- Buyer's guide
Equipment Spotlight: Mud Mixing Systems
Mud mixing systems from Vermeer, TT Technologies, Ditch Witch, SiteTec, American Augers, Tri-flo Inc.,
Kem-Tron Technologies and Mud Technologies International.
The Vermeer MX240 Modular Drilling Fluid Mixing System enables fast, efficient high-volume mixing of drilling fluid for large-diameter and longer-distance HDD applications. The unit is powered by either a 25-hp Kohler gas or 22-hp Hatz diesel engine. A modular design provides mounting placement flexibility. A new venturi design features a direct injection hose, which allows the operator to inject drilling additives directly into the tank. The additive tank features a cone-shaped bottom to help prevent drilling additives from collecting at the bottom of the hopper. 641.628.3141, www.vermeer.com
The Grundomudd portable bentonite mixing/delivery system uses a Venturi mixer/filtration system to quickly mix bentonite and water into slurry. An in-tank re-circulating valve prevents the mixture from settling. The Grundomudd is available in 225-, twin 225-, 500- and 1,000-gallon capacity models. Each self-contained unit comes complete and ready to use. A tank isolation valve allows pump lines to be cleaned without draining the tank(s). All models incorporate easy to clean round poly tanks. 800.533.2078, www.tttechnologies.com
The FM13V fluid mixing system is designed to work a long time before requiring any of your attention. Its pump lubricates itself during mixing, and works so efficiently that it delivers 20 percent more fluid capacity than other models. To make your life easier, it even has a built-in bag-ripper. Operators have a choice between a 500- and 1,000-gallon tank. 800.654.6481, www.ditchwitch.com
The latest concept in Mud Pumps from American Augers is the P-600/G2 featuring a Kerr tri-plex 600 GPM pump. The big valves on this new pump allow contractors use a higher viscosity (heavier) mud without lowering the flow rate! This, in turn, means a smaller pump with a smaller engine can be utilized thus increasing fuel savings. 800.324.4930, www.americanaugers.com