Lightweight Pipe Handling System
Vacuworx has launched a lightweight pipe handling system to lift and position drill stem in horizontal directional drilling operations.
The HDD Pipe Handling System utilizes a wireless remote controller operation and the latest vacuum-lifting technology to tilt and place drill stem at angles between 0 and 30 degrees without the use of ropes or slings. Suitable for use with Vacuworx MC Series Lifters, the HDD unit is significantly lighter-weight than competing technologies and requires only one worker to lift drill stem and transfer the pipe into a drilling rig, reducing exposure to risk of injury in a pipe yard or on a jobsite.
The unit is compact yet highly durable and well matched to meet the rigorous demands uncovered by contractors or municipalities looking for ways to decrease load times and bolster safety during the course of trenchless HDD applications. The equipment features a 360-degree hydraulic rotator that gives operators complete control over the drill stem and allows for the precise placement of pipe joints with fewer workers on the ground.
The HDD Pipe Handling System handles single joints of steel pipe from 3 inches (76 mm) to 18 inches (457 mm) in diameter with lift capacities ranging from 1,700 pounds (771 kg) to 5,400 pounds (2,449 kg), depending on the size and configuration of the vacuum pads. The HDD unit is ideal for smaller excavators and host equipment such as forklifts, cranes, wheel loaders and boom trucks.