Pipeline and utility contractors attending the 2017 International Utility and Construction Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, Ky., were first to see the newly released American Augers M-300D HDD fluid cleaning system. Based on American Augers’ successful, highly portable M-200 platform, the M-300 system’s small trailer size lowers registration and excise tax requirements while supporting any make of 60- to 100-ton drill unit with a true 300 gpm fluid-cleaning capability.
The small footprint and ultra-quiet operation make the M-300 fluid cleaning system ideal for use in urban and suburban locations, yet its robust design ensures long-life reliability in daily off-road use towed behind heavy equipment.
The system’s 300 gpm flow rate is achieved through “next level” cleaning system technology, said Richard Levings, American Augers Director of Product Management. “The technology other systems have utilized for years just can’t manage this rate of flow. The M-300 is based on a state-of-the-art, single-derrick shaker design and four screens using patented Pyramid technology. The result is that the M-300 not only provides a true, first-cut 300 gpm capacity but maintains one-half percent sand or less in fluid returned to the hole – that’s exceptionally clean.”
Other unique M-300 features include a tank agitation system that keeps all solids suspended in the tank and three function-dedicated pumps that ensure consistent high-level fluid-cleaning performance throughout drilling operations.