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Vermeer launches the new D23x30DR S3 Navigator® horizontal directional drill

Paira, Iowa, May 30, 2019 -- the new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 Navigator® horizontal directional rig integrates twin-bar technology into a compact airframe design that enables efficient handling of rock drilling in crowded cities, busy neighborhoods, or cramped operation sites. The Vermeer D23x30DR S3 has an industry-leading long and narrow fuselage and a total weight of 7,484 kg. It is currently the lightest rock drilling machine on the market, ideal for installation of optical fiber, electricity, gas and water pipes in hard rock and difficult ground conditions.

The Vermeer Firestick® dual drillpipe system delivers 7% downward drilling capability. The rotating torque of the external threaded rod is 4,067.5 nm, while that of the hexagon rod is up to 1084.6 nm. The Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is powered by a Deutz tcd3.6l4 diesel engine that provides 106.8kn thrust/drag.

The new type of rock drilling tool is helpful to improve the performance and productivity of rock surface. The Vermeer RH10 bit provides flexible downward drilling response guidance with a 2-degree bending position in the front section of the tool. The bit may be fitted with a 14 cm tricone bit or polycrystalline diamond composite (PDC) bit that can be reassembled on site and lubricated. Vermeer also offers the new tool-free PG5 quick pull-back grab, mounted on top of the RH10 bit and tricone bit, to avoid the trouble of removing the bit after drilling the guide hole during small-bore pipe installation.

"Traditionally, horizontal drilling contractors have either used larger horizontal drilling RIGS and introduced more equipment to use air hammers for installation work in rocky soil conditions, or have endured slow progress and reduced productivity." Tod Michael, trenchless product line manager at Vermeer. "The new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is a better choice for small diameter mounting holes in rock-surface conditions. With its narrow design and compact body, the machine can operate in narrow or crowded areas while reducing damage to sidewalks or turf during rig operation. In addition, the new PG5 fast pull-back grab helps reduce the labor required to remove the bit before pull-back.

As a new member of the Vermeer S3 Navigator HDD series, the new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 continues the series' features of high speed, simplicity and low noise. The rig's propulsating box has a speed of 53 m/min and a speed of 200 RPM. The console USES controller local area network (CAN) technology, which combines common and easy-to-use controls with the latest two-bar technology. In addition, onboard diagnostic functions are introduced, and the consumption of wiring and fuses is reduced. In addition, the Vermeer D23x30DR S3 has an ear noise level of 83 dbas, which not only creates a quiet working environment for operators, but also reduces the interference to the surrounding environment.

The Vermeer D23x30DR S3 fits Vermeer Fleet and is easy to maintain. Once activated, Vermeer Fleet provides contractors with more productivity-enhancing features such as fault detection, geo-protection, fuel usage tips, etc. Maintenance personnel can easily access the mud pump and other maintenance points with the large rear cover, while the open top vise design makes it easy to replace the die when the drill pipe is in the vice, and observe the joint situation.

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