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New Vermeer drill offers impressive power in modest footprint

Offers power for large diameter installation in urban environments

Vermeer Corporation has introduced the D60x90 Navigator® horizontal directional drill (HDD), providing impressive power in a small footprint; it’s the cost-effective choice for tackling difficult trenchless installations in challenging ground conditions.

The D60x90 is powered by a 185 hp (138 kW) John Deere Tier 4i (Stage IIIB) diesel engine, which delivers 9000 ft-lb (12,202 Nm) of rotational torque and 60,000 lb (267 kN) of thrust/pullback. Combined with a compact design and modest footprint, the power of the D60x90 rivals some physically larger drills.

Contractors can customize the D60x90 with features to fit their specific needs. A climate-controlled cab enhances operator comfort and offers protection from the weather. The optional front-mounted stakedown system can reduce the amount of time and materials needed to set up the drill, enhancing jobsite efficiency. In addition, customers can choose from two diameters of 15-foot (4.6 m) Firestick® drill rod: 2.875-inch (73 mm) or 3.5-inch (90 mm) diameter.

The D60x90 is available with additional, quick-change rod boxes containing up to 300 feet (91.4 m) of drill rod each. The new rod box design is removable by releasing two pins and a single latch, the quick-change rod box reduces the need to manually load drill rod.

The D60x90 is equipped with a 7-inch (17.8 cm) TFT-LCD color monitor that offers visibility to key drilling function parameters, as well as DCI locator information. Secondary screens provide visibility to engine information and self diagnostics, such as fault and advisory codes at the touch of a button. A multifunction steering system, designed for use in hard ground conditions, helps improve drilling accuracy by reducing manual operator input.

For more information on Vermeer products and services, visit the company’s website at or e-mail Vermeer at

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