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Vermeer Expands HDD Support Equipment Range

This is the first model released by Vermeer from the acquisition of electric-powered HDD and fluid systems technology from Normag in 2020

This is the first model released by Vermeer from the acquisition of electric-powered HDD and fluid systems technology from Normag in 2020. The all-electric R500 reclaimer is a key part of the Vermeer strategy to meet growing demand for electric- powered jobsite solutions.

The R500 reclaimer is available as skid- or trailer-mounted. The skid is prepared for forklift use, and the trailer comes equipped with a height-adjustable surge brake to adapt to a variety of towing vehicles. It has a rated processing capacity of 500 l/min to 750 l/min and features a double-deck linear shaker to deliver stable performance under variable processing volume. A high- capacity (11 kW) pump is used for optimum circulation.

The electric HDD technology offers a unique integrated electric power system that optimises efficiency across the generator set, drill rig and fluid management systems during operation. When connected to the electric grid, the system can operate as a fuel-free system. All systems have also been designed to match standard international shipping container dimensions to reduce the machine footprint, jobsite setup time, complexity and cost.

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“With this technology already proven in operations across Europe, our Vermeer team can now fast-track an electric HDD offering that helps operators better control their cost
of operations and jobsite impact through reduced fuel use, near-zero emissions, limited noise and an overall smaller rig footprint.” said Vermeer President and CEO Jason Andringa. “This investment critically supports our innovation and product development focus to continually help customers optimise their jobsite efficiency, while limiting environmental impact.

To prepare for building the R500, the Vermeer team modified 223-part prints and 425 3D computer-aided design (CAD) files, all from the Vermeer EMEA headquarters in Goes, Netherlands. The company expanded its production capacity, and future models and electric-powered systems will also be developed and produced at Vermeer EMEA, as well.

The R500 launched with two pilot Vermeer dealerships in Benelux and France starting in August 2021. After that, it will be available throughout the EEA region in September 2021.


Vermeer is also expanding its horizontal directional drilling (HDD) tooling options with the introduction of the new Vermeer Ultra X3 Drilling System for utility-sized rigs. The Ultra X3 is designed with a unique, non-torqued spline connection system, and it offers compatibility with a wide range of pilot bit and pullback configurations.

The Ultra X3 is designed to be ultra-versatile and delivers value and efficiency in three ways:

  • The ability to swap out tooling quickly with two knock-out dowel pins
  • The capability of reaming directly from the transmitter housing

The elimination of starter rods and adapters in certain applications

Since the Vermeer Ultra X3 uses a robust spline connection system, tooling does not have to be threaded on, eliminating the need for breakout tongs to make and break torqued tooling connections. Operators just need to align the spline on the tooling with the spline on the housing, then secure tooling by tapping in dowel pins. The system is capable of handling the torque of reaming diameters up to 10 in (25 cm) diameter in most conditions from the transmitter housing. Also, it is set up to use a full offering of plate bits and rock tooling like the Vermeer Gauntlet, Lance and single roller cone bits.

The Ultra X3 housing uses a standard API rear connection and also works with quick-connect systems like the Vermeer QuickFire® HD connection system. However, Jason Zylstra, product manager for Vermeer Lifecycle products, said contractors who seldomly remove their housing may find value in skipping the expense of starter rods and collars because there is a quick connect on the bit side of the housing. “With the Ultra X3, contractors can sub out conventional quick-connect components for a transition adapter rod, increasing operational efficiency.”

Zylstra also said that using the Ultra X3 system can help reduce the size of the exit pit in some applications. “Since the Ultra X3 does not require the housing be removed for most pullbacks, HDD crews can changeover from pilot to pullback in a smaller space.” he explained. “Smaller pit requirements can also help reduce restoration work.”

The Vermeer Ultra X3 is available in three different sizes covering all HDD models rated up to the 40,000 lb (177.9 kN) drill range.

  • Ultra X3 375 for HDDs in the 40,000 lb (177.9 kN) drill range — Vermeer D40x55 S3 HDD or Ditch Witch JT40 HDD
  • Ultra X3 325 for HDDs in the 24,000 lb (106.8 kN) drill range — Vermeer D23x30 S3 HDD, D24x40 S3 HDD or Ditch Witch JT30 HDD
  • Ultra X3 275 for HDDs in the 10,000 lb (44.5 kN) drill range — Vermeer D10x15 S3 HDD or Ditch Witch JT10 HDD
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