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D20x22 S3 Horizontal Directional Drill

D20x22 S3
The next entrant in the S3 generation of drills – the D20x22 S3 – features more power, increased speed, versatility and precise control. The right-powered and right-priced D20x22 S3 makes significant gains in power and speed compared to both competitors and its predecessor – the D16x20 Series II.
By listening closely to the needs of contractors working in congested urban areas, our goal was to make the next S3 drill a perfect fit for your operation —  whether you’re installing cable, fiber or product pipe.
With nearly 20,000 lb (89 kN) of thrust and pullback, and a Tier 4 Deutz engine that delivers a 12% increase in horsepower over its predecessor (D16x20 Series II), the D20x22 S3 is the next key addition to your fleet of drills.
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Features and Benefits

  • The class-leading 167 feet-per-minute (50.9 m/min) carriage speed and rotational speeds of 257 rpm help you install more linear feet per day.
  • A newly designed hydraulic circuit offers additional power for drilling and maneuvering around the jobsite, helping operators power up curbs and slopes to work more efficiently.
  • The 3.3 mph (5.3 km/h) per hour tracking speed gets you from one setup to the next sooner.
  • Simplify machine monitoring with on-board diagnostics.
  • Common dual joysticks on current Vermeer drill lineup assist in operator efficiency and training.

Download Specs

D20x22 S3 Horizontal Directional Drill

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General Dimensions and Weights
Length (Minimum Transport)
518.2 cm
Width (Minimum Transport)
120.7 cm
Height (Minimum Transport)
188 cm
10850 lbs
4921.5 kg
Angle of Approach
18 deg
Make and Model
Deutz TD2.9
Fuel Type
Low sulfur diesel
Maximum Engine RPM
2600 rpm
Gross Horsepower
74 hp
55.2 kw
Turbo charged
Max Fuel Consumption
4.5 gph
17 lph
Maximum Operating Angle (Fore/Aft)*
Maximum Operating Angle (Left/Right)*
19500 lbs
86.7 kN
19500 lbs
86.7 kN
Maximum Carriage Speed at Maximum Engine RPM
167 ft/min
50.9 m/min
Maximum Carriage Speed in Low at Maximum Engine RPM
114 ft/min
34.7 m/min
Maximum Spindle Torque (Low at Maximum Engine RPM)
2250 ft-lb
3050.6 Nm
Maximum Spindle Speed at Max Engine RPM
257 rpm
Minimum Bore Diameter
7.6 cm
Maximum Ground Drive Speed at Maximum Engine RPM
3.3 mph
5.3 km/h
Automated Rod Loader
Noise Level at Operator's Ear
85.9 dB(A)
Guaranteed sound power (CE-rating)
106 dB(A)
Drill Rack Angle
17 deg
Drilling Fluid System Option One
Maximum Flow
25 gpm
94.6 L/min
Maximum Pressure
1000 psi
68.9 bar
Breakout System
Standard hydraulic vice
Drilling Lights
Flow Indicator
Stakedown System
Strike Alert
Remote Lockout
Operator Presence