September 2011, Vol. 66 No. 9

Equipment Spotlight

HDD Rigs: Equipment Spotlight

HDD rigs from American Augers, TT Technologies, Vermeer, Ditch Witch, Astec Underground and Barbco.

American Augers
Directional Drill 1100 Rapid Setup (DD-1100RS) with optional rod-loader is the latest concept from American Augers. Maxi-Rig Rapid Setup is engineered to solve the issue of positioning large equipment quickly and easily. The American Augers Rapid Setup consists of very few steps: (1) positioning the front and rear foot; (2) positioning the rig at the jobsite; (3) lowering the arms to the rear foot; (4) moving the dolly; (5) disconnecting the tractor; (6) raising the rig; and (7) inserting pins at two different angles to complete the rapid setup. 800.324.4930,

TT Technologies
The compact design of the Grundodrill 4X makes it an ideal choice for residential service and “last mile” operations. Designed for residential service, small diameter main installations, last mile operations and gas pipeline applications, the compact Grundodrill 4X offers 9,800 pounds of thrust and pullback. The drill features a dual hydrostatic pump system and a four-auger stake down system that provides greater stability. The Grundodrill 4X also comes with the exclusive Smart Vice system that performs vice cycling operations automatically. The 4X’s special steel track with bonded rubber pads offers excellent traction and durability while minimizing potential damage to concrete and turf. An integral braking system adds safety to every job. 800.533.2078,

Ditch Witch
The JT5 compact horizontal directional drilling is designed specifically for shallow installations of cable, fiber and water systems up to 150 feet in length beneath roads, driveways, sidewalks, sensitive landscaping and other surface obstacles. With only 35.9 inches wide and 120 inches long, the machine can access and work in back yards and other small areas. Key features include dual anchors; 5,000 pounds of pullback; rack-and-pinion thrust drive; patented vise wrenches for centering pipe during make-up; electrically-operated pipe lubrication system; on-board drilling fluid system develops maximum pressure of 750 psi with maximum flow rate of 5 gpm; and operator’s station with stationary seat provides excellent visibility, easy to identify and reach controls, automatic fluid shut-off control and remote tracker display. Specially designed drill pipe joints are 59 inches long and have a bend radius of up to 70 feet, enabling pilot bores to be leveled at shallow depths. A JT5 package is available that includes a drill unit, fluid mixing system and trailer. 800.654.6481,

The D36x50 Series II NAVIGATOR HDD offers 10 foot and 15 foot rack options. With the highest power-to-size ratio in its class and a rack and pinion design, the D36x50 Series II is built to perform a wide range of medium-diameter, mid-to-long-distance utility installations. Powered by a John Deere diesel 4045 Tier II turbocharged engine, the D36x50 Series II provides 5000 foot-pounds of torque to turn cutting tools in difficult ground conditions and with larger backreamers. The high torque, combined with a 50 gpm variable flow onboard mud pump and 36,000 pounds of pullback force, provides the capability of performing a wide range of bores. An optional 70-gpm variable flow onboard mud pump is also available. Carrying 600 feet of one-piece FIRESTICK II drill stem in 15-foot lengths, or 500 feet of one-piece FIRESTICK II drill stem in 10-foot lengths, this horizontal directional boring machine also provides a state-of-the-art operator’s station ergonomically designed for comfort and efficiency. 888.837.6337,

Astec Underground
The Astec EarthPro Series DD3238 provides 32,000 pounds of thrust/pullback force with the capability of up to 3,800 foot-pounds of rotary torque. The maximum rotary speed can reach up to 225 rpm. The drill weighs 20,000 pounds and is 247 inches long by 89 inches wide. The DD3238 is powered by a 125-hp John Deere turbocharged diesel engine. It also has an onboard FMC mud pump that can pump up to 47 gpm at up to 1,500 psi. The floating carriage is capable of two speeds, including a 120 ft/min fast mode for adding and removing rods. The DD3238 uses 10-foot drill stem and can carry up to 500 feet of pipe. The powered pipe greaser and state-of-the-art rod loader are standard features, as are the floating open-top vise wrenches. 800.527.6020,

Barbco’s Maxi Rig is a track mounted 500,000-pound push/pull directional drill with an onboard Driller/Surveyor cab. Barbco offers directional drills in 60,000, 100,000, 120,000, 250,000, 500,000 and 750,000 pounds push/pull on tracks. Maxi rigs are also available on a trailer up to one million pounds. Barbco also will customize directional drills to suite your needs. 800.448.8934,

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