Vermeer introduces new Navigator horizontal directional drill

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Vermeer is expanding its Navigator lineup with the introduction of the new D23x30DR S3 directional drill.

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 neighbourhoods or tight job sites. 

Featuring a class-leading narrow footprint and a weight of 7,484 kg, the Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is the lightest rock drill on the market and is well suited for fibre optic, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as other challenging ground conditions.

The Vermeer Firestick drill rod dual system onboard the Vermeer D23x30DR S3 gives operators a 7 per cent 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 horizontal directional drill is powered by a Deutz TCD3.6L4 diesel engine.

New rock tooling for the Vermeer D23x30DR S3 helps further enhance its performance in rocky ground conditions. 

The Vermeer RH10 drill head provides responsive downhole steering with a two-degree bend located in its forward section. 

The drill head can be fitted with a 14 cm tricone bit or polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bit that is greaseable and can be rebuilt in the field. 

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Vermeer also offers the new toolless PG5 quick pullback grapple mounted over the top of the RH10 drill head and tricone bit to help reduce the need to remove the drill head after the pilot bore when installing small-diameter pipes.

“For utility installation work in rocky soil conditions, HDD contractors traditionally had to choose between using a larger horizontal directional drill, bringing in more equipment so they could use an air hammer, or go slowly and potentially sacrifice productivity,” said Tod Michael, product manager of trenchless products for Vermeer. 

“The new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is a better option for doing small-diameter installation bores in rocky ground conditions. Its narrow profile and light footprint allow it to fit in small or congested areas and helps reduce risk of damaging sidewalks or turf while maneuvering the drill into position. Also, the new PG5 quick pullback grapple helps reduce the labour involved in removing a drill head before pullback.”

As part of the Vermeer S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill series, the new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 delivers on speed, simplicity and sound. 

The drill has a carriage speed of 53.3 metres per minute and a rotational speed of 200 rpm. 

The operator’s station combines familiar, convenient-to-use controls with the latest dual rod advancements through the use of controller area network (CAN) technology, which also provides onboard diagnostics and a reduced amount of wiring and fuses. 

As well, the horizontal directional drill has an operator ear noise level of 83 dBa for a quiet working environment for the crew and the surrounding neighbourhood.  

The Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is Vermeer Fleet-ready and convenient to service. 

When it is activated, Vermeer Fleet provides fault recognition, geofencing as well as fuel usage.  

When it is time to service the machine, a large rear hood offers convenient access to the mud pumps and other service points.