November 2019 Vol. 74 No. 11

New Products


Available in early 2020, in select regions, the new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) integrates dual-rod technology into a compact machine design to efficiently maneuver through rock in congested cities, busy neighborhoods or tight job sites. With a class-leading narrow footprint and a weight of 16,500 pounds, it’s the lightest rock drill on the market and is well-suited for fiber, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as other challenging ground conditions. 

Vermeer’s Firestick drill rod dual system onboard the D23x30DR S3 gives operators 7-percent downhole steerability. The unit’s threaded outer rod has a rotational torque of 3,000 foot-pounds, while its hex inner rod delivers up to 800 foot-pounds. Powered by a Deutz TCD3.6L4 diesel engine, it has thrust/pullback of 24,000 pounds.

The Vermeer XR2 is the industry’s first vacuum excavator equipped with a shaker deck that separates liquids and solids to allow contractors to stay on the job site longer, work efficiently and reduce disposal expenses. Solid material is moved by conveyor toward the rear of the machine, where it is discharged and can be carried away or left on the job site, depending on the material. Used, slurry water is pumped into one of the four XR2 holding tanks for disposal.

It also has 1,500 gallons of freshwater storage capacity capable of delivering up to 150 minutes of wand time at a rate of 10 gallons per minute. A 6-inch-diameter hose produces up to 3,400 cfm of suction for maximized digging performance, and a 21-foot boom gives crews 260 degrees of swing. 

McLaughlin, a Vermeer Company, introduced five, new auger boring machine models, including WH 225. Developed to perform long, large-diameter casing installations for power, communications, water/sewer and pipeline projects, the machine is an underground contractor’s workhorse. It’s powered by a 214-horsepower Volvo Tier 4 compliant diesel engine and equipped with a 5-inch hex auger that drives 1.2 million pounds of thrust and 126,000 foot-pounds of torque for bore applications ranging from 16 inches to 72 inches in diameter.

The McLaughlin WH 225 delivers optimum performance with a wireless remote control that allows the operator to be out of the pit while boring, and a Rabbit Travel feature for quick movement of the boring machine when adding casings or repositioning the auger.

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