Product Focus - August 2020

Product Focus - August 2020

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Drill Bit

Melfred Borzall Eagle Claw SD

The Eagle Claw SD bit from Melfred Borzall has integrated dome carbide blocks in the body to give greater wear protection and cutting power. Added conical carbides on the upper cutting face add more aggression to the bit’s cutting power. The dome carbide blocks on the opposite side of the body also help transfer more power to the cutting surface as they push against the wall pack during rotation down the hole. The balanced cutting design ensures there is no vibration up the rod and to the rig so that wear protection extends to the rest of the rig.


Drilling Fluid


UNI-DRILL from Wyo-Ben is a fast-mixing, liquid polyanionic cellulose polymer designed for all types of water-based drilling fluids. It is nonfermenting and works well with even the most difficult water quality. While its primary function is fluid loss control, it offers suitable shale inhibition and lubricity, making it a true total mud conditioner. It has seen use in all types of drilling applications where changing soil conditions present challenges to drilling contractors. Its properties coupled with simple mixing instructions allow for the minimization or elimination of other additive inventories. Since it is highly concentrated, users can always do more with less, saving money in the long run.


Horizontal Directional Drilling

Akkerman 1525B/D

The 1525B/D hydraulically driven high-pressure pump from Akkerman is used for effective pilot tube and other pipe jacking operations particularly on larger-diameter bores. The large, 525-gallon tank offers in-tank agitation for continuous mixing, independent agitation, or agitate and pump to maintain optimal mud viscosity. It displaces a Marsh Funnel viscosity as high as 50 seconds with pump flow up to 10 gpm at 2,500 psi. It is powered by a 20.7 hp diesel engine with an 8-gallon fuel tank. Like its 325-gallon counterparts, it is simple, safe and reliable. There are few moving parts, no belts and a shrouded agitator. The stepped platform makes it easy for operators to access and fill the tank.


Ditch Witch JT24

Built to maximize horsepower and efficiency downhole, the Ditch Witch JT24 directional drill is equipped with 101 hp and 24,000 pounds of thrust and pullback while maintaining a compact footprint. This makes the drill suitable for congested urban and residential gas, fiber and other utility installation job sites. It is designed with a wider frame than competitive units for stability to easily traverse uneven terrain and city curbs. Its economical footprint also lends itself to better maneuverability in congested areas and easier transportation between job sites. With a maximum carriage speed of 216 feet per minute, it is primed for productivity by decreasing cycle times and increasing uptime. It also holds up to 400 feet of drill, making it suitable for longer bores.


Infinity Tool PDC Product Puller

The PDC Product Puller from Infinity Tool is designed to integrate with a PDC bit, allowing the product to be pulled without removing the bit at the end of the pilot bore. The puller enables massive time savings, as there is no need to remove the PDC bit at the end of the pilot bore, which means no large exit pit or heavy hand tools.


Subsite Electronics TK RECON Series

The TK RECON Series HDD guidance system from Subsite Electronics offers all the benefits of the original TK Series built on an advanced-technology base that allows the company to incorporate several performance-enhancing features now and to accept upgraded features in the future. With more battery choices than the competition and improved radio performance with increased interference immunity and faster information transfer, the series is designed to enable operators to be more productive and efficient on every job site.


Hydroexcavation Equipment

Comet Industrial Pumps EF and EFR 75/88

EF and EFR 75/88 high-pressure plunger pumps from Comet Industrial Pumps (A Division of Valley Industries) easily handle up to 23 gpm, 4,060 psi and 43 hp. Flexible setup allows for multiple gearbox mounting positions, and a symmetric crankcase allows for simple right-to-left shaft conversion. They are designed with stainless steel and aluminum alloy to provide increased durability. They come standard with heavy-duty seals that have low-pressure lubrication and a circulation chamber. They include oversized tapered roller bearings, solid ceramic plungers, stainless steel piston guides and connecting rods with thin-shell bearings. They come standard with a flange for a direct-drive mount, but they can be adapted for a hydraulic motor or a PTO connection or set up with an input pulley and clutch.


Dynablast HV420F-12VRED

The Dynablast HV420F-12VRED hydrovac water heater produces 420,000 Btu with an output temperature of 175 degrees F at 5 gpm, making it suitable for colder climates and improved digging in clay-filled areas. All models come with ETL certification for safety, which also includes certification on the coil for higher efficiency and heat transfer, a stainless steel target plate for increased coil life and a design with serviceability in mind with momentary override control. A 19-by-19-inch footprint makes it suitable for compact installations.


Easy Kleen Pressure Systems Wildcat Heaters

Wildcat Heaters high-pressure, oil-fired hot-water/steam heaters and hydraulic pump systems from Easy Kleen Pressure Systems are designed for reliability and efficiency and are installation-ready for vacuum trucks and hydroexcavators. A full range of heater options includes dry steam, redundancy packages, Schedule 80 and 160 stainless steel or A53 boiler pipe, fine-tuned temperature and flow-control systems. All coils are manufactured in-house, with CRN boiler-approved coils now available. Heaters can be designed for mounting in a cabinet or supplied as a completed cabinet unit. They are CSA and ETL approved. Hydraulic pumping systems are available.


Enz USA HydroX nozzle

The HydroX nozzle from Enz USA is available in 3/8-inch NPT or 1/2-inch connecting threads, and it can function at up to 5,000 psi with flow as low as 8 gpm. It combines a powerful, oscillating water jet with the high removal rate of debris. A tungsten carbide front jet ensures a longer life than ceramic jets can offer. For quick and easy maintenance, a repair kit is available. Due to the nozzle’s simplicity, repairs can be made quickly and efficiently in the field with little downtime. For the operator’s safety, a plastic cover provides protection against harsh and sensitive environments.


GapVax HV33

Designed to safely transport water and debris in urban areas, the GapVax HV33 is shorter, smaller and more compact than its predecessor. It is 30 feet long overall on a medium-duty chassis and includes a 600-gallon water tank, 6-cubic-yard debris body, 6- or 8-inch top-mounted telescoping boom with a 14- to 17.5-foot reach, 4,000 cfm power and an inverted, full-opening tailgate.


HotJet USA Vac ’n Jet Series

The HotJet USA Vac ’n Jet Series of vacuum trailer jetters are rugged and compact; are engineered to haul equipment and spoils loads; can clean valve boxes and storm drains; and can hydroexcavate and/or clean drainlines and sewer lines. They offer hot- and cold-water operation with a choice of engine options ranging from 13 to 66 hp and gas or diesel operation. They are equipped with premium triplex pumps, a 500-gallon spoils tank, 200-gallon water tank, Gardner Denver vac/blowers, 4-ton hydraulic dump and centri-clean filter system. They can also be custom-engineered and designed to meet specifications.


Hydra-Flex Machete

The Machete hydroexcavating nozzle from Hydra-Flex channels water in an oscillating motion, creating a smaller spray angle. This in turn provides a direct stream with a more forceful impact. This premium penetration will allow faster digging and more precise trenching capabilities. Its durable, replaceable cover allows for instant changeability while increasing the overall nozzle’s life span. It is available in three sizes, with operating pressure ranges from 1,000 to 3,200 psi with a heat rating of 180 degrees F. Generating more power, it will last in excess of 500 hours, improving digging times and replacement costs.



The MONRO-JET hydroexcavation nozzle from NozzTeq combines the power of a solid-stream pencil jet with the large coverage of a fan jet. An orbital design increases performance at a lower gallon-per-minute rate and pressures as high as 36,250 psi, allowing the operator to move faster when hydroexcavating and cleaning surfaces or sewer lines. It can be used for other types of surface cleaning such as concrete, steel, castings and large surface areas including line removal from runways. It can be modified for internal cleaning of sewers and pipes of all types.


RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment AX air excavator

The AX air excavator from RAMVAC Vacuum Excavators by Sewer Equipment is mounted on a non-CDL chassis for operator efficiency. This truck series comes standard with a single-engine design with 12-volt electrical controls and manual hand valves for ease of use and maintenance while offering onboard water for the ability to excavate with both air and water. With payload capacities from 5,000 to 12,000 pounds, the hydraulic rear door allows operators to dump spoils quickly and easily. The blower can be customized to achieve the results needed in any applications, with capacities of 18 or 27 inches Hg, 1,400 or 3,000 cfm and hose diameters of 4 or 6 inches. All water systems are contained within a single heated enclosure for cold-weather applications while also offering ample tool storage.


Rival Hydrovac T7 Tandem

The T7 Tandem hydrovac from Rival Hydrovac was designed primarily to be loaded with debris and driven within legislated road limits with most types of debris on board. The unit comes standard with a scale that reads real-time weights both in the cab and on the wireless remote to confirm weights prior to travel. It is operator-friendly, and the operating system is engaged through one PTO switch. The remainder of the operation occurs from the rear panel or the wireless remote. The components are high performance, and the unit will dig at levels competitive to large units, according to the maker.


Soil Surgeon hydroexcavating tool

The Soil Surgeon hydroexcavating tool fits any sewer combination truck equipped with a telescoping 6- or 8-inch boom. The tool has a 1-inch water connection. The operator controls water pressure and power through truck controls. It has a 6-foot Tuff Tube with handles to guide the unit down for potholing or side to side for trenching. Six jets boring inward cut the soil, while six boring outward bring the tube down.


Super Products Mud Dog

The Mud Dog hydroexcavator from Super Products is designed for operator convenience and consistent performance in the harshest environments, according to the maker. It offers an air excavation option, allowing the operator to choose water or air. It is available with a 12- or 16-yard debris capacity. It comes standard with safe tilt ejection unloading and is equipped with a rear-mounted boom that can reach 27 feet with a 335-degree rotation and can move in a 45-degree-upward and 25-degree-downward pivot. This allows for versatility within dig areas so units do not need to be constantly readjusted into position.


Tornado Global Hydrovacs F4 ECOLITE

The F4 ECOLITE from Tornado Global Hydrovacs has a 12-cubic-yard mud tank and holds 1,550 gallons of freshwater. The unit is more than 7,000 pounds lighter than the company’s older models and offers more than double the payload. The boom has a 342-degree rotation and a 26-foot reach. The smaller F3 ECOLITE is a 10-cubic-yard, 1,250-gallon tandem-axle unit that more than doubles older payload capacities. It features an 8-inch boom and 3,800 cfm blower.


Transway Systems Terra-Vex HV38

The Transway Systems Terra-Vex HV38 has a 12-yard debris tank with onboard scales for efficient hauling and offloading, complete with a 26-foot-by-8-inch telescopic boom. It has a one-touch-operated hydraulic half-door with a 3,800 cfm at 27 inches Hg hydraulically driven blower. Water pressure is achieved with a hydraulically driven triplex pump, delivering 10 gpm at 3,600 psi from a 1,000-gallon HDPE baffled water tank. The water is heated with a 420,000 Btu diesel-fired burner for cold-weather operation.


Vacall AllExcavate

The Vacall AllExcavate hydroexcavator is suitable for excavating soil, rocks and clay around utility lines and foundations. It uses high-pressure jetting action up to 24.5 gpm with up to 3,000 psi to loosen material. A 27-inch Hg and 5,800 cfm vacuum suctions the material and water slurry into the debris tank. The multistage vacuum filtration system has a simplified design to reduce maintenance, extend performance and increase working life. As material is deposited into the debris body, air continues to move through a dual cyclone separator where more material particles and moisture are removed. The filtered air then passes through the blower, silencer and exhaust. All models are available with three different vacuum boom tube and hose designs to accommodate customer preference.


Vac-Con X-Cavator

The X-Cavator from Vac-Con is designed to be powerful, durable, efficient and easy to operate. It features a hydrostatic drive using the chassis engine for vacuum, eliminating the need for PTO, clutch and gearbox operation. It is available with water systems up to 4,000 psi and a mobile, wireless remote-control system for chassis engine revolutions per minute, boom, automatic vacuum breaker, dump controls and hydraulic door locks from up to a half-mile away. The boom rotates 270 degrees.


Inspection/Mapping Software

RapidView IBAK North America IKAS Evolution

IKAS Evolution sewer analysis software from RapidView IBAK North America is designed to give the inspector full control of acquisition and sewer data analysis. It was developed with modularity in mind. Being Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program as well as Lateral Assessment and Certification Program data interface capable, it can be adapted to the needs of modern sewer inspection and each individual user’s workflow. With a standard user interface throughout the platform, once a user is familiar with one program, they will already know their way around the next one. It is available in four base bundles with more than two dozen extension options available for advanced inspections, including full high definition, 3D-GeoSense, laser measurement and LaserScan profile analysis.



Vivax-Metrotech vLoc3 RTK-Pro

The vLoc3 RTK-Pro receiver from Vivax-Metrotech includes real-time kinematic GNSS accuracy. Using the internal cellular module with 4G LTE capabilities, the operator can connect to a NTRIP RTK caster that provides RTCM 3 corrections. By using these corrections, the operator can collect both utility location data along with the geographical location of the utility with survey-grade accuracy. It is designed for all operator levels, with user-friendly and intuitive locate screens. Operators confirm the utility data with the press of a button and align the electronic spirit level to store the data. All field data is sent to the cloud and retained in the receiver’s onboard storage for review and exporting to external mapping programs. The user-configurable receiver contains eight passive locate modes, fault find mode and a range of configurable frequencies from 16 Hz to 200 kHz.


Mud/Slurry Pumps

Gorman-Rupp SludgeKat

The SludgeKat hydraulic-driven, positive displacement sludge pump from Gorman-Rupp is designed to handle applications involving heavy sludges and slurries. It has 4-inch suction and discharge ports and is capable of flows up to 226 gpm and heads up to 390 feet TDH. Depending on the product being pumped, it can pass up to 2.4-inch-diameter solids without damaging or clogging the pump. Units are equipped with the latest in Tier 4 diesel engine-driven technology. Each comes standard with a Department of Transportation-approved wheel kit. The pump end frame can be detached from the unit, and when connected to optional 150-foot hoses, it provides increased portability around the job site. It is suitable for clarifying pits, wastewater treatment, oil and gas drilling, mud pump applications, environmental cleanup and a variety of other heavy-duty municipal, industrial and construction applications.


Hydra-Tech Pumps S3CSL

The S3CSL submersible 3-inch hydraulic-driven sand slurry pump from Hydra-Tech Pumps includes a built-in agitator used for stirring up solids. It has hardened alloy wear parts and is designed to be used in applications where settled solids must be put into suspension and pumped away with the discharge water. Primary applications include desilting ponds, lakes and streams; other uses include filling sandbags to prevent beach erosion, cleaning tanks and digesters, or pumping sediment from caissons. It requires hydraulic inputs of up to 10 gpm at 3,000 psi, and when combined with HT11 to HT20 open and sound-attenuated power units, it is capable of output flows to 450 gpm.


Pipe Bursting Equipment

HammerHead Trenchless HydroGuide HG2200

The 22-ton, radio-remote-controlled HydroGuide HG2200 cable winch from HammerHead Trenchless is designed for maximum efficiency and ease-of-use in pipe bursting, sliplining and pipe slitting applications. Radio remote control provides operators maximum visibility when positioning the winch by freeing them from a position at the controls on the back of the unit. Operators simply launch the unit’s 23-foot hydraulic boom with the touch of a button and can fine-tune its depth to 20 feet. The boom is adjustable along all three axes for exact positioning. Line speed and pressure for the unit’s 2,500 feet of cable are both infinitely adjustable within their parameters. It is available in wheeled or tracked configurations and comes standard with hydraulic leveling jacks.


Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions PD-33M 

The PD-33M pipe bursting machine from Pow-R Mole Trenchless Solutions is designed to replace existing underground pipes 2 to 6 inches in diameter. Its nonslip, cylinder-activated jaws prevent cable damage while providing 60,000 pounds of pulling force. It offers a cost-effective alternative to opencut excavation, reducing customer disruption and increasing company profits. The process replaces the existing pipe with a fused HDPE pipe, which eliminates all joints, and allows the operator to pull through bends such as 45-degree fittings. This system is modular and can be easily disassembled and reassembled for manhole and basement applications. With a compact design and very small footprint of only 20 by 20 inches, this unit can be used in tight locations.


Pipe Fusion Equipment

McElroy TracStar Series 2

TracStar Series 2 machines from McElroy can fuse long polyethylene pipelines installed with sliplining, pipe bursting and directional drilling technologies. They are easy to maneuver on the job site and have a generator on board to provide electricity and hydraulic power. The machines are self-propelled on a dual-track system, which offers freedom of movement across rugged terrain. They are offered in a wide range of pipe sizes from 2-inch IPS to 48-inch O.D. pipe.



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