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Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is a minimal impact trenchless method of installing, maintaining and repairing underground pipes and services. Special horizontal directional drill rigs on the surface deploy pipe, conduit and cable in a shallow downward arc.

Compared to traditional open cut methods, the new breed of service installation machines like Vermeer directional drills offer less disturbance, faster completion, smaller crews and significant cost savings. And they’re always getting better.

1.    Durability

Horizontal directional drills use tough, durable pipes that last longer underground. One of the biggest advantages HDD offers is the ability to traverse waterways and harsh terrain without needing to run pipes under bridges or above ground. Pipes are protected from the elements and installed with precision for a longer lifespan.

2.    Faster installation

Trenchless work is significantly more efficient – and less disruptive – than open cut methods. By eliminating the need to dig up long stretches of earth, HDD saves time in virtually every scenario. That translates to cost savings and increased capacity to take on more jobs.

Reliability is important if you want to take full advantage of the time savings, which is just one area where Vermeer directional drills have the competition beat.

3.    Cost savings

When you look at all the ways trenchless technology saves money, the cumulative cost benefits can be staggering:

  • Less time means less labour cost
  • No need for multiple machines when a Vermeer HDD rig can do it all
  • Less dirt dug up means less to replace
  • Fewer permits required, saving admin time and application fees
  • Mobile rigs can be brought to site by a regular truck
  • Uninterrupted land use means no traffic management or compensation for closed businesses
  • Less wastage, both material and environmental

As trenchless rigs keep getting more efficient, costs continue to fall. And we all know it is costs that give contractors an edge over the competition.

4.    Less environmental disturbance

Traditional open cut pipe, sewer, cable and conduit work displaces a huge amount of earth and risks soil contamination. Roads need to be closed while noisy excavators churn up earth and pump out CO2 fumes. Regional bushland is dug up to make way for a new sewer pipe.

Horizontal directional drilling is the answer to all these issues. Tough mobile rigs that are silenced in urban areas and reliable in remote areas deliver efficient underground pipe installation with minimal impact to the environment.

5.    Flexibility

Vermeer directional drills are versatile enough to go almost anywhere and drill through every type of earth. Rapidly changeable tooling saves time compared to other HDD rigs, especially on jobs where the earth changes or isn’t quite what you thought. Motors that lead their class in power deliver the oomph needed to get through loam, soil, rock, sand, and clay.

Combined with the inherent cost-effectiveness, this flexibility makes Vermeer rigs the all-in-one trenchless tool that’s better across the board.

Horizontal directional drills you can rely on

Vermeer stands out as the market leader in trenchless technology. Their drills, mixers and reclaimers bring a pedigree of innovation and ready-for-anything toughness that other HDD units can’t match.

Contact Vermeer WA & NT For a hands-on experience or custom quote on Vermeer directional drills, including any servicing or maintenance requirements.



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