Vermeer Ultra X3 Drilling System

Non-torqued spline tooling system enables quick tooling changes for horizontal directional drilling.

Vermeer Ultra Housing

Vermeer is expanding horizontal directional drilling (HDD) crews’ tooling options with the introduction of the new Vermeer Ultra X3 Drilling System for utility-sized rigs. The Ultra X3 is designed with a non-torqued spline connection system and offers compatibility with a range of pilot bit and pullback configurations. It provides the ability to swap out tooling quickly with two knock-out dowel pins, as well as the capability of reaming directly from the transmitter housing. It also eliminates the need for starter rods and adapters in certain applications.

The Ultra X3 housing uses a standard API rear connection and works with quick-connect systems. Contractors who rarely remove the housing may find value in skipping starter rods and collars since there is a quick connect on the bit side of the housing.

“Since the Ultra X3 doesn’t require the housing be removed for most pullbacks, HDD crews can changeover from pilot to pullback in a smaller space,” explained Jason Zylstra, product manager for Vermeer Lifecycle products. “Smaller pit requirements can also help reduce restoration work.”

The system is capable of handling the torque of reaming diameters up to 10 in. in most conditions from the transmitter housing. It is also set up to use a full offering of plate bits and rock tooling.

The Ultra X3 is available in three sizes covering Vermeer HDD models rated from the 10,000-lb. up to the 40,000-lb. drill range.

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