Michels Corporation recently took possession of a new Prime Drilling HDD rig at a key ceremony. (L-R) are Benjamin Ploederl, Michels Corporation; Ralf Kiesow, Prime Drilling; and Scott Kneip and Bill Brennan, both of TT Technologies.
Michels Corporation recently took possession of a new Prime Drilling HDD rig at a key ceremony held in Brownsville, Wis. The new Prime Drill 80/45 was acquired through trenchless equipment manufacturer TT Technologies, Aurora, Ill. Manufactured by Prime Drilling GmbH, Wenden, Germany, the drills have been available in Europe for more than 15 years. However, the availability of Prime Drilling HDD rigs in the U.S. market is something that has just occurred over the last few years, facilitated by TT Technologies.
The Prime Drill 80/45 provides 180,000 lbs. (81,646 kg) of pull force and lightweight profile, weighing only 44,000 lbs. (19,958 kg). The unit is capable of drilling lengths up to 3,200 ft. (975.4 m) with diameters up to 40 in. (101.6 cm). The Prime Drill 80/45 joins Michel’s fleet of more than 84 drilling rigs of all sizes, including a fleet of 1.2 million pound thrust/pull force capacity rigs.