Equipment Spotlight: Downhole Directional Drilling Tools

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

Designed for Melfred Borzall blades, the Quick-Swivel saves valuable time when boring through tough soil conditions. Made from the same quality components as the 5-ton ValuDUB swivel, the Quick-Swivel allows direct pull-backs without removing the drill head. The Quick-Swivel quickly bolts to the blade and stays in line with the rotation of the drill head, and works with Borzall’s Excalibur, Ultra Bit 3, Steep Taper Ultra Bit 3 and Bear Claw bits. 800.833.1252, melfredborzall.com

Sharewell HDD Services

Sharewell’s heavy-duty LTX series of Lo-Torque Hole Opener is ideal for pipeline projects. The field replaceable cutters are available in IADC TCI type 5, 7 or 8 and in mill tooth style. Each body can open four different hole sizes, and the larger cutters have big sealed bearings for longer downhole life. With only the cutters contacting the formation, less torque is required to operate the tool. 281.288.2560, sharewellhdd.com

Horizontal Technology

The Horizontal Technology five cutter RockReamer is available for sizes of 24 inch and 30 inch with MT or TCI cutters selections. The new tool utilizes HTI’s latest bearing technology and is much stronger than the standard split bit reamer. Cutters can be replaced and the body reused. 888.556.5511, horizontaltech.com

Ballantine

Ballantine’s new Hurricane Xtreme taper pilot bit is made of a unique forged one-piece conical carbide cutting edge. This taper bit fits most all Ditch Witch and Vermeer HDD machines. Each carbide tooth has a 15-degree offset for excellent steering and ware capabilities and the carbidic hard-facing weld material maximizes bit life. 800.328.2424, ballantineinc.com

Hunting Trenchless

Hunting Trenchless mud motors are designed for use with drills having 40,000 pounds of pullback or higher, and unlike conventional mud motors, Hunting’s innovative design incorporates the sonde housing into the bearing housing just three feet behind the bit, giving the operator more accurate tracking information. 855.367.9296, huntingtrenchless.com

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