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Mud Mixing Systems: Equipment Spotlight
Mud mixing systems from TT Technologies, KEMTRON, Triflo Intl., American Augers, Vermeer, Mud Technology Intl., Straightline and Ditch Witch.
The Grundomudd uses a Venturi mixer/filtration system to mix water and bentonite in a matter of minutes, while an in-tank recirculating valve keeps that mixture from settling. A Hypro diaphragm pump is used for pumping the bentonite mixture into the bore hole. Bentonite specification: Two 50-pound bags of bentonite combined with 225 gallons of water will yield a 5 percent mixture. Clean-up is faster with a tank isolation valve - pump lines can be cleaned without draining the tank. The unit also provides easy freshwater flushing and easy antifreeze protection. Build to order bentonite systems are also available for special applications. 800.533.2078, tttechnologies.com
KEMTRON Technologies’ Tango 500 mud recycling system is the perfect fit for today’s HDD drilling contractor. Capable of processing up to 500 gallons per minute of drilling fluid the Tango unit is a high performing recycling system with a compact user-friendly design. The Tango 500 features KEMTRON’s multifunctional six-panel double deck linear motion shaker and desilter manifold capable of cleaning your used drilling fluid down to 35 microns. 281.261.5778, kemtron.com
Triflo’s Model 1200 HDD mud system boasts a 1,200 gallon two-compartment tank mounted on a heavy-duty three-beam skid with pull pipe on each end. The tank includes necessary plumbing for three centrifugal pumps, one mud cleaner and mud hopper. Other features include mud slides, dump gates, grating, ladder, lighting and single control panel with pump and motor starters. Flow rates are from 100 to 150 gpm. 888.255.2440, triflo.com
The MPR-6000 from American Augers is a pure innovation for self-contained drilling fluid technology. With a high-capacity system that has the ability to mix, pump and provide large volumes of mud down-hole, it is the perfect accessory for use with mud motors or large reamers. The optional Quiet Pak noise-reducing system makes this unit a “must-have” for all horizontal directional drilling projects. 800.324.4930, americanaugers.com