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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.

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)
121.9 cm
Height (Minimum Transport)
188 cm
10850 lbs
4921.5 kg
Angle of Approach
18 deg
Angle of Departure
18 deg
Make and Model
Deutz TD2.9
Fuel Type
Ultra low sulfur diesel
Maximum Engine RPM
2600 rpm
Idle Speed
1000 rpm
Gross Horsepower
74 hp
55.2 kw
Net Horsepower
67 hp
50 kw
Torque (Maximum)
192 ft-lb
260.3 Nm
177 cu-in
2.9 L
Number of Cylinders
Cooling Method
Turbo Charged
Max Fuel Consumption
4.5 gph
17 lph
Air Cleaner
EPA Certification Family
Tier 4 Final (Stage IIIB)
Maximum Operating Angle (Fore/Aft)*
Maximum Operating Angle (Left/Right)*
Engine Option Two
EPA Certification Family
Tier 4i (EU Stage IIIA)
19550 lbs
8867.7 kg
19550 lbs
8867.7 kg
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
Drill Rack Angle
17 deg
Electrical System
Battery Group Class
Fluid Capacities
Fuel Tank
25 gal
94.6 L
Engine Crankcase with Filter
8 qt
7.6 L
Hydraulic Tank
30 gal
113.6 L
Hydraulic System
40 gal
151.4 L
Engine Cooling System
20 qt
18.9 L
Antifreeze Tank Capacity
2.5 gal
9.5 L
Drilling Fluid System Option One
Maximum Flow
25 gpm
94.6 L/min
Maximum Pressure
1000 psi
68.9 bar
Breakout System
Standard hydraulic vise
Drilling Lights
Flow Indicator
Stakedown System
Strike Alert
Remote Lockout
Operator Presence