When it comes to installing pipelines, contractors that are able to deliver a complete project – from right-of-way clearing through to pipeline installation – in the most productive, cost-effective and sustainable way will have a higher chance of securing work. Key to being able to do this is having an equipment partner like Vermeer that can supply a complete equipment package, and provide all the expertise and support needed to keep projects running, no matter the location.

Clearing the way

Depending on the area where a pipeline is being installed, land clearing may need to occur – including the removal of bushes, stumps and trees – along the route. Mechanical clearing methods such as horizontal grinders have a number of advantages that reduce manual labour, and improve efficiency and productivity.

As horizontal grinders have a long feed table and conveyor that guide material into the grinder, workers don’t waste time ensuring the correct placement of material.

Having a horizontal grinder further reduces costs and increases productivity as there is no need to bring in an external team or equipment to complete clearing works. This will also ensure the project remains on schedule and there is minimal disruption to the natural environment.

Vermeer’s range of horizontal grinders are available in multiple configurations, allowing contractors to choose the best model to suit their needs.

Vermeer has designed its horizontal grinders with a variety of practical features to meet customers’ product requirements, including a patented duplex drum design with reversible hammers and cutter blocks to simplify maintenance and increase wear life, and a closed chain to reduce the chance of material catching or dragging.

There are also options for both remote-controlled track-driven grinders, as well as stationary models.

Making trenches

For open cut pipeline installations, track trenchers are a great addition to a company’s fleet, and are a more efficient and cost-effective solution for trenching than the more traditionally-used excavators.

Compared to excavators, track trenchers are able to handle different types of terrain and materials – including rock or tightly cemented soils – creating a long, extended run of shallow to deep trench at a consistent and accurate depth, with smooth and stable walls. As they also move less material, it takes less time to backfill the trenches once the pipe is installed, and creates a safer worksite.

Vermeer’s family of track trenchers come in a range of sizes to suit customers’ requirements. They come with an elevated cab to provide virtually unrestricted view of the boom, trench and conveyor, and the boom length can be adjusted to match jobsite requirements. They also have a hydrostatic transmission for maximum power and high torque.

Taking it underground

In congested urban areas or along routes that travel under rivers and infrastructure where trenches cannot be dug, having a horizontal directional drill (HDD) and reclaimer in your fleet will ensure pipelines can be installed quickly and efficiently, and drilling fluid is managed in a cost-effective manner.

Vermeer’s HDD lineup has continued to evolve over the past two decades to keep up with new and improved technologies. The extensive range offered from Vermeer has been designed for increased horsepower efficiency, and maximises carriage, rotation, rod loading and tracking speeds of the drills to help crew get the job done faster.

An equipment partner you can trust

With over 50 years’ experience in the pipeline business, Vermeer understands the stresses and risks inherent in pipeline installations and has designed an extensive range of equipment to meet the various needs of contractors.

As an equipment partner, Vermeer is committed to offering the solutions needed to keep businesses moving forward. As a partner, Vermeer can supply equipment that helps businesses build a fleet that meets their needs, as well as providing the necessary expertise and support throughout the life of the equipment to keep it running.

With an Australia-wide regional and local dealer support network, partners can rest assured that there will always be a Vermeer expert nearby, no matter where in the country they are, to provide sales and technical support before, during and after their project.

This partner content is brought to you by Vermeer. For more information on Vermeer’s range of pipeline installation equipment and how they can help you, visit vermeer.com.au.

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