Drilling: Knowing the drill | Article

With diverse applications and a huge variety of equipment and components, drilling can be a difficult sector to pin down.

Yet, its importance to the construction and quarrying industries is undoubted, as the strength of the offerings from major manufacturers demonstrates.

Trenchless technology is now a prerequisite on many construction sites, and the power and durability of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) equipment is advancing, along with guidance system technologies.

Ditch Witch recently launched two directional drills. The first was the JT20XP directional drill package, designed for mid-sized and larger utility-installation jobs.

Along with the drill itself, the package includes an XP44 mixing system, which channels all 118 hp of on-board power towards thrust and rotation.

Powered by a 74.5 hp Tier 4 Deutz diesel engine, the new drill promises greater mud flow, plus improved spindle torque and speed than its predecessor.

The mixing system is powered by a 44 hp Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine.

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Ditch Witch says the compact nature of the drill package allows for easy transportation in and around job sites.

The unit includes ergonomic controls, an LCD display and electronic strike indicators.

Ditch Witch’s JT40 directional drill, which is available with an optional fully-enclosed cab, has a choice of heat and air capabilities, or an open operator’s station.

Both options feature an ergonomic seat and extended legroom and place the operator at a 45-degree angle, which Ditch Witch says provides visibility at all critical vision points.

Powered by a 160 hp, Tier 4 Cummins diesel engine, the JT40 promises minimal pipe-entry distance, resulting in extra drill pipe support on entering the ground. Ditch Witch says class-leading cycle times can be achieved due to the drill’s optimised carriage speed, while its ability to hold up to 182.8 m of drill pipe onboard allows for extended bores.

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