Trenchless Technology September 2008

Construction Equipment

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800 Series Locator


The Pipehorn 800 Series pipe and cable locator features the same high-frequency (480 kHz) performance as the Classic Pipehorn.

  • Works on tough conductors such as cast iron, un-energized power (street lights), tracer tapes and worn-out tracer wires, short side services and fiber
  • Simultaneous conductive transmission of both high and low frequencies
  • Fast-response signal strength meter and sharp audio tone for precise pinpointing in all conditions


Pipehorn Utility Tool Co.



The D20x22 NAVIGATOR mid-size horizontal directional drill provides 2,200 ft.-lbs. of torque and 20,000 lbs. of pullback force.

  • 83-hp Kubota turbocharged diesel engine
  • Standard AutoDrill feature monitors changing soil conditions and adjusts the bore or pullback as necessary
  • AutoResume function allows slurry and cuttings to mix by starting rotation before thrust/pullback resumes
  • Compatible with Rock Adaptable Terrain Tool (RATT) system
  • Uses 10-ft. forged one-piece Firestick rod


Vermeer Mfg. Co.

DD-2024 Directional Drill


The EarthPro Series DD-2024 horizontal directional drill offers 20,000 lbs. of thrust/pullback force with the capability of up to 2,400 ft.-lbs. of rotary torque.

  • 85-hp Cummins B3.3C turbocharged diesel engine
  • Quad rack-and-pinion drive with adjustable force limiter
  • Offers independent rear stabilizers and a dual stake-down system
  • Tethered travel control unit
  • Front-drive track system for traction and balance
  • Es!Lok system integrated into the drill controls for added safety


Astec Underground

Directional Drilling Pipe


Underground Tools, Inc. is now a nationwide distributor of the Hunting Iberia Workstring drill stems Versions I and II.

  • Also offers a range of downhole HDD tools
  • Complete inventory in stock and available on demand
  • DirtSmart customer service for technical support


Underground Tools Inc

GBM Guided Boring Machines


These Guided Boring Machines (GBM) install small-diameter pipes with grade and alignment precision.

  • Launch and reception shafts strategically located to minimize surface disruption
  • Three robust jacking frame configurations
  • Used in conjunction with a theodolite guidance system to provide accurate pipe installation
  • Available for installation of pipe in the 4- to 48-in. OD range in displaceable soil under 50 blow count


Akkerman Mfg., Inc.

Grundodrill 4X


The compact Grundodrill 4X is designed for residential service, small-diameter main installations, "last-mile" operations and gas pipeline applications.

  • 9,800 lbs. of thrust and pullback
  • Dual hydrostatic pump system
  • Four-auger stakedown system
  • Smart Vice system performs vice cycling operations automatically


TT Technologies

HydroBurst HB125


The HydroBurst HB125 pipe bursting system is based on the Vermeer Navigator HDD platform and packs 250,000 lbs. of pulling force.

  • Capable of replacing pipes from 4 to 20 in. in diameter
  • Features a rotating rod string that can punch through collapsed lines
  • 52-lb. rods enable use by a single operator
  • Provides power to replace fracturable and non-fracturable pipes such as ductile iron, steel and PVC with the ductile slitter


Earth Tool Co., LLC - Hammerhead

Innspector 07


The self-contained Innspector 07 hand-held "all materials" locator can detect most any type of pipe, cable or other target underground.

  • Requires no separate transmitter, receiver or cables/wires/clamps and no calibration or tuning
  • Two L.E.D. lights activate a laser beam that points directly to an objects location underground
  • Depth up to 10 ft. achieved via triangulation
  • Power provided by four "C" type batteries contained in the handle.


SubSurface Instruments Inc.

JT2020 Mach 1


The JT2020 Mach 1 directional drilling system offers 20,000 lbs. of pulling power, yet is quiet enough for operation in noise-sensitive areas.

  • Rack-and-pinion thrust system
  • Pipeloading system allows columns to be selected from the operators station
  • Two-speed carriage drive
  • Independent stabilizers and a simple anchoring system enable quick setup and the ability to secure the drill frame on uneven terrain
  • 30-gpm drilling fluid system


Ditch Witch

McL-36/42 auger borer


This next-evolution McL-36/42 series is capable of bores up to 500 ft. in length and diameters as large as 42 in.

  • Improved torque, plus a 75-hp Deutz diesel engine
  • Delivers 400,000 lbs. of thrust
  • OPC Clutch
  • Hydraulic dog plate


McLaughlin Mfg. Co.

Model 12 Mighty Max


The Model 12 handles cased bores from 2 3/4 to 12 in. in diameter.

  • Weighs just 880 lbs. for easy transport
  • Spring-centered control valves offer easy control for even the most difficult bores
  • Includes a 12-in. master pusher and saddle, 3-ft. track extension and two 20-ft. hose lengths
  • Options include 9-ft. track sections and 4- to 10-in. casing attachments


Bor-It Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Porta-Mole Underground Boring System


The Trench-Mole underground boring system will bore both small holes for installations under driveways and parking lots and large holes for larger pipe installed on grade.

  • Operates above ground with no extra digging required
  • Boring unit lowers into the trench for a straighter boring angle
  • Joystick aiming device for quickly boring small holes
  • Bores 2- to 9-in.-diameter holes on grade through rock and hard soils
  • Core bores through concrete and cleans culvert drains


Carlton International Mfg. Corp./Porta-Mole Boring Systems

RD7000 and RD800 Locators


The RD7000 and RD8000 pipe and cable locators are ergonomically designed to deliver a lightweight, energy efficient and well-balanced tool.

  • High-end RD8000 with iLOC Bluetooth link and SurveyCERT feature is designed for multiple applications and industries
  • RD7000 suited for operators requiring an application- or industry-specific locator with a cost-effective feature set
  • Centros Enabled to improve the accuracy and repeatability of measurements and deliver greater responsiveness in the field
  • Receiver and transmitter feature a large, high-contrast, backlit LCD screen that provides clear information in any light conditions



SeekTech SR-60


The SeekTech SR-60 utility locator is able to receive the full range of locatable frequencies, allowing it to be used with any pre-set frequency transmitter.

  • Locates at a frequency range of 10 Hz to 490 kHz, and can tune the frequency 1 Hz at a time
  • Passive search mode can be used to search all broad band passive frequencies at once for easy identification of unknown metallic lines in the target area
  • Easy-to-read display visually maps the signal
  • Program up to 30 field-configurable, user-designated frequencies


RIDGID, a subsidiary of Emerson