March 2012, Vol. 67 No. 3

Equipment Spotlight

Mud Mixing Systems: Equipment Spotlight

Mud mixing systems from KEMTRON, TT Technologies, Triflo Intl., American Augers, Ditch Witch, Vermeer and Mud Technology Intl.


For over 20 years KEMTRON has been a leader in manufacturing quality, dependable waste management and solids control equipment. Our Packaged Mud Recycling Systems are capable of recycling your drilling fluid from as little as 65 gallons per minute up to1,000 gallons per minute. We continue to lead the industry by streamlining our manufacturing process, innovating product design and providing superior delivery times. As such, KEMTRON has fully committed itself to providing the industry’s most aggressive delivery schedules available. 281.261.5778,

TT Technologies
The Grundomudd portable bentonite mixing/delivery system uses a Venturi mixer/filtration system to quickly mix bentonite and water into slurry. An in-tank re-circulating valve prevents the mixture from settling. The Grundomudd is available in 225-, twin 225-, 500- and 1,000-gallon capacity models. Each self-contained unit comes complete and ready to use. A tank isolation valve allows pump lines to be cleaned without draining the tank(s). All models incorporate easy to clean round poly tanks. 800.533.2078,

Triflo Intl.
The Triflo 3500 has a 3,500-gallon, two-compartment tank that is 7-feet-wide by 20-feet-long by 5-feet-high and is mounted on a heavy duty three beam skid 7-feet-wide by 28-feet-long with pull pipe on each end. The tank includes necessary plumbing for three centrifugal pumps, one mud cleaner and 4-inch mud hopper. Other features include Mud Slides, Dump Gates, Fold Down Catwalk, Handrails, Toe Plate, Grating, Ladder, Lighting and Single Control Panel with Pump and Motor Starters. The 3500 comes with: one TFI 146E Elliptical Shaker and Possum Belly; one TFI 12-4 Low Profile Mud Cleaner over TFI 146E Elliptical Motion Shaker; one TFI 4-inch Mud Hopper; two TFI 4×5 Centrifugal Pump with 30 HP Electric Motor; one TFI 4×5 Centrifugal Pump with 20 HP Electric Motor; and two TFI 2-inch Swivel Type Mud Guns. The flow rate for the Triflo 3500 HDD is 500 GPM. 888.255.2440,

American Augers

The MCR-10000 is a high volume drilling fluid cleaning system that compliments horizontal directional drilling with maxi-rigs. The unit mixes and cleans drilling fluid as well as reduces volume of solids by controlling the overall moisture content. The cleaning system is engineered with three first cut linear motion shakers which permit 900 gpm of maximum cleaning capacity. Two desilting particle separation shakers with four 10-inch hydro-cones allow 1,500 gpm of total cleaning. The Krebs gMax desilting hydro-cones produce finer, sharper particle separations at high capacities. The standard unit is a rock-over design on a tri-axle suspension and is equipped with an onboard 225 kW generator set. Also included are a 5,600 gallon screen tank, a 3,700 gallon clean fluid/mixing tank and a 110 gallon polyethylene fluid tank wash down system. 800.324.4930,

Ditch Witch
The FM25 is a reliable, low-maintenance drilling fluid mixing system that makes short work of the mixing process. Simple design and multiple configuration options accommodate a variety of setups and make transport easy. A 25-hp Kubota diesel engine provides the power and a Venturi wet hopper has steeper sides that allow fast, thorough fluid mixing. Choose between one or two hoppers, either a 500-gallon or 1,000-gallon tank. A fuel fill on both sides, allows flexible setup configurations on a trailer or truck. Optional accessories, including an anti-siphon tank fill and an umbrella kit, enhance the FM25’s versatility 800.654.6481,

The new Vermeer SA400 mud pump provides a continuous flow of drilling fluid at any pump speed during drill operations. Powered by a 350-hp CAT Tier 4 Interim engine, the SA400 joins the Vermeer lineup of maxi horizontal directional drills and reclaimers serving the pipeline installation market. The SA400 features a triplex piston pump system and has a pump capacity up to 435.3 gpm. The pump features a clutch with a continuous duty throw-out bearing to allow extended idle while in neutral, and a suction inlet valve to suspend charged flow during drill rod makeup/breakout. The electrical centrifugal pump for the liner wash keeps the fluid end of the pump cool and lubricated. The onboard open control station and a tethered control box allow the operator to move the control to a different location near the machine. This gives the operator the ability to monitor mud flow rate at any point around the unit, keeping an eye on pump performance wherever it is most convenient. A liner wash tank is integrated into the pump design so that extra water containers or electricity are not needed for machine operation. This also allows for the pump to handle more jobsite debris. 888.837.6337,

Mud Technology Intl.

The MCT-450 is a 450-plus gpm Drill Fluid Mixing & Cleaning System. This unit is equipped with a two section tank, high “G” force linear shakers, 5-inch cones on the desilter bank, high shear/low pressure mixing hopper, and high shear submersed turbo jet guns. The MCT-450 is trailer mounted for easy transport but is also available in a skid mount. Units can be customized to suit specific needs with sizes ranging from 80 gpm to 2,000 gpm and are backed by a one year manufacturer’s warranty. 903.675.3240,

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