Equipment Spotlight: Downhole Directional Drilling Tools

March 2014, Vol. 69 No. 3
Armadrillco’s downhole tools

Ditch Witch
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The Ditch Witch SaverLok System is compatible with all Ditch Witch drills to provide the quickest, most secure protection against drill pipe and drive system wear. Durable TriHawk HD housings are now compatible with all Ditch Witch and Vermeer drills. Other tooling advancements include the versatile TriHawk VI drill bit, durable Rockmaster housing, industry’s-highest-tensile-strength Power Pipe HD drill pipes, and new Power Pipe Forged and Power Pipe Forged HXT drill pipes for both Ditch Witch and Vermeer drills. 800.654.6481, ditchwitch.com

Vermeer

The Armor Drilling System is now available for smaller horizontal directional drills ranging from 16,000-24,000 pounds of thrust/pullback. The Armor Drilling System features multiple bits and a patent-pending advanced bit mounting design utilizes a solid pin for bit retention and for ease in bit interchangeability and maintenance. The housing is constructed with dual water ports that deliver up to 70 gpm at 800 psi of mud flow to effectively carry cuttings out of the bore hole. The sonde lid is designed with a new roll pin retention feature and is built from heavy-duty materials to minimize distortion caused by flexing. 641.628.3141, vermeer.com

American Augers

The Clay Whip Reamer is designed to prevent clay balling. The reamer spins relative to the clay cuttings. The clay cuttings are blended into the fluid and are therefore carried out of the hole in the resulting slurry. Features include high velocity fluid jets; minimal surface area using two wings reduces area clay can adhere to. Also, knives on the forward end of the shaft rotate with the shaft to continuously slice virgin clay into cutting that are exposed to the jetted fluid. 419.869.7107, americanaugers.com

Radius HDD Direct

The Radius Rock Bit Series delivers greater steering and control in any type of soil conditions while letting you navigate loose rock and solid rock conditions, too. Combined with Radius HDD Direct’s patented Hot Shot pull-back adaptor, you won’t have to waste time removing your bit to pull back. 800.892.9114, radiushdd.com

Melfred Borzall