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Vermeer D23x30DR S3 Dual Rod Horizontal Directional Drill

D23x30DR S3 Horizontal Directional Drill

D23x30DR S3 Horizontal Directional Drill


For drilling in rock, you need a machine that can take on the tough jobs in tough ground conditions. The new D23x30DR S3 Navigator® horizontal directional drill helps lead the way in rock drilling and continues the legacy of the S3 badge – speed, simplicity and sound.

Weight7484.3 kg

Fuel TypeDiesel

Power100 hp (74.6 kW)

Rotational Torque3000 ft-lb

Thrust/Pullback24000 lb

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D23x30DR S3 and the D40x55DR S3 HDD

Speed, power and silence: directional drills with a difference

Aaron Finch, Director at DirectBor, said the company is always looking for the latest technology to help them succeed, and recently decided to purchase a new Vermeer HDD rig.

Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2020 in Case Studies:
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Key features

  • A small footprint allows for efficient maneuvering of the drill into compact urban areas or busy neighborhoods and can help with more convenient transportation of the machine on a trailer with other equipment.
  • The 100 hp (75 kW) Deutz TCD3.6L4 engine provides power to help drive the D23x30DR S3 to its peak performance.
  • This dual rod drill offers impressive power and performance in a compact design, enabling operators to confidently bore through hard rock and other challenging ground conditions.
  • Convenient access to the rear hood allows for service of the mud pump, and the open top vise helps with changing out the die and couplers.
  • Common controls can offer a more familiar operator experience to help crews transition to rock drilling from a single rod machine and get in and out of tough ground with precision and power.
  • A strong hex coupler design helps maximize wear life and time in operation between changeouts. This system also offers class-leading steerability at 7% per rod.
  • This rock drill follows the S3 sound badge, offering a noise level that can help with operator comfort and crew communication, as well as help create a quiet working environment to reduce disturbance in neighborhoods and other populated urban areas.
  • The carriage and rotational speed can help with quick rod exchange and can enable crews to stay efficient and install more linear feet per day. Match your rotation speed to tooling for optimal performance and life.


General Dimensions and Weights

Length (Minimum Transport) 247 inches 627.4 cm
Width (Minimum Transport) 55.5 inches 141 cm
Height (Minimum Transport) 87.5 inches 222.3 cm
Weight 16500 lbs 7484.3 kg


Make & Model Duetz TCD3.6L4
Fuel Type Diesel
Maximum Engine RPM 2000 rpm
HP Gross 100 hp 74.6 kW


Thrust 24000 lbs 106.8 kN
Pullback 24000 lbs 106.8 kN
Maximum Spindle Speed at max engine RPM 200 rpm
Minimum Bore Diameter 5 inches 12.7 cm
Maximum Ground Drive Speed at Max engine RPM 3.3 mph 5.3 km/h
Maximum Carriage Speed (Max engine RPM) 175 ft/min 53.3 m/min
Maximum Spindle Torque 3000 ft-lb 4067.5 Nm
Noise Level at Operator's Ear 83 dB(A)
Fuel Tank 35 gal 132.5 L


Breakout System Sliding open-top vise
Drilling Lights Standard
Flow Indicator Mud flow indicator
Stakedown System Standard
Strike Alert Standard
Remote Lockout Standard

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