Two of the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) industry's equipment and tooling manufacturers, Vermeer Corporation and Mincon Group, have formed a distribution alliance to expand contractors’ access to rock tooling worldwide. As part of the agreement, Vermeer dealers are now the exclusive channel for Mincon HDD air hammer systems, HDD pull reaming hammers and HDD support equipment, including HDD support stations and oilers.

“Mincon has pioneered HDD rock drilling solutions and, when paired with Vermeer drills, are productive in hard rock environments," said Jason Zylstra, product manager, Lifecycle at Vermeer. “With the responsive support provided by Vermeer dealers and quality Mincon tooling, contractors have everything they need to take on challenging rock bores."

Mincon hard rock hammer systems utilize high-frequency cycle technology that aids in the faster removal of drill cuttings from the bit face while providing the smallest possible chips. This design also improves steering capabilities and causes less vibration in the drill string.

For more information about Vermeer HDD equipment and Mincon HDD tooling, please consult your local Vermeer dealer.

Vermeer Corporation, based in Pella, Iowa, serves utility drilling, surface mining and pipeline drilling markets. The company also works in agriculture, biomass and other equipment areas. For more information, visit

Mincon Group was founded in 1977 in Shannon, Ireland. Mincon manufactures and distributes a range of precision engineered hard rock drilling tools for a variety of industries including mining, exploration, water well, geothermal, construction, horizontal directional drilling, oil-gas and energy. For more information about Mincon Group, visit