Advanced Fluid Management Systems Increase HDD Productivity

The Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has updated its line of fluid management systems to increase productivity and reduce costs on horizontal directional drilling (HDD) projects through improved drilling fluid flow, increased durability and faster mixing cycles and yield times.

The full line of fluid management systems includes the FT5, FM5X, FM13X and FM25X to meet the needs of any small- to mid-sized HDD project. The systems are equipped with tanks ranging from 200-gallon to 950-gallon capacity, as well as powerful engines that supply up to 25 horsepower, depending on the model.
The FM5X, FM13X and FM25X models feature an updated, internal venturi design that optimizes fluid velocity and increases overall system productivity. Additionally, a new, wet hopper increases the venturi inlet from 1.25 to 2 inches – a 60 percent larger opening for material flow and superior fluid mixing.

The tank on these units has a sloping bottom to ensure all drilling fluid flows through the pump and is thoroughly mixed. A powder-coat finish provides durability, and helps with chipping, rust and fading resistance for a longer useful life.

Featuring multiple configuration options – including curbside and street side – the FM25X system accommodates a variety of setups for easier transport. It also offers fuel configurations from both sides of the unit to meet any job-site need.A hydraulic circuit provides operators the ability to run two tank systems simultaneously. By mixing one tank while a drill on-site is using mud

from the other tank, the unit eliminates the need to stop a bore to mix fluid, further enhancing productivity and increasing uptime.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Ditch Witch, (580) 336-4402, ditchwith.com

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