RockEye Air Hammer Prevails in Maui, Hawaii

Location: Island of Maui, Hawaii Equipment: StraightLine HDD® RockEye 5.0 Hammer System on Vermeer® 100×140, coupled with 1100×350  compressor.   The Challenge: Hawaii Pacific Trenchless, LLC received a contract to install a pressurized sewer system on the island of Maui. As with any HDD bore on the islands, drilling the six-inch fused pipe presented a … Continued

Full Line of Powerful and Affordable Underground Magnetics Locating Systems Now Available

Underground Magnetics is a start-up company aiming to bring disruptive locating technologies to the trenchless industry. The company’s locators offer users extended range, improved accuracy and a simple user interface that is easy to learn and use – at a budget-friendly price point. Source: HDD and StraightLine HDD now offer the complete line of advanced locating systems from … Continued

Advantage Performix: Part III – The Mixing Tank

In the previous two installments of the Advantage Performix Series, we explored the science driving the world’s best mud mixing platform (read Part I here, Part II here). In our third and final installment, we cover the last step in the journey from raw materials to fully sheared fluids: the mixing tank. A critical part of the overall … Continued

Twenty-Seven Year History of Building HDD Reamers

As the decade of the 1990’s began, a handful of companies led the advancement of a new trenchless construction method known as horizontal directional drilling. One of the early pioneers, StraightLine Manufacturing (later to become StraightLine HDD), launched the first of a series of innovative steerable boring machines in 1989. The market was quick to recognize … Continued

BREAKING NEWS: StraightLine Bolsters Pipe Offering

Additional Forged, One-Piece Pipe for Ditch Witch and Vermeer Now Available (Hutchinson, Kansas) – StraightLine HDD today announced the addition of multiple pipe sizes to its growing offering of in-stock drill pipe. The product expansion more than doubles the number of available Vermeer-compatible pipe and adds three common Ditch Witch-compatible pipe sizes. Strengthening its in-stock … Continued

IRS Website Provides Contractors Guidance on Section 179 Tax Reduction Strategies

Let’s be honest: more often than not, the Federal government falls short when it comes to passing anything that does what’s it is intended to do. There are a lot of reasons why, from bureaucratic inefficiencies, partisan compromise to plain-old bad execution and/or administration. Section 179 is a Rare Success  Targeting small- and mid-sized businesses, Section 179 is … Continued

Mag 3 Locator Unfazed By Interference

As underground utility installations grow in popularity, an old nemesis, interference—both passive and active forms—is stretching the limits of both locator operators and locating technology. A recent bore in Houston, Texas illustrates the growing locating challenge. Contracted to install three 1-1/4-inch conduits for telecom provider Fibernet Direct, MP Nexlevel struggled to accurately locate a complex … Continued

Advantage Performix: Part II

Editor’s Note: In Part I of this series (read it here), we learned the Performix Mixer’s centrifugal pump produces a highly streamlined water flow (i.e. high laminar flow). We also learned streamlined water flow is only a part (albeit an important part) of a process that ends with fully sheared drilling fluids. In Part II, we cover what … Continued

The Time To Act Is Now!

Most HDD market observers agree: 2017 saw an HDD market stabilizing from a turbulent 2016. Some niche segments—notably, telecom and fiber-optic market segments—recorded strong work backlogs, with gas/oil markets returning—albeit slowly. To read about how some observers viewed the HDD market, click here. An improving HDD market produced two notable trends: Stronger cash flows, with … Continued