Daley Directional Drilling from Camden in NSW recently took delivery of their Toro® DD4045 Directional Drill. The family operated business was established in 1999 to provide a trenchless utility laying solution for the construction and civil industries in NSW.
Michael Daley, the company director, explained that they were previously using Astec Directional Drills and had always been very happy with the machine’s power and performance. When it was time to upgrade the old model they wanted to keep using the same machine.
Astec Underground, Inc., was purchased in 2012 by The Toro Company of the USA, Toro Australia’s parent company, and DD Drilling subsequently bought their new machine from Toro.
Michael said: “The DD4045 is being used for all types of directional drilling work in different applications involving water, power, gas and communication. We really like the power the DD4045 offers, especially considering its size. Having the cabin is good too, as it offers more comfort for the operator. Another good feature of the machine is the flexibility to choose either single or dual joystick operation while drilling. Overall, we are very happy with the DD4045 and the service and back up received so far from Toro.”
Another user of Toro directional drills is Integra Contracting, based in Nerang, Qld. The company was also formed in 1999 to meet the increasing demand for quality construction & maintenance resources in communications and utility distribution.
Ole Ebbesen, managing director of Integra Contracting, described how they came to use a Toro DD2024: ”We had only recently bought a second hand Astec directional drill. Greg Ivanovic from Toro came out to show us how to operate the machine and mentioned that if and when we were ready to upgrade, we could trade-in the Astec machine. When we were ready, Toro also let us trial a DD2024 for three weeks. They are the only company who will take trade-ins and they also gave us a good deal on the new machine.”
The DD2024 is currently on the job in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, laying fibre optic cable and electrical conduit. Ole finds the machine very powerful for its size and considers the narrow footprint of the DD2024 one of its major advantages (this machine is only 132 cm wide, 526 cm long and 188 cm high and is therefore easy to transport and capable of drilling in tight spaces).
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