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October 7, 2015 by On-Site

Vermeer D60 HDD

The Vermeer D60x90 S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) has 60,000 pounds (27,240 kg) of thrust/pullback and 9,000 ft-lb (12202.4 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. Powered by a Caterpillar Tier 4 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. A 107 dBA guaranteed sound power level and an operator ear rating of 82 dBA make this drill 10 points quieter than its predecessor. The D60x90 S3 has rubber-covered steel tracks to reduce impact in urban jobsites. A climate-controlled cab comes standard 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. An onboard self-diagnostic system empowers contractors to make machine adjustments when required and helps to maximize productivity. The InSiteFleet remote monitoring system comes standard on the D60x90 S3. For added versatility, there are two drill rod options available: a 2.875-inch (7.3 cm) diameter, 15-foot (4.57 m) Firestick or a 3.5-inch (8.9 cm) diameter, 15-foot (4.57 m) Firestick. The D60x90 S3 can carry 600 feet (182.9 m) of 2.875-inch drill rods enabling contractors to complete longer shots more efficiently.


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