Vermeer debuts small service horizontal directional drill

Vermeer compact equipment

Vermeer expanded its line of utility installation equipment with the launch of the D8x12 Navigator horizontal directional drill at ICUEE 2017 in Louisville. This new compact and highly productive drill is sized for working in tight spaces, features straightforward controls and delivers quiet operation. With two drill rod options for added versatility, the Vermeer D8x12 is well suited for small service installations, including gas distribution, power, water and telecommunication networks.

“From fiber-to-the-home projects to residential utility upgrades, there is a growing demand for compact horizontal directional drills that can easily access residential backyards, are lightweight to help reduce turf damage and quiet to minimize neighbor disturbances,” explained Tod Michael, product manager of trenchless products at Vermeer. “With the D8x12, we were able to exceed contractors’ expectations in all of those areas and more. It’s an affordable service-oriented machine that is over 29 percent more powerful than similarly sized drills on the market today.”

The Vermeer D8x12 horizontal directional drill is equipped with a 48 hp (35.8 kW) Kohler diesel engine and offers 1,000 ft-lb (1,355.8 Nm) of spindle torque and 7,850 pounds (34.9 kN) of thrust/pullback. It features basic hydraulic pilot joystick controls with only essential electrical components, simplifying operation and routine maintenance.

With a low noise emission level of 85 dBA at the operator’s ear and guaranteed sound power of 104 dBA, the D8x12 is an excellent machine for working in urban environments. It can fit through a 36-inch (91.4 cm) gate or onto a trailer with other jobsite essentials.

While on the job, the D8x12 drill’s tracks provide optimized traction for operations with little ground disturbance. With a forward travel speed of 2.8 mph (4.5 km/h), this compact drill can quickly be repositioned between bores.

The Vermeer D8x12 also gives contractors multiple drill rod options. Choose a 1.31” (3.4 cm) diameter Firestick drill rod when tight steering is required, or 1.66” (4.2 cm) diameter drill rod for more demanding ground conditions and longer drill shots. In addition, it can share tooling with several current and previous Vermeer drill models, including the D6x6, D7x11 Series II, D9x13 S3 and D10x15 S3 Navigator horizontal directional drills.

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