Vermeer Debuts New Horizontal Directional Drill

(UC) — Vermeer has introduced a new product in its Navigator series of horizontal directional drills. 

The D220x500 S3 delivers up to 54,000 foot pounds (39,828.2 Nm) of torque at a spindle speed of 36 revolutions per minute, 240,400 pounds (1069.4 kN) of thrust/pullback, and fluid flow rates of up to 350 gallons per minute (1324.9 L/min) if the onboard pump is selected.

The D220x500 S3 is available with an onboard cab or stand-alone operator cab, and with a 20-foot to 30-foot (6.1-m to 9.1-m) rod rack. Contractors can also choose between a rod stager or full-length catwalk, as well as add an optional mud pump, crane or hydraulic scissor lift for optimum staging efficiency. 

“The new D220x500 S3 integrates many of the quality features found on the Vermeer D220x300 S3 HDD, but with even more versatility and ramped-up performance,” said Tod Michael, product manager of trenchless products for Vermeer. “This drill is designed to meet the needs of utility contractors performing large-diameter city work, as well as pipeliners that are performing long, large-diameter bores.”

The drill can be configured with a 30-foot (9.1-m) rack giving crews the ability to use a variety of Range 2 drill pipe at various diameters and a range of 29 feet to 32 feet (8.3 m to 9.8 m) in length. This rack configuration can be paired with a rod stager that holds four rods or a full-length catwalk.

If paired with a stand-alone pump, the D220x500 S3 can accommodate 650 gallons per minute (2460.5 L/min) of downhole drilling fluid flow.  

The Vermeer D220x500 S3 is powered by a 415-horsepower (310-kW) Cat C13 ACERT Tier 4 Final engine that runs at 81.2 dB(A). 

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