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D40x55DR S3 Horizontal Directional Drill

D40x55DR S3 Horizontal Directional Drill

D40x55DR S3 Horizontal Directional Drill


The Vermeer D40x55DR S3 Navigator® HDD features dual rod technology that uses an inner rod to provide torque to the drill bit, while the outer rod offers steering capability and rotational torque for reaming.

Weight14288 kg

Fuel TypeDiesel

Power140 hp (104.4 kW)

Rotational Torque5500 ft-lb

Thrust/Pullback40000 lbs

Case Study

JLM Underground Solutions

Melbourne, VIC

D40x55DR S3 HDD

A rock solid drilling solution

JLM Underground solutions in Melbourne, VIC became the owner of the very first Vermeer D40x55DR S3 drill to be sold in Australia in July 2018.

Posted Wednesday, January 9, 2019 in Case Studies:
[Construction and Civil]

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Key features

  • Incorporating dependability and performance, the D40x55DR S3 Navigator® horizontal directional drill with the latest advancements in dual rod technology creates a familiar operator experience that will outperform many other rock drilling solutions. The combination provides powerful down-hole cutting action and the flexibility to select the appropriate tooling to best match the ground conditions, which can allow the entire install to be completed with one machine.
  • The time and steps required to add or remove a rod on the D40x55DR S3 is significantly less than previous Vermeer models due to an enhanced dual drill rod design that quickly and easily makes up the inner and outer rod connections.
  • Install with added comfort of climate control, weatherproofing and reduced noise levels of 80 dBA at the operator’s ear in a standard operator’s cab.
  • Install more feet and save time with an impressive 500’ (152.4 m) of drill rod on-board.
  • A hollow inner rod design results in more air and drilling fluid flow to the drill head on pilot bores and the hole opener during pullback, providing contractors the ability to select from a more diverse range of tooling options, including air hammers and larger hole openers.


General Dimensions and Weights

Length (Minimum Transport) 256 inches 650 cm
Width (Minimum Transport) 89 inches 226 cm
Height (Minimum Transport) 110 inches 279 cm
Weight 31500 lb 14288 kg
Angle of Approach 23 deg
Angle of Departure 19 deg


Make and Model John Deere PowerTech 4045HF275
Fuel Type Diesel
Maximum Engine RPM 2400 rpm
Gross Horsepower 140 hp 104.4 kw
Aspiration Turbocharged
Max Fuel Consumption 7.56 gph 28.6 lph
Maximum Operating Angle (Fore/Aft)* 30 continuous/ 45 intermittent
Maximum Operating Angle (Left/Right)* 30 continuous/ 45 intermittent

Drill Pipe - Dual

Min bend radius 169 foot 52 m
Rod carrying capacity 500 foot 152 m
Length 10 foot 3 m
Drill rod (inner) Forged, hex connection
Drill rod (inner) joint diameter 1.88 inches 5 cm
Drill rod (inner) pipe diameter 1.66 inches 4 cm
Drill rod (inner) weight 40 lb 18.2 kg
Drill rod (inner) joint inside diameter 0.75 inches 1.9 cm
Drill rod (outer) Firestick - #750
Drill rod (outer) joint diameter 3.31 inches 8 cm
Drill rod (outer) pipe diameter 2.63 inches 7 cm
Drill rod (outer) weight 86 lb 39 kg
Drill rod (outer) joint inside diameter 2.06 inches 5 cm


Thrust 40000 lbs 177.9 kN
Pullback 40000 lbs 177.9 kN
Maximum Carriage Speed at Maximum Engine RPM 115 ft/min 35.1 m/min
Maximum Spindle Torque (at maximum engine RPM) 5500 ft-lb 7458 Nm
Maximum Spindle Speed at Max Engine RPM 199 rpm
Minimum Bore Diameter 6.25 inches 15.9 cm
Maximum Ground Drive Speed at Maximum Engine RPM 2.7 mph 4.3 km/h
Automated Rod Loader  Yes
Noise Level at Operator's Ear 80 dB(A)
Guaranteed sound power engine (CE-rating) 104 dB(A)

Fluid Capacities

Fuel Tank 45 gal 170.1 L
Hydraulic System 65 gal 245.7 L

Drilling Fluid System

Maximum Flow 70 gpm 264.6 L/min
Maximum Pressure 900 psi 60.2 bar


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

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