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Fri October 16, 2015 - National Edition
With the launch of the D60x90 S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD), Vermeer has extended its S3 drill portfolio to meet the needs of contractors whose projects cross over between the large underground utility and small pipeline installation markets.
With 60,000 lbs. (27,240 kg) of thrust/pullback and 9,000 ft.-lb. (12,202.4 Nm) of rotational torque, contractors can use the D60x90 S3 to install long shots of large fiber bundles; gas distribution lines; smaller diameter pipeline crossings; and water lines in crowded, urban areas requiring a smaller footprint.
Speed, sound and simplicity are the trademarks of the Vermeer S3 generation of directional drills, and the D60x90 S3 is no exception. Powered by a Caterpillar Tier IV Final diesel engine, the D60x90 S3 offers a 17 hp (12.8 kW) boost — from 185 to 202 hp (138 to 151 kW) — compared to its Series II predecessor, for increased speed and jobsite productivity.
“Because we have more horsepower available to run the rotation, thrust and mud functions on the drill, we expect exceptional performance from the D60x90 S3,” said Tod Michael, product manager — underground, at Vermeer.
A 107 dBA guaranteed sound power level and an operator ear rating of 82 dBA make this drill 10 points quieter than its predecessor — which makes for a quieter working environment with less neighborhood disturbance and easier communication among the crew. The D60x90 S3 has rubber-covered steel tracks — like its smaller S3 counterparts — to reduce impact in urban job sites.
HDD operators are a valuable asset. Keeping operators comfortable on the job site is key to productivity and their overall job satisfaction. A climate-controlled cab comes standard on the D60x90 S3 and offers operators more legroom and greater comfort in unfavorable weather conditions.
Common controls on the Vermeer S3 models can simplify operator training and make it easier for operators to transition from one S3 drill to another. The common control system includes the digital display, improved onboard diagnostics and joystick controls. The system design uses a power distribution module that reduces the amount of wiring and fuses for greater reliability. A DigiTrak Aurora interactive, full-color touch-screen display delivers real-time, easy-to-view locate information and more to help increase operator productivity. In early 2016, on-rig bore planning will be released, according to the manufacturer.
An onboard self-diagnostic system empowers contractors to make machine adjustments when required and helps to maximize productivity. The InSite Fleet remote monitoring system comes standard on the D60x90 S3.
For added versatility, there are two drill rod options available on the D60x90 S3: a 2.875-in. (7.3 cm) diameter, 15-ft. (4.57 m) Firestick or a 3.5-in. (8.9 cm) diameter, 15-foot (4.57 m) Firestick. The D60x90 S3 can carry 600 ft. (182.9 m) of 2.875-in. (7.3 cm) drill rods — more than most competitive drill offerings — enabling contractors to complete longer shots more efficiently.
The Vermeer D60x90 S3 Navigator HDD will be available in December 2015.