Construction equipment: Michels Corporation recently took possession of a new Prime Drilling HDD rig at a key ceremony held in Brownsville, Wisc. The new Prime Drill 80/45 was acquired through trenchless equipment manufacturer TT Technologies, Aurora, Ill. Manufactured by Prime Drilling GmbH, Wenden, Germany, the drills have been available in Europe for over 15 years. However, the availability of Prime Drilling HDD rigs in the US market is something that has just occurred over the last few years, facilitated by TT Technologies.
The Prime Drill 80/45 provides 180,000 lbs. of pull force and lightweight profile, weighing only 44,000 lbs. The unit is capable of drilling lengths up to 3,200 feet with diameters up to 40 inches. The Prime Drill 80/45 joins Michel’s impressive fleet of over 84 drilling rigs of all sizes, including the largest fleet of 1.2 million pound thrust/pull force capacity rigs in the world.
Pictured in the key ceremony are Benjamin Ploederl, Michels Corporation; Ralf Kiesow, Prime Drilling; and Scott Kneip and Bill Brennan TT Technologies.