Looking for a more environmentally friendly and less invasive way to drill? Technology has our backs. In this edition of the Ditch Witch West blog, let’s take a look at the benefits of horizontal directional drilling, along with tips about the type of equipment to purchase when using this construction and excavation method.
What is Horizontal Drilling
Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) is a popular construction method or technique for drilling. This method is often used for installing pipelines or irrigation systems underground. Trenchless, HDD is a great alternative for more invasive drilling methods that completely rip up the ground and surface.
Benefits of Horizontal Drilling
Horizontal directional drilling is a trenchless solution that is being used more and more to limit environmental damage. With horizontal drilling, you can keep lawns and landscaping intact. This works great for more sensitive, well-manicured spaces, such as golf courses.
Because you aren’t ripping up existing landscaping, horizontal drilling allows you to finish a job without needing to hire a costly landscaping company following excavation and underground installations.
With horizontal directional drilling, you can install irrigation without completely ripping up a yard. Horizontal drilling offers minimal invasiveness, allowing you to get the job done with minimal destruction and the need for post-job cleanups and repairs. This is ultimately better for the environment. A greener, less costly solution? Now that’s a win-win!
Works Well in Tight Spaces
Technology has made great strides, and much of the equipment is now more compact than ever. That means that you can use horizontal drilling methods in tight spaces. Take the JT5, for example. This model has a compact footprint of 35.9 inches in width and 120 inches in length, making it easy to fit through yard gates, taking up little space on job sites.
Here at Ditch Witch West, we offer a variety of directional drills, including the horizontal drill, the J5. Ask one of our experts to help pair you with the directional drill best suited for your project needs. Not sure if you’re ready to go trenchless? Learn more about the pros and cons of trenchless pipe repair, and consider horizontal drilling as a greener, less invasive method for your future projects.