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LP reamer introduced to HDD market

Center Rock’s new HDD-LP Pull Reamer has evolved after many years of success with its LP (Low Profile) canister drill product line. The LP product line has proven to be very efficient in drilling the hardest rock formations around the world. Now, Center Rock is introducing this product into the HDD market.

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Toro Introduces DD4050 Horizontal Directional Drill

Building on the solid performance of the Toro DD4045 horizontal directional drill (HDD), Toro has introduced the newest addition to its horizontal directional drill (HDD) product line — the DD4050. The HDD unit offers a number of new features to complement the existing HDD product line, including increased rotary torque, re-styled guarding around the stake-down area, and a software upgrade to Toro Drill Operating System, or TDOS 1.

Toro Introduces New Drill Operating System, TDOS 1

The Toro Company has introduced TDOS 1, an all-new software operating system for Toro’s DD4050 horizontal directional drill (HDD). The new software will provide a number of added features to HDD operators including streamlined drill controls, intuitive navigation, and single-screen display of all key information – such as tool rotation speed, engine RPM, thrust, torque, and drilling fluid flow and pressure.

B&T Drainage Inc. Named Winner of Vermeer Ultimate Crew Contest at ICUEE

The judges’ votes are in. B&T Drainage Inc. from Marshall, Illinois, has been named the winner of the Ultimate Crew contest, sponsored by Vermeer. B&T Drainage bested three other crews during the Ultimate Crew Underground Showdown, a live drilling competition held at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

LaValley Introduces TONGHAND Exit-Side Wrench Attachment at ICUEE

LaValley Industries’ new TONGHAND exit-side wrench attachment provides horizontal directional drillers with a safer, more efficient way to torque up and break pipe joints, reamers and subs. The TONGHAND hydraulic attachment’s patented rotation arms, gullwing design and integral TongVise are controlled by a single operator inside the safety and comfort of any 30-ton excavator. An in-cab display allows the operator to monitor and adjust all functions of TONGHAND operation, including the specified torque value. The TONGHAND works with pipe tool joints ranging in size from 6.5 to 10 inches.

Know Your Directional Drilling Bits

HDD rock drilling brings with it a number of technical challenges. The bidding process alone is challenging because often the customer who is requesting bids has little information available about ground formations. Many drilling contractors find themselves conjecturing about what kinds of conditions they will encounter on many jobs, especially when they’re unfamiliar with the area.

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Sidewalker Redesign Increases Convenience, Power, Speed

Installing short utility runs beneath landscaping, driveways and sidewalks can be done even more efficiently – and faster – with newly redesigned Sidewalker earth-piercing tools by HammerHead Trenchless Equipment. Both 2 ½- and 3-inch Sidewalker models received upgrades, which include the patented HammerHead quarter-turn Power Port Reverse feature and patented Debris Free Tailcone. The 3-inch Sidewalker now has a uniform profile along its entire length, increasing striker size and boosting impact power.

Vermeer Announces Ultimate Crew Contest Finalists

Vermeer has introduced the Ultimate Crew contest finalists. Four crews from across North America are headed to the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky, where they will compete in the Underground Showdown live skills competition. B&T Drainage Inc., from Marshall, Illinois, Martin Hildreth Company Inc., from Rockwell City, Iowa Precision Underground Inc., from Bismarck, North Dakota Tru Tek Drilling, from Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania

TT Technologies Offering New Prime Drilling HDD Rig

TT Technologies, is now offering the latest Prime Drilling HDD drill rig with 135,000 lbs. (600 kN) of pullback. The new Prime Drilling PD 60/30 is compact, yet powerful and technically advanced. Because the unit is self-contained, transport and set up times are greatly reduced time. The unit features a specially designed, space-saving, onboard high-pressure pump ideal for greater maneuverability and jobsite flexibility.

Pipe Express: fast installation through groundwater

Herrenknecht’s newly developed semi-trenchless method for pipeline installation has completed its third successful mission. South of Stockholm, using Pipe Express, Züblin Scandinavia AB installed a water pipeline more than a kilometre in length within 12 days. Groundwater lowering was not required despite a water level just below the terrain’s surface. Compared to conventional open cut construction the method has significantly less impact on the environment, while simultaneously minimizing costs.

Pipe dope ... facts and fiction

One of the last things that you think about when preparing for any drilling job is grease, but in reality, it should be one of the first. Inadequate lubrication can result in lost time, as well as money on a drilling rig. Using the wrong compound can also be as costly.

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Vermeer announces Ultimate Crew contest semifinalists

Vermeer Corporation has introduced the Ultimate Crew contest semifinalists. Eight crews from across North America are one step closer to winning a trip to the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2015 where they will compete for the grand prize package — which includes the use of a Vermeer D24x40 Series II Navigator® horizontal directional drill for 12 months and the chance to be featured in future Vermeer marketing efforts.

New HammerHead R600 Completes Range Of ROUGHNECK Rock Drilling Systems

HammerHead Trenchless Equipment has introduced the HammerHead ROUGHNECK R600, the largest of its pneumatic percussion drilling systems for use in horizontal directional drilling applications. Designed for drilling solid rock with bit diameters of 7.25 to 8 inches, the R600 gives HDD contractors the ability to complete larger diameter bores in fewer passes as well as access to a wider range of single-pass boring applications.

Technologies Offers Effective Trenchless Gas Line Splitting Methods

TT Technologies, offers a wide range of plastic pipe splitting heads developed by working directly with gas utilities to create optimum splitting head configurations. The designs are capable of splitting and replacing plastic gas service and main lines from ½-inch to 4 inches in diameter. The hardened heat-treated steel cutting blades are available in various designs and sizes to best match the type of plastic host pipe, as well as soil conditions. For service line splitting, the splitting heads are paired with a Mini Grundotugger winch or pulled with a backhoe. For main line splitting, a larger Grundowinch cable pulling system is used.

Large diameter pipe ram leaves highway undisturbed in Alberta

Design engineers, with the help of contractors and equipment manufacturers, are pushing the limits on pipe size and drive lengths for pipe ramming projects. Much care and planning are necessary for a project to be successful like one recently competed by In-Ling Contracting Ltd. The project, in Fort McMurray, Alberta, involved installing a 3,657 mm by 72 m long steel creek drainage line under Highway 63. In-Ling Contracting Ltd., was contracted to perform the work.

Scenic places, tight spaces

Imagine owning a million-dollar home in an affluent neighbourhood, situated along the Canadian shore of scenic Lake Ontario, where the only thing standing between you and an unobstructed view of a spectacular evening sunset is – of all things – a sewer pump station.

Tar Star Helps Overcome Drilling Challenges, Minimizes Waste

In the fall of 2014, Direct Horizontal Drilling started an HDD project involving the installation of a 750-mm (30-inch) pipeline under a deep valley next to a residential area in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The project involved installing a water and sewer line under Goat Head Creek, after drilling a pilot hole and reaming to 1,067 mm (42 inches) through reactive clay and shale, as well as rich oil sand and limestone.

D20X22 S3 Navigator HDD

The new D20x22 S3 Navigator HDD is a small footprint machine yet one that is able to increase productivity when working in urban or tight jobsites. A 74-hp Deutz engine powers the machine and is capable of 12 percent greater power compared to its predecessor, the D16x20 Series II. The D20x22 S3 features 19,550 pounds of thrust/pullback with 2,250 ft.-lbs. of torque.

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