Why you should consider an Atlas crane on your HDD set

Horizontal Directional Drilling

Underground pipes and tubes are constructed or repaired with the use of horizontal directional drillings. The main advantage of this drilling technique is that the road does not have to be deconstructed to realize the drilling. Furthermore, it is possible to drill underneath a river with this technique. During the execution of Horizontal Directional Drillings (HDD), you need various tools, like a drilling rig, a reamer, an HDD mix & pump unit, bentonite powder, and a drilling bit. Many of these objects are very heavy. Lifting 20 kg bentonite bags and putting the drilling bit back in the truck is not beneficial for our back. In addition, it can be very time consuming to lift heavy objects like these. Therefore, you should consider placing an Atlas crane or T crane on your HDD set;

Option 1: HDD mix and pump unit

When the crane is placed on the HDD unit, it can hold a big bag bentonite above the hopper table. This means that you do not have to lift heavy bags of bentonite, which is much better for the ergonomics. It is also time-saving, as it only concerns one large bag of bentonite instead of several small bags.

crane on horizontal drilling set

Option 2: Drilling truck

When the crane is placed in a drilling truck, it can contribute to lifting the trenchless drilling equipment back in the truck. For example, this crane can place the drilling bit in the truck so you do not have to lift it with a few men. This is better for the ergonomics and can save time when cleaning up. Especially since only one person has to operate the crane and the others can continue with other work activities.

bfm 400 d atlas crane on hdd truck horizontal drilling

Option 3: Drilling rig

When the crane is placed on a drilling rig, it can contribute to placing the drill rods in the rig. These rods are too heavy to lift, so an extra crane is needed anyway. With this innovative solution, the Atlas crane is mounted on the drilling rig and therefore no extra transport is needed to get a crane on site.

crane on drilling rig

Bofram Techniek B.V.

Bofram Techniek is dealer of Atlas cranes and a professional in engineering and constructing mix, pump, and recycle units for horizontal directional drilling activities. We can make a custom combination of a machine for trenchless drilling and an Atlas crane. It is also possible to add an Atlas crane to your existing HDD equipment. For questions or more information, please feel free to contact us!

The HDD units developed and built by Bofram are 100% remote controlled. The liters, working pressure, and engine speed can be read on the remote control. Advantages: big savings on fuel, time, and bentonite powder, and errors can be detected quickly. The optional loader crane is a nice and safe solution to make working in the trenchless drilling world less heavy.

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