Equipment Spotlight: HDD Rigs

September 2010 Vol. 65 No. 9
Ditch Witch's JT100 All Terrain rig.

A 65 hp Kubota diesel engine powers the compact D16x20 Series II. It provides 2,000 foot-pounds of rotational torque and 1,600 pounds of thrust/pullback. The onboard pump provides high flow in large-diameter bores for more efficient backreaming. Extendable tracks that adjust outward increases stability on uneven terrain with. Other features include dual joysticks integrated with all drilling function controls, the AutoDrill system with patent-pending Auto Resume, and a comfortable operator’s station. And visibility is enhanced while loading/unloading with a tethered ground drive controller. 888.837.6337,

American Augers
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The DD-6 self-contained horizontal directional drilling system provides 60,000 pounds of maximum thrust/pullback power, and 10,000 foot-pounds of maximum rotary torque. The unit is equipped with a four drive, rack and pinion carriage system with adjustable force limiter, 2-inch fluid course for increased down hole hydraulic power, and rig mounted crane with a lifting rate of 6,000 pounds. The DD-6 operates with C-6.6 Caterpillar diesel Tier III engine, and is rated at 174 hp. Design features include: Pipe Hog open-top wrench, self-propelled rubber tracks and 315 feet of working drill pipe capability. 800.324.4930,

Barbco’s Maxi Rig is a track mounted 500,000-pound push/pull directional drill with an onboard Driller/Surveyor cab. Barbco offers directional drills in 60,000, 100,000, 120,000, 250,000, 500,000 and 750,000 pounds push/pull on tracks. Maxi rigs are also available on a trailer up to one million pounds. Barbco also will customize directional drills to suite your needs. 800.448.8934,