Trenchless Technology

NOV 2018

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Additionally, the JT20XP package creates an all -diesel jobsite without the requirement for DEF by staying below the 75-hp threshold. " It is something that is becoming a bigger deal . Most contractors in this class of drills want an all -diesel job - site," Maker says. "Almost everybody in the industry from a JT25- size drill and down generally run a gas [fluid] mixing system." Mixing systems are generally lower horsepower because the centrifugal pump does not gener- ate high pressure. With the addition of the mud pump, the increased horse- power of a diesel engine was a must . "Taking that high-pressure mud pump off the drill allowed us to save that horsepower for the drill," Maker says. "There is more power, at a lower decibel rating , with the diesel engine and the power pack compared to running a gas engine." Decreased noise is definitely a consideration for contractors who work in residential neighborhoods when they look at new equipment. Increased performance from the drill relates directly to increased pro - ductivity. Contractors also will see ad- ditional productivity gains in the easy transportation of the JT20XP package from jobsite to jobsite. Because the drill and the mixing system connect via a high-pressure hose, as opposed to a fire hose which is typically used, there is little to no drilling fluid clean- up other than what is in the mud pit . Continuing on the productiv- ity angle, Ditch Witch optimized the package to use a 500-gal fluid tank — though larger sizes are available — and it partnered with Felling Trailers to use the Felling FT-24 I trailer. This does not vary significantly to a similar JT20 setup. " That is a big deal , being able to use that same package, and have that same smaller footprint , we didn't have to lose any capacity to the trailer," Maker says. " We still have several thousand pounds of additional [hauling ] weight available, so the contractor can carry additional mud or drill pipe on the trailer. Our competitors cannot do that due to weight constraints unless they run a smaller fluid mixing tank." Though this package only recently hit the market , Maker says that cus- tomers have already inquired about similar packages in larger drill sizes as they look to improve their produc- tivity across all jobs not just in fiber installs. From what we have seen, and what customers are asking for, they want to do more with less," Maker says. " They want to take the same size footprint drill they have and use it for more capabilities and that is what these op - tions do." Mike Kezdi is associate editor of Trenchless Technology . W W W.T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY.C O M 51

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