HDD Advisor Eases Tooling Configurations on Jobsites

By Jaime Wines, Ditch Witch Director of Parts, Sales and Marketing

A critical element in every horizontal directional drilling installation is correctly matching drill rig, drill pipe and downhole tools to soil conditions. Failing to do so can lower productivity, causes unnecessary wear on tools and equipment, and could be the key to a success or cause of an aborted bore.

Our intuitive, web-based HDD Advisor tool helps underground construction operators simplify tooling configuration by giving them the confidence to quickly and correctly select downhole tool options to match the drill unit they’re using and soil conditions on a job. And it’s easily accessible. The free tool can be accessed by computer, tablet or smartphone from the office or a jobsite.

Though there are many websites in the industry that provide information about available drill pipe and downhole tooling, the HDD Advisor is the only tool available that fully helps operators build a drill string configuration based off thread compatibility and saves the information for future reference. 

Building The Job   

Step by step, the tool helps you assemble a drill string, starting with a saver sub or SaverLok®. As you select tool options, HDD Advisor recognizes threads for compatible parts and automatically adds other components required by the tool options chosen.

You can pull up detailed information and photos for each part to help make the right selection. When the drill string is complete, it can be saved for sharing or future reference for similar jobs.

Drilling companies are using HDD Advisor to select drill string configurations to prepare crews and drilling equipment, helping to ensure the correct tooling for the application is on site when needed. Or they use the information when a new drill unit is purchased to make tooling replacement easier in the future.

Historically, identifying the proper tooling for job sites was difficult, time consuming and cumbersome. This tool gives operators and dealers an intuitive tooling-product road map and quickly recommends configurations and solutions based on just a few questions.

Time is money. This tool helps save time on a jobsite, leading to faster project completion and adding to your bottom line.

For more information on the Ditch Witch HDD Advisor, visit www.hddadvisor.com.

HYDRAULIC BREAKER
Used for construction and demolition, our breakers can be used to break up asphalt, concrete or even clay. The hydraulic hammer is perfect for any small or medium job you might have. More up-time in the field is always the goal, and with only two moving parts and a few seals, there’s no reason for down-time.
Compatible Models

SK600, SK800, SK900, SK1050, SK1550, SK1750

ROCK SAW

Best suited for irrigation and fiber installation, the Rock Saw attachment can effortlessly cut through rock, concrete, and other tough materials with unmatched precision. 

Compatible Models

SK1050, SK1550, SK1750

BACKHOE
Easily move materials for rebuilds, new construction, footings, utility repairs and more with this compact and versatile attachment.
Compatible Models

SK800, SK900, SK1050, SK1550, SK1750

STUMP GRINDERS
Featuring a heavy-duty boom design, powerful stump grinding attachments quickly shred stumps down to nothing. Easy maneuvering from stump to stump and increased visibility turns more ground stumps into more profit.
Compatible Models

SK600, SK800, SK900, SK1050, SK1550, SK1750, SK3000

MULTITASK TOOL
Your multipurpose tool for the ultimate multi-tasker is here. Engineered to grab tight to heavy materials and move them with ease and precision, the multi-task tool is your go-to for heavy applications. Easy to operate with convenient, functional levers.
Compatible Models

SK600, SK800, SK900, SK1050, SK1550, SK1750

CORE DRILL
With the MC-450 coring attachment, utility maintenance is simple and less disruptive. Featuring intuitive controls and an integrated water tank, the MC-450 is the perfect choice for quick cuts and a more productive coring process. A fully adjustable 0 to 280 rpm speed allows for enhanced control and greater productivity.
Compatible Models

SK1050, SK1550, SK1750