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ICUEE 2019: What to see at the demo expo, part five

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6737 West Washington Street, Suite 2400
Milwaukee, WI
US, 53214-5647

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icuee.com

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10896 W. 300 North
Michigan City, IN
US, 46360

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vanair.com

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1210 Vermeer Road East
Pella, IA
US, 50219

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vermeer.com

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10105 E 55th PL
Tulsa, OK
US, 74146

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vacuworx.com

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2006 Perimeter Road
Greenville, SC
US, 29605

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mclaughlinunderground.com

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200 Nyala Farm Road
Westport, CT
US, 06880

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terex.com

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2360 Meadowpine Blvd.
Mississauga, ON
CA, L5N 6S2

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hilti.ca

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1621 S. Illinois Street
Streator, IL
US, 61364

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truvac.com

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7942 Dorchester Road
Niagara Falls, ON
CA, L2G 7W7

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palfinger.com

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646 Thompson Rd., PO Box 348
Thompson, CT
US, 06277

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numahammers.com

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4015 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX
US, 76110

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watsonusa.com

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ICUEE, the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, will take place October 1-3 in Louisville, Kentucky. ICUEE is the utility industry's largest trade show, covering 28+ acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and bringing together more than 18,000 utility professionals every two years.

Watson Drill Rigs

Watson says several drilling contractors have commented that their success is attributed to the dependable production results they've experienced with the Watson 1100 drill and that utility equipment rental fleets receive several requests for the 1100 rig over other competitive rigs in this same size. The primary feature of Watson rigs is the controlled free-fall kelly winch and the top applied crowd. These features, along with a single wrap grooved winch drum, assure ease of operation and maximum drilling production capabilities.  

Watson will have the 1100TM short mast on display at ICUEE. The 1100 is offered with either mechanical or hydraulic rotary, in multiple mast configurations and on either a conventional truck or a crawler track base.

Vanair Manufacturing

The new Air N Arc 300 Compact All-In-One Power System fits into smaller spaces including a slide-out drawer. Coming in 7.5 inches shorter and up to 100 pounds lighter than the standard Air N Arc 300, the new compact unit provides mounting flexibility. Air N Arc 300 Compact comes in both diesel and gas configurations.

The all-new Air N Arc 250 is now lighter and more compact. The Air N Arc 250-L weighs in at 50 percent less than the standard Air N Arc 250 30-gallon systems with an aluminum air end and smaller compact design. It offers five power sources including an air compressor, generator, welder, battery boost and battery charge in a single machine, reducing required bed space on vehicles.

The new Start-All Jump-Pack is a compact, powerful, lightweight lithium-ion jump starter designed to instantly start up to 16L Class 8/CE gas and diesel engines and will charge portable electronics and more. Vanair says that it delivers amazing starting power and the most joules in its class while weighing in at only 11 pounds and is capable of starting multiple trucks off a single charge. Designed with Vanair's new Protect-All, safety features include reverse polarity, low-voltage protection, short circuit overheat protection and over-discharge protection.

Vermeer 

The D23x30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill integrates dual rod technology into a compact machine. Featuring a narrow footprint and a weight of 16,500 pounds, the Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is well-suited for fibre, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as many other challenging ground conditions. The Vermeer Firestick drill rod dual rod system onboard the new D23x30DR S3 gives operators a seven percent downhole steerability. The unit's threaded outer rod has a rotational torque of 3,000 foot-pounds, while its hex inner rod delivers up to 800 foot-pounds. The Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is powered by a Deutz TCD3.6L4 diesel engine and a thrust/pullback of 24,000 pounds.

Vacuworx

The new SL 2 Subcompact Vacuum Lifting System from Vacuworx is the ultimate skid-steer attachment. The SL 2 features a base unit - available with manual or wireless remote control - with modular pad options. Featuring all-aluminum construction, the patent-pending design has a hydraulically driven vacuum pump and can be easily attached to any skid steer or compact tool carrier. The SL 2 is lightweight but delivers a lifting capacity up to 2,700 pounds (1.25 tonnes). Quick-connect hydraulic hoses and universal mounting plates make switching attachments fast and easy so you can maximize productivity on the job. A factory pre-set flow control valve ensures optimal performance.

McLaughlin

The McLaughlin Workhorse 225 auger boring machine is designed for long large-diameter casing installations for pipeline, power, communications and water/sewer projects. The new Workhorse 225 is powered by a 214-hp Volvo Tier 4 diesel engine and is equipped with 5-inch hex auger driving 1,200,000 ft-lbs of thrust and 126,000 ft-lbs of torque for big bore applications. New features in the area of remote operation and safety; new, robust quick-set track design; and Rabbit Drives set this machine apart.

Terex Utilities

Terex Utilities will feature a range of technologies and equipment at ICUEE. New products include a family of articulated and telescopic transmission aerial devices. The Transmission TL Series includes three models, offering a wider range of chassis options for working heights up to 112 feet. The company will demonstrate the Transmission TL Series, as well as other digger derricks and aerial devices that deliver economical cost of ownership and high productivity. Twice daily demonstrations also include:

The C4047 digger derrick with a Stand Alone Core Barrel auger tool.

Hi-Ranger Articulating Telescopic LT40 aerial device equipped with HyPower IM idle mitigation and Positive Attachment Lanyard device.

Hi-Ranger Non-Overcenter Optima TC55 aerial device with Load Alert, featuring updated screen display.

Hilti

Hilti will be showing a range of tools at ICUEE.
On display will be Hilti's universal crimper NCR 120-A22 which accepts industry standard 12-ton U style crimping dies and crimps copper/aluminum conductors up to 750 kcmil. This solution is packed with smart electronics for crimping more productively.

The cutter NCT 85-A22 was designed to cut a large variety of copper and aluminum conductors with a maximum outside diameter of 3-3/8 inches. It's ideal for crews working on underground distribution or in telecommunications.
The new TE PD is an easy and effective solution for driving ground rods in locations that are difficult to access with a truck. It's simpler and more robust to use than the previous version, further reducing risk on the job.

TruVac

Designed for utility, municipal and contractor customers involved in the installation, maintenance and repair of underground water, sewer, gas, electric and telecommunications lines, the versatile TruVac Paradigm sub-compact vacuum excavator can dig holes with water or air; vacuum, contain and dispose of drill mud; power pneumatic, hydraulic or electrical tools; and provide transport and storage of replacement parts, equipment and tools. The truck's trademarked "Park-n-Dig" design minimizes the time between arriving on the jobsite and excavation, including the ability to dig up to six feet in depth without additional pipe and hose. The air compressor, which is standard on the Paradigm, powers utility tools such as jackhammers and tampers that may be used on the job. The truck features substantial storage space for these tools, including a long-handle tool box. The truck can also tow up to 20,000 pounds.

Palfinger

Palfinger will showcase several of its cranes at ICUEE. As Palfinger's core product, knuckle-boom cranes have been used for decades in the utility industry for countless applications, as well as many other industries. Palfinger will feature its innovative TEC cranes with the new P-Profile patented boom system. With a broad range of models that cover the entire range of working capacities, Palfinger offers unique products and features to keep fleets working profitably.

Numa

Numa offers a full range of HDD rock drilling systems including hammers, bits, side load sonde housings, bent subs, and adaptors capable of drilling holes 4 to 7.5 inches (102 to 191 mm) in diameter. With deep experience in rock drilling, Numa purposely designed their HDD hammers to drill longer in difficult rock conditions. The company says that these products feature a single bore design that allows for a maximum bore diameter in conjunction with providing optimum life against abrasion. Delivering industry-leading steerability and outstanding rate of penetration, Numa HDD systems provide drillers with outstanding performance and dependability, all without sacrificing tool life.

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Vermeer introduces new D23X30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill

The new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill, 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 (7484 kg), the Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is the lightest rock drill on the market and is well suited for fiber, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as other challenging ground conditions.

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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.

HDD virtual reality simulator developed by Ditch Witch to improve training and safety

More than 50 percent of reported underground utility damages are the result of insufficient excavation practices according to the 2017 DIRT Report. The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced an industry-first Virtual Reality (VR) Simulator to better prepare horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators for safe underground construction through cutting-edge training technology. 

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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Radius HDD Over-Bit Reamer

Designed and tested with the help of small bore contractors, the Radius HDD Over-Bit Reamer easily attaches to an existing rock bit without breaking a single connection. The Radius Over-Bit Reamer only needs 16 inches of clearance. With the pilot tool still attached, the sonde can be used to track progress through tight easements during pullback. The Radius Over-Bit Reamer is available in 6- and 8-inch sizes with a variety of cutting styles.

Vermeer and Mincon form distribution alliance for rock tools

Two of the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry's leading equipment and tooling manufacturers, Vermeer Corporation and Mincon Group PLC, have formed a distribution alliance to expand contractors' access to quality rock tooling worldwide. As part of the agreement, Vermeer dealers are now the exclusive channel for Mincon HDD air hammer systems, HDD pull reaming hammers and HDD support equipment, including HDD support stations and oilers.

Vermeer D8x12 HDD provides compact productivity

Vermeer expands its line of utility installation equipment with the launch of the D8x12 Navigator horizontal directional drill. This new compact and highly productive drill is sized for working in tight spaces, features straightforward controls and delivers quiet operation. With two drill rod options for added versatility, the Vermeer D8x12 is well suited for small service installations, including gas distribution, power, water and telecommunication networks.

Online parts lookup tool aids Ditch Witch customers

The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has released an advanced version of their industry-first, web-based tool that helps customers be more efficient and reduce downtime by quickly finding the service parts they need. The Ditch Witch Parts Lookup gives customers easy access to detailed parts information and a direct line of communication to dealerships for part verification and pick-list creation.

Miami Beach HDD installation recognized as Plastic Pipe Institute's Project of the Year

The longest horizontal directional drilled (HDD) installation of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe in the United States and Canada was recognized as Project of the Year by the Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI). The award was presented to PPI member company ISCO Industries at the association's annual membership meeting in May 2017. PPI is the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry,

Pit-launched mini directional drill

TT Technologies' redesigned Grundopit pit-launched mini directional drill is well suited for difficult fiber-to-the-home and utility service line installations in tight working conditions. The unit is compact, 54 inches long, 43 inches wide and 57 inches tall. The Grundopit delivers 13,489 lbs. of thrust and pull back and 553 ft. lbs. of torque with bore length up to 150 feet. The Grundopit is an ideal entry-level system for utilities, cable industries or as a supplement to larger units.

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Robust fluid cleaning system offers small footprint and quiet operation

Pipeline and utility contractors attending the 2017 International Utility and Construction Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, Kentucky, were first to see the newly released American Augers M-300D HDD fluid cleaning system. Based on American Augers' successful, highly portable M-200 platform, the M-300 system's small trailer size lowers registration and excise tax requirements while supporting any make of 60- to 100-ton drill unit with a true 300 gpm fluid-cleaning capability. 

HammerHead Trenchless launches remote-controlled 22-ton winch at ICUEE

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Ditch Witch offers next generation AT40 all terrain directional drill optimizes downhole performance in hard rock

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DITCH WITCH unveils enhanced, next generation underground construction equipment, parts and technology at ICUEE

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Major upgrade for HDD hammer system

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Performix Mixer Upgrade Announced

StraightLine HDD, Inc. announced the implementation of an upgrade to its popular Performix Mud Mix System. At the heart of the Performix System is the centrifugal pump, which generates the best laminar flow in the industry. The performance pump now features an upgraded silicon-carbide shaft seal. Compared to traditional ceramic seals, the new seal represents a considerable advancement in resiliency when subjected to the highly abrasive elements present in mud mixing. In field testing, silicon carbide seals improve service life by a factor of three,over ceramic seals.

Vermeer Introduces Silver Series Drill Rod

Vermeer has bolstered its  line of HDD tooling and accessories with the addition of the Silver Series drill rod. Building on the tradition of it's acclaimed Firestick drill rod, Silver Series drill rod gives contractors a quality aftermarket drill rod at an economic price.

Ditch Witch Launches JT10 HDD Rig

Ditch Witch has introduced the JT10 horizontal directional drill (HDD) providing operators with exceptional power in a compact, reliable platform. For superior productivity, the machine incorporates advanced features found on larger units while remaining the most compact drill in its class.

Ditch Witch boosts drill power with JT60 and JT60 all-terrain HDD Tier 4 upgrades

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