Vermeer Large Rig Offers Power, Mobility In Compact Footprint

September 2013, Vol. 68 No. 9

With energy shale plays, he continued, industry specifications are changing and what once was a six- to 10-inch pipe diameter job, now is a 24-inch job. Contractors need equipment that can help fulfill demands of changing specifications.


“Instead of making multiple passes with an 80,000- or 100,000-pound rig to accomplish larger diameter jobs,” he said, “contractors can complete them more economically with the power increase available in the D220x300. The increased capabilities of the drill make for bigger hole openings with fewer passes of the reamer.”

Heinen pointed out that a typical job for a D220x300 would be 2,500 to 3,000 feet in length.

“Its power-to-footprint ratio will allow contractors to complete jobs that are inaccessible by larger rigs and will allow them to still complete this type of work profitably,” he added. “While the D220x300 is well-suited to urban work, its compact footprint and balanced design also allow it to shine when working in remote, difficult to access terrain.”


The D220x300 uses 20-foot long drill rod instead of the industry-standard 31.5-foot pipe. A single row, sliding arm rod loader allows for the staging of four rods at one time, and the rotation gearbox features a floating spline shaft design which eliminates the need for operator to “feather” the carriage or use a mechanical cushion sub during drill rod makeup and breakout. The new model has the same control arrangement as other models throughout the Vermeer Navigator lineup, limiting operator training time. An optional knuckle-boom onboard crane can be mounted on either side of the base anchor.

Vermeer underground construction equipment is manufactured by Vermeer Corp., Pella, IA. In addition to horizontal directional drilling equipment, downhole tools and fluid mixing systems, Vermeer’s product line includes trenchers, vibratory plows, vacuum excavators, pneumatic piercing tools and support equipment sold and serviced through a worldwide dealer organization.

Vermeer Corp., (888) 837-6337,

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