The Vermeer D24x40 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) set the industry standard in 1993, and with the introduction of the D24x40 S3 in 2015, there are even more reasons it’s the choice to meet contractors’ right-size, right-power needs.
Speed, simplicity and sound are the trademarks of the Vermeer S3 generation of directional drills, and D24x40 S3 combines these attributes with a proud legacy of reliability and productivity.
With 28,000 lbs. (124.6 kN) of thrust and pullback ,and 4,200 ft.-lbs. (5,694.4 Nm) of rotational torque — along with improved ground speed, carriage speed, rotational speed and rod breakout efficiency — the D24x40 S3 is built to help maximize machine and job site productivity.
The D24x40 S3 features a significant sound reduction at 104 dBA guaranteed sound power level and an operator ear rating of 82.9 dBA, which makes for a quieter working environment, creates less neighborhood disturbance and enables easier communication among the crew.
A carriage speed of 240 fpm (73.1 m/min) and a rotational speed of 253 rpm — outpacing rival machines — help contractors install more linear feet per day, maximizing job site efficiency. The D24x40 S3 is powered by a 125 hp (93 kW), liquid-cooled, turbocharged diesel John Deere 4045 4.5L Tier 4 engine.
“The Vermeer D24x40 model series has been one of the best-selling drills in the history of horizontal directional drilling since its introduction in 1993,” says Jon Kuyers, Senior Global Product Manager, Underground, for Vermeer. “Contractors around the globe have trusted their reliability; now with the addition of more drilling power, and reduced sound and cycle times — we’ve made one of the best drills in the market better. It’s the ultimate machine to handle a wide range of installation projects.”
A common control system benefits drill operators with the ability to operate a variety of Vermeer drills and lessens the time needed for training. This includes a digital display, improved onboard diagnostics and common joystick controls. The system design uses a power distribution module that reduces the amount of wiring and fuses for greater reliability. A DigiTrak Aurora interactive, full-color touchscreen display delivers real-time, easy-to-view location information, bore plans and more to help increase operator productivity.
The redesigned excavator-style, climate-controlled cab allows operators better visibility, more legroom and greater comfort in unfavorable climate conditions.
An onboard self-diagnostic system empowers contractors to make machine adjustments when required and helps to maximize productivity. The InSite Fleet remote monitoring system comes standard on the D24x40 S3 and is available now. Customers also have the option of activating the InSite Fleet Edge remote monitoring system in January 2016.