offers capacity for 400 feet of 10-foot pipe. The cam-style pipe loading system allows operators to rotate pipe in the basket. Additionally, the cam-style system provides the ability for additional pipe to be side-loaded for bores that extend beyond 400 feet. 

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Vermeer's new Navigator horizontal directional drill designed to deliver in rocky, congested environments

The new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) integrates dual-rod technology into a compact machine design to efficiently maneuver through rock in congested cities, busy neighborhoods or tight jobsites. Featuring a class-leading narrow footprint and a weight of 16,500 pounds (7,484 kg), the D23x30DR S3 is the lightest rock drill on the market and is well suited for fibre, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as other challenging ground conditions.

Vacuum excavation reduces potential damage to existing underground utilities

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Vermeer introduces new MX300 mixing system

The right-sized mixing system is key for drilling operations. With a redesigned, slim rectangular profile tank, the new Vermeer MX300 mixing system helps horizontal directional drilling (HDD) contractors optimize productivity and offers customizable mounting configuration options. Equipped with a 23 hp (17.2 kW) Kohler ECH 7300 EFI gas engine that outputs 350 gpm (1,324.9 Lpm) of flow, the MX300 mixing system power unit can be paired with up to two tanks at once to help decrease time spent mixing and refilling drilling fluid tanks. The unit's narrow rectangular tank design also helps maximize fluid volume, and a small footprint can help with convenient transporting and storage.

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multiVIEW Locates celebrates 30 years

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Ditch Witch displays low-maintenance rental equipment at ARA Show

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Vactor introduces TRUVAC brand of vacuum excavators

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Vermeer Corporation acquires Vac-Tron Equipment, LLC

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Cansel acquires Trenchless Utility Equipment precision locating business

Cansel, a software, hardware, and service provider to engineering, surveying, construction, architecture, government and printing industries announced today that it has acquired the precision location business of Trenchless Utility Equipment Inc. in Ontario and Alberta.  First established in 1992, Trenchless Utility Equipment Inc. was formed to specialize in the relatively new Horizontal Directional Drill Industry. Over the years the company has become a leader in protecting underground utility infrastructure. 

Microtunneling taps fresh water for B.C. project

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Ditch Witch updates fluid management systems to improve HDD productivity

The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has updated its line of fluid management systems to increase productivity and reduce costs on horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobsites. These advanced models incorporate new design features to meet the highest standards for jobsite productivity, improved drilling fluid flow, increased durability, and faster mixing cycles and yield times.

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DitchWitch partners with MetaFLO on distribution of solidification reagents

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Heavy-duty trencher from Ditch Witch offers purpose-built design

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, introduced its largest trencher to date, the HT275, to boost productivity and versatility on a broad range of trenching jobs. The unit was designed to increase year-over-year return on investment (ROI) on water, sewer, gas, power and underdrain installations, pipeline distribution and other heavy-duty trenching tasks.

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Nepal's first tunnel boring machine, a 5.06 m (16.6 ft) diameter Robbins Double Shield, is living up to the nation's high expectations. The TBM, supplied in summer 2017 for the Bheri Babai Diversion Multipurpose Project (BBDMP), recently bored over 1,000 m (3,280 feet) in one month and has been averaging an impressive 800 m (2,630 feet) per month. The project is owned by the Government of Nepal's Department of Irrigation (DOI) and operated by contractor China Overseas Engineering Group Co. Ltd. Nepal Branch (COVEC Nepal).

Certified training program from Ditch Witch aids novice and expert vacuum excavation operators

As vacuum excavators expand use beyond horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobsites to other industrial applications such as microtrenching, operators require new technology, tools and information to be productive and safe on the job. Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, recently introduced the Ditch Witch Certified Vacuum Excavation Training program to help both novice and experienced operators maintain performance and safety when using vacuum excavators on today's diverse jobsites.

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The new Vermeer MUD Hub slurry solidification system helps control the costs, time and complexity of drilling fluid management. Using the new Vermeer ST2000 slat tank and the Surface to Surface (STS) FL-243 solidification mixer, the Vermeer MUD Hub helps create stackable material for convenient transfer and disposal. 

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Ground penetrating radar systems need tough tablets to endure harsh conditions

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