The Vermeer D40x55 S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) adds more punch and drilling force over its predecessor, the D36x50 Series II Navigator HDD.

“Contractors considered the D36x50 Series II as one of the most versatile drills in the industry, and the D40x55 S3 is built on this versatile platform,” says Jon Kuyers, senior global product manager, underground, for Vermeer. “This machine packs more torque and pullback force into the same footprint, offering contractors a machine that can efficiently complete a wide range of work ranging from 2 to 16 inches in diameter.”

Speed, simplicity and sound are the trademarks of the Vermeer S3 generation of directional drills, and the D40x55 S3 does not disappoint. With 40,000 pounds of thrust/pullback and 5500 foot pounds of rotational torque, the D40x55 S3 offers a more than 10 percent increase in thrust and rotation over the D36x50 Series II.

A 104 dBA guaranteed sound power level and an operator ear rating of 82.9 dBA make the drill significantly quieter, which makes for a quieter working environment with less neighborhood disturbance and easier communication among the crew. The D40x55 S3 features a carriage speed of 188 feet per minute, helping contractors install more linear feet per day.

Versatility is at the heart of the D40x55 S3, allowing contractors to select the ideal drill configuration for the specific need. They can choose from three drill rod options. A 140-horsepower, liquid-cooled, turbocharged diesel John Deere 4045 4.5L Tier 4- compliant engine delivers robust power, while a redesigned excavator-style climate-controlled cab allows operators better visibility, more legroom and greater comfort in unfavorable climate conditions.

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