Universal HDD

Universal HDD

Today’s HDD economical environment demands that machines be of high quality, dependable and affordable. Universal HDD accomplishes these goals with the our extensive line of horizontal directional drilling machines, tooling and accessories. Our product line includes custom horizontal drilling machines, mixing systems, mud delivery systems, air rock tooling, reamers, drill head and bits, drill rods, bentonite, polymers, Digitrak locating systems and transmitters, and much more.

Company details

1221 Flex Court , Lake Zurich , 60047 Illinois USA
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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Soil and Groundwater
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

In Lake Zurich, Illinois, Universal HDD custom manufactures directional drilling machines from 10,000 to 300,000 pounds of thrust/pullback and 1,500 to 50,000 foot pounds of rotation torque. Universal machine platforms provide a design range that can be “custom built to the customers needs”.  All components used on each platform are state of the art components. Universal HDD rigs carry a one year parts and labor warranty and a five year frame warranty. Dual rack and pinion is standard on all machines and carries a “Life Time” non-destructive warranty.  All hydraulic components are “off the shelf” standard components and can be repaired by any shop. There are no proprietary design standards and, all hardware can be purchased by the customer from any hardware source.
Some of the standard features on all UNI machines include John Deere tier-III engines, dual rack and pinion, Kerr water pump, Rineer vane pump rotation motor,  (no gear box torque loss), dual rack and pinion thrust/pullback, rubberized steel tracks and pivoting stake down platform that utilizes hollow tube auger system.

Power is transferred by and through hydraulic over hydraulic control systems, no electronic harness problems or switch failures to complicate repair. All hydraulic systems can be checked from a test port panel provided on each platform and if a problem does arise, each major system may be overridden at the valve, assuring minimal downtime and getting the shot back!

From the UNI 24x40 up to the UNI 500x500 customers can order an optional cabin that comes standard with video camera with a digital screen so the operator can view thread-on and thread-off of drill stem. Additionally a built in console DCI universal remote that will work with any DCI locating system and an air-circulating fan comes standard. Air conditioning and heat may be ordered as well. The cabin package greatly reduces “operator fatigue” and helps maintain an alert productive operator. The UNI maxi rig platforms feature a standard cabin design that offers all the standard features of the mid range machines and can be ordered with heat and air conditioning.
All UNI machines are designed to achieve maximum power to weight ratio with the smallest footprint in the industry. Universal HDD has partnered with world leader in HDD industry leaders like MI Swaco, Digital Control, and InRock to provide all our customers with highest quality products and service.Combined with our extensive network of dealers, Universal HDD services clients worldwide.