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For set up, the Cleat and bull bar, if used, is set up with the bar facing the direction of the bore path. The drill rig is driven onto the Cleat, pushing the cleats into the ground and positioning the machine against the bull bar. The short, eight-inch cleats do not go deep enough to penetrate existing utilities, Sharpe added. If circumstances dictate, the rig can be chained to the cleat.
When the job is complete, the machine is driven off the Cleat and the unit is removed for use on the next site.
“We plan to offer different sizes of Cleats for different soil conditions,” Sharpe continued. “For small rigs less than 40,000 pounds, only the front Cleat is needed. For 60,000 pounds rigs and higher, we may use a Cleat the entire rig can crawl on; the bigger the rig, the more sections of Cleats you will need.”
The DataTraX Cad Steering System dramatically changes the set up and use of magnetic steering tools including as-built report capabilities. The system is Auto-Cad compatible, allowing for easier set up and improves tracking accuracy.
The DTX steering system offers the user a wide range of flexibility. The system has been used to hit a 1-foot target at 190-feet deep, intersect oncoming bores or drill between existing lines. When precise accuracy is less an issue, the job can be set up with a single wire stretched over the entire length of the bore. When set up properly, the DTX system can often exceed, ± 1 percent of the depth. The recorded data can be converted to Auto-Cad and is GIS compatible. Perhaps the best feature is that there are no costly footage fees.
For HDD jobs where enlarging the pilot hole is often the most expensive project cost, the new Viper and Jumbo Viper RockReamer was designed to address this problem by providing longer life, better penetration and smoother operation with enhanced cutter security.
The Viper Series RockReamer improves penetration rates while extending cutter life. Larger cutters and greater arm clearance improve strength and down-hole life, lowering contractor per foot costs. It comes with replaceable cutters and arms and can be customized to the contractors needs with field replaceable cutters or weld on cutters and arms. The tool has strategically placed forward and rear jets.