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On the Hunt for a New Drill Rig? Read the 2021 HDD Rig Spec Guide

Horizontal directional drilling — better known as HDD — is now 50 years old. Hard to believe there was a time that such an integral component of the arsenal of trenchless tools was unheard of or not commonly used.

Martin Cherrington — commonly referenced as the Father of HDD — crossed the Pajaro River in northern California in 1971 using HDD without much fanfare. In fact, he didn’t think much of his accomplishment at the time. Looking back on this milestone anniversary, he simply says, “Time flies when you’re having fun!”

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Looking back on this innovative and game-changing construction application, it has been a fun and wild ride. The ride has had starts and stops and we are on a steady and strong path in 2021, with HDD widely accepted as a first option for infrastructure installation.

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The most important part of an HDD operation is the drill rig. So, you’re ready for a new drill rig. But where do you start? Whether you’re looking for a compact, midsize or maxi rig, there are plenty of options and we even rounded them up for you. Each year, we invite the industry’s drill rig manufacturers to give our readers a basic look at their lineups.

Take a look at these product lines with information presented directly from the manufacturers. For more specific details, you’ll need to reach out to the manufacturer — they are ready, willing and able to discuss your needs and technology features you are after.

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Participating in the 2021 HDD Spec Guide are: American Augers, Barbco, Ditch Witch, Herrenknecht, McLaughlin, Prime Direct/AT Bortec, Prime Direct/Prime Drilling, TT Technologies, Universal HDD and Vermeer Corp.

As always, all the information in this section comes directly from the rig manufacturers. No direct comparisons between equipment and manufacturers are made or implied.

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To read the horizontal directional drilling rig specs, follow this link to download a copy of the 2021 HDD Guide.