Vermeer D8x12 Navigator® Horizontal Directional Drill

The new compact and highly productive Vermeer D8x12 Navigator® horizontal directional drill is sized for working in tight spaces, features straightforward controls and delivers quiet operation. With two drill rod options for added versatility, the 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 disturbance. With the D8x12, Vermeer was able to exceed contractors’ expectations in all of those areas and more. The D8x12 is equipped with a 48 hp (35.8 kW) Kohler diesel engine and offers 1,200 ft-lb (1,626.9 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 also can fit through a 36-inch (91.4 cm) gate or onto a trailer with other jobsite essentials. To learn more, visit your local Vermeer dealer or

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