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Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Features Walkaround

Stable, stout rig powers through tough sites

Drillers seeking a universal rig with power and reliability to tackle deep water well drilling, geothermal drilling, and cathodic protection drilling jobs choose the DM450 drill rig for its speed and ease combined with reduced downtime. Additional advantages include: 

  • upgraded head feed system with adjustable rollers, rotary head side shift, and increased pullback
  • enhanced ease created by durable, mechanical controls and secure routing of hydraulic hoses 
  • increased production capability for deep water well drilling provided by dual winches and rod loader with helper side controls 

Customers claim the DM450 is “quieter, faster, and easier to operate.” 


Features & Options


Video: DM450 Features

DM450 for deep water well drilling, geothermal, and cathodic protection now comes on an automatic truck chassis to further simplify mobilization.

DM450 for deep water well drilling, geothermal, and cathodic protection now comes on an automatic truck chassis to further simplify mobilization.

Mud system, top head travel speed, and rotation speed and power combine to quickly conquer clay or cobbles to increase production and profit. Engineered to handle 4-inch to 12-inch wells up to 1,000 feet, tailor the DM450 to your specific geography and drilling preferences from a wide array of drill rig options. Choosing from an assortment of standardized options minimizes maintenance and makes repairing your rig from the field possible with a phone call to our team of expert service technicians. Owners describe their DM450 as “stable” and “stout,” praising its simple operation for making it easy to train new operators. 

  • Increase production drilling larger wells with the compact machine easily maneuvering on job sites. The DM450 provides ample head feed speed - activated with a fast feed circuit - to flush the cuttings out of holes drilled in sand or clay, providing a clean hole to drop well casing or cathodic protection anodes. The rig also features the top head rotation speed needed to handle tricky formations – such as sticky clay.
  • Expand access choosing from multiple mud pump and air compressor options to configure the rig for specific geographic areas. Some options, such as sandline winch or pipe spinner systems, can be added to minimize equipment on geothermal job sites.
  • Ease operation with engineered design and modern construction, maximizing power to quickly and easily complete jobs while streamlining maintenance and troubleshooting. The control panel with its durable, mechanical controls, simplifies operation. The table assembly – with an opening to handle up to 16-inch casing – is positioned further back from the rig, making it easier to handle tooling and set casing.

Armed with the fast head feed speed, many DM450 owners successfully complete deep water water well drilling, geothermal drilling, or cathodic protection drilling with the same machine. 

With drill rig service shops in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Kansas, you’ll have service support nearby for your routine maintenance or more in-depth remounting and refurbishment work. Our service technicians are backed by our team of engineers to ensure solutions not bandaids to issues. And our production processes mean your deep water well drilling rig is constructed consistently and tested thoroughly to ensure easier service support.


Don't see a feature you're looking for on your deep water well drilling rig?  Give us a call.


Our team of engineers thrives on collaborating with drillers while they continually innovate new designs for our DRILLMAX® deep water well drilling rigs. Our goal is to make your job faster, safer, and easier. Partner with us and we'll work to decrease your water well drill downtime while increasing your family time.


Control Panel


Manual hydraulic controls on DM450 deep water well drilling rig provide power, precision, and reduced maintenance.

Manual hydraulic controls on DM450 deep water well drilling rig provide power, precision, and reduced maintenance.

The durable, mechanical controls neatly laid out on the robust, organized control panel includes engine monitoring, safety E-stop, hydraulic pressure gauges, friction control levers for mud pump and rotation circuits, and electronic throttle controls. Simple operation makes it easy to train new operators.


Top Head Carriage


Rollers on DM450 deep water well drilling rig top head carriage provide smoother transitions and easier adjustments.

Rollers on DM450 deep water well drilling rig top head carriage provide smoother transitions and easier adjustments.

The top head carriage on the DM450 drill truck uses rollers instead of slides, creating quiet, smooth head travel with simple maintenance.

  • long-lasting rollers are easily adjusted.
  • rollers permit fast and safe top head travel.
  • easy maintenance keeps rig performing like new.

Drill Mast


Sturdy drillmast on DM450 makes for straighter holes

Sturdy drillmast on DM450 makes for straighter holes

Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Jib and Winch System

Totally redesigned drillmast on the DM450 drill rig with 25,000-lbs of pullback, 15,000-lbs of crowd force along with 16-inch side shift of the 2-speed rotary drive with 4,600 ft-lb torque. The rigid drill mast design makes drilling straighter holes easier.

The 2-speed main winch motor on the DM450 provides full pull power when tripping out or with flip of a switch provides full speed, making travel time twice as fast. For job sites where support trucks won't fit on helper side, second jib swings and extends — in the other direction toward the driller's side —to pick up and place smaller objects.

  • 2-speed winch motor on main jib for full pull power or full speed with simple flip of switch.
  • main 12,000-lbf line pull jib swings and extends over helper's side. 
  • second 1,800-lbf jib swings and extends over driller's side to cut time setting casing.

Mud Pump and Development Air Options


Assorted mud pump options available on DM450 deep water well drilling rig to suit multiple applications and geographic conditions.

Assorted mud pump options available on DM450 deep water well drilling rig to suit multiple applications and geographic conditions.

Mud pump options up to 5 ½ x 8 piston and air compressor options up to 500/200 make this a strong compact unit. 


Rod Loader and Helper Side Controls


Effective rod box and single rod loader makes for fast tripping in and out of the hole with the DM450.

Effective rod box and single rod loader makes for fast tripping in and out of the hole with the DM450.

Using the helper side controls to operate the jib and winch functions controls, the helper loads the drill pipe in the single rod loader. This makes the DM450 easy to operate with a two-man crew.


Table Assembly


Wide driller's platform around DM450 table assembly increases comfort on the job.

Wide driller's platform around DM450 table assembly increases comfort on the job.

Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Table

The DM450 drill truck table assembly has clearance for 16-inch PVC casing. Easy access to table opening from control panel simplifies setting variety of casing sizes.

  • remove bushings to set up-to 10-inch casing.
  • remove center bushings and use control panel to retract table when setting 12-inch casing.
  • remove bushings and use control panel to retract table then remove pin and swing open gate to make room for 16-inch casing.
     

Breakout Wrench


Hydraulic breakout wrench makes job easier on driller.

Hydraulic breakout wrench makes job easier on driller.

Air-powered holding fork and hydraulically-operated, adjustable breakout wrench make tripping out fast and safe with the DM450 drill rig. The grease fittings on the fork help maintain mobility in freezing conditions. 


Truck Chassis


Powerful automatic truck chassis for fast and easy mobilization.

Powerful automatic truck chassis for fast and easy mobilization.

Available on an automatic truck chassis to further simplify mobilization, the lightweight, compact drill rig is suited for large residential water wells, commercial geothermal, and cathodic protection drilling. Clean layout of the deck, complete with access panels, makes for easier maintenance of securely routed hydraulic hoses from above the rig.


Rod Carousel and Rod Box


Grooves along carousel and arrow marker provide visual indicator when aligning rotary head over rods.

Grooves along carousel and arrow marker provide visual indicator when aligning rotary head over rods.

Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Rod Carousel

Create opportunity to task helper with other site chores or run a one-man job when you choose rod carousel option capable of backfeeding while running pipe. 

  • simple, durable hydraulic fork at top of carousel operated from control panel holds drill pipe in position. 
  • pod for each drill pipe contains a cushion spring prohibiting pipe from slamming into pod, protecting drill pipe and creating a quieter job site.
  • mechanical alignment of top head with rods using indicator arrow and grooves on base eliminates need for electrical sensor that could malfunction.

Rod carousel options available to accommodate preferred drill pipe size:

  • Carry 15, 3-inch pipes for a total of 300 feet with ability to backfeed carousel as running pipe.
  • Carry 12, 3.5-inch pipes for a total of 240 feet with ability to backfeed carousel as running pipe. 

On-board Mud Cleaning System


Factory-mounted Mudslayer® 250 drilling mud cleaning system

Factory-mounted Mudslayer® 250 drilling mud cleaning system

Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Mud Cleaning System

Factory-mounted Mudslayer® 250 drilling mud cleaning system uses separate hydraulic circuit eliminating competition among functions, easily connects to pump for quick set up. Addition of the deck-mounted drilling mud cleaning system allows access closer to homes without hauling a mud pan behind the rig, eliminates shoveling out mud pans making job easier on drillers, and creates simpler job site cleanup.


On-board Grout Mixer


Deck-mounted grouter mixes and pumps simultaneously.

Deck-mounted grouter mixes and pumps simultaneously.

Runs off of rig hydraulics, saving fuel compared to running an extra engine.


Pipe Spinner System


Pipe spinner system takes hands off drill pipe for faster, easier, safer field work.

Pipe spinner system takes hands off drill pipe for faster, easier, safer field work.

Bi-directional, hands-free pipe spinner system takes hands off drill pipe to quickly make and break joints with less wear on driller.

  • switch on control panel dictates which direction wheels spin.
  • single lever control engages both clamp and spinning function.
  • innovative segmented rollers made of staggered, stacked plates with teeth to grab pipe increase performance, longevity, and ease of service.
  • threaded fitting adjusts bumpers to optimize pipe spinner grip performance based on size of drill pipe used. 

Features & Options


Video: DM450 Features

Mud system, top head travel speed, and rotation speed and power combine to quickly conquer clay or cobbles to increase production and profit. Engineered to handle 4-inch to 12-inch wells up to 1,000 feet, tailor the DM450 to your specific geography and drilling preferences from a wide array of drill rig options. Choosing from an assortment of standardized options minimizes maintenance and makes repairing your rig from the field possible with a phone call to our team of expert service technicians. Owners describe their DM450 as “stable” and “stout,” praising its simple operation for making it easy to train new operators. 

  • Increase production drilling larger wells with the compact machine easily maneuvering on job sites. The DM450 provides ample head feed speed - activated with a fast feed circuit - to flush the cuttings out of holes drilled in sand or clay, providing a clean hole to drop well casing or cathodic protection anodes. The rig also features the top head rotation speed needed to handle tricky formations – such as sticky clay.
  • Expand access choosing from multiple mud pump and air compressor options to configure the rig for specific geographic areas. Some options, such as sandline winch or pipe spinner systems, can be added to minimize equipment on geothermal job sites.
  • Ease operation with engineered design and modern construction, maximizing power to quickly and easily complete jobs while streamlining maintenance and troubleshooting. The control panel with its durable, mechanical controls, simplifies operation. The table assembly – with an opening to handle up to 16-inch casing – is positioned further back from the rig, making it easier to handle tooling and set casing.

Armed with the fast head feed speed, many DM450 owners successfully complete deep water water well drilling, geothermal drilling, or cathodic protection drilling with the same machine. 

With drill rig service shops in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Kansas, you’ll have service support nearby for your routine maintenance or more in-depth remounting and refurbishment work. Our service technicians are backed by our team of engineers to ensure solutions not bandaids to issues. And our production processes mean your deep water well drilling rig is constructed consistently and tested thoroughly to ensure easier service support.


Don't see a feature you're looking for on your deep water well drilling rig?  Give us a call.


Our team of engineers thrives on collaborating with drillers while they continually innovate new designs for our DRILLMAX® deep water well drilling rigs. Our goal is to make your job faster, safer, and easier. Partner with us and we'll work to decrease your water well drill downtime while increasing your family time.

The durable, mechanical controls neatly laid out on the robust, organized control panel includes engine monitoring, safety E-stop, hydraulic pressure gauges, friction control levers for mud pump and rotation circuits, and electronic throttle controls. Simple operation makes it easy to train new operators.

The top head carriage on the DM450 drill truck uses rollers instead of slides, creating quiet, smooth head travel with simple maintenance.

  • long-lasting rollers are easily adjusted.
  • rollers permit fast and safe top head travel.
  • easy maintenance keeps rig performing like new.

Totally redesigned drillmast on the DM450 drill rig with 25,000-lbs of pullback, 15,000-lbs of crowd force along with 16-inch side shift of the 2-speed rotary drive with 4,600 ft-lb torque. The rigid drill mast design makes drilling straighter holes easier.

The 2-speed main winch motor on the DM450 provides full pull power when tripping out or with flip of a switch provides full speed, making travel time twice as fast. For job sites where support trucks won't fit on helper side, second jib swings and extends — in the other direction toward the driller's side —to pick up and place smaller objects.

  • 2-speed winch motor on main jib for full pull power or full speed with simple flip of switch.
  • main 12,000-lbf line pull jib swings and extends over helper's side. 
  • second 1,800-lbf jib swings and extends over driller's side to cut time setting casing.

Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Jib and Winch System

Mud pump options up to 5 ½ x 8 piston and air compressor options up to 500/200 make this a strong compact unit. 

Using the helper side controls to operate the jib and winch functions controls, the helper loads the drill pipe in the single rod loader. This makes the DM450 easy to operate with a two-man crew.

The DM450 drill truck table assembly has clearance for 16-inch PVC casing. Easy access to table opening from control panel simplifies setting variety of casing sizes.

  • remove bushings to set up-to 10-inch casing.
  • remove center bushings and use control panel to retract table when setting 12-inch casing.
  • remove bushings and use control panel to retract table then remove pin and swing open gate to make room for 16-inch casing.
     

Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Table

Air-powered holding fork and hydraulically-operated, adjustable breakout wrench make tripping out fast and safe with the DM450 drill rig. The grease fittings on the fork help maintain mobility in freezing conditions. 

Available on an automatic truck chassis to further simplify mobilization, the lightweight, compact drill rig is suited for large residential water wells, commercial geothermal, and cathodic protection drilling. Clean layout of the deck, complete with access panels, makes for easier maintenance of securely routed hydraulic hoses from above the rig.

Create opportunity to task helper with other site chores or run a one-man job when you choose rod carousel option capable of backfeeding while running pipe. 

  • simple, durable hydraulic fork at top of carousel operated from control panel holds drill pipe in position. 
  • pod for each drill pipe contains a cushion spring prohibiting pipe from slamming into pod, protecting drill pipe and creating a quieter job site.
  • mechanical alignment of top head with rods using indicator arrow and grooves on base eliminates need for electrical sensor that could malfunction.

Rod carousel options available to accommodate preferred drill pipe size:

  • Carry 15, 3-inch pipes for a total of 300 feet with ability to backfeed carousel as running pipe.
  • Carry 12, 3.5-inch pipes for a total of 240 feet with ability to backfeed carousel as running pipe. 

Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Rod Carousel

Factory-mounted Mudslayer® 250 drilling mud cleaning system uses separate hydraulic circuit eliminating competition among functions, easily connects to pump for quick set up. Addition of the deck-mounted drilling mud cleaning system allows access closer to homes without hauling a mud pan behind the rig, eliminates shoveling out mud pans making job easier on drillers, and creates simpler job site cleanup.

Video: DRILLMAX® DM450 - Mud Cleaning System

Runs off of rig hydraulics, saving fuel compared to running an extra engine.

Bi-directional, hands-free pipe spinner system takes hands off drill pipe to quickly make and break joints with less wear on driller.

  • switch on control panel dictates which direction wheels spin.
  • single lever control engages both clamp and spinning function.
  • innovative segmented rollers made of staggered, stacked plates with teeth to grab pipe increase performance, longevity, and ease of service.
  • threaded fitting adjusts bumpers to optimize pipe spinner grip performance based on size of drill pipe used. 

“The rigid drill mast design drills straighter holes.The redesigned rod spinner increases efficiency tripping out of the hole.”

- Skyler Wilson, Operations Manager, PanTerra Energy, Colorado

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Applications


DM450 for exploration applications

Exploration

Tackling wireline coring and dewatering wells for exploration applications is made easier by the power packed in the small footprint of the DM450.

DM450 deep water well drilling rig

Water Well

Versatile DM450 drill rig completes small wells just as easily as big wells - ranging from residential to agricultural, from 4-inch to 12-inch - with less downtime.

DM450 stands up to test of geothermal drilling in tough Colorado conditions

Geothermal

DM450 stands up up to the 'geo-pace' of multiple borings per day in the Colorado mountains installing geothermal loops, reportedly outproducing the combined footage of three other rigs on the geothermal job.

DM450 construction applications

Construction

Durable, reliable DM450 quickly handles multiple borings for installing dewatering wells on constructions sites.

Specs

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Overall Dimensions     Overall Dimensions  
Width (in) 102   Width (mm) 2,591
Length (transport) (in) 441   Length (transport) (mm) 11,208
Length (transport) (ft) 36.8   Length (transport) (m) 11.21
Length (deployed) (in) 396   Length (deployed) (mm) 10,058
Length (deployed) (ft) 33.0   Length (deployed) (m) 10.1
Height (transport) (in) 149   Height (transport) (mm) 3,793
Height (transport) (ft) 12.4   Height (transport) (m) 3.79
Height (deployed) (in) 493   Height (mm) 12510
Height (deployed) (ft) 41.0   Height (deployed) (m) 12.51
Unit Weight (As typically equipped) (lbs) 45,300   Unit Weight (As typically equipped) (kg) 20,548
Drill Mast Positioning     Drill Mast Positioning  
Front outrigger travel (in) 36   Front outrigger travel (mm) 91
Rear outrigger travel (in) 36   Rear outrigger travel (mm) 91
Drill Mast Specifications     Drill Mast Specifications  
Head Travel (in) 312   Head Travel (mm) 7,925
Head Travel (ft) 26.0   Head Travel (m) 7.92
Head Crowd Force (lbs) 15,000   Head Crowd Force (kN) 67
Head Pull Force (lbs) 25,000   Head Pull Force (kN) 111
Head Side shift (in) (w/o carousel) 16   Head Side shift (mm) 406
Head Side shift (in) (w/ carousel) 32   Head Side shift (mm) 813
Prime Mover & Hydraulic Specs     Prime Mover & Hydraulic Specs  
Truck International HV607   Truck International HV607
Engine Cummins L9   Engine Cummins L9
Engine Rated Power (hp) 350   Engine Rated Power (kW) 261
Fuel Capacity (gal) 70   Fuel Capacity (L) 265
Rotary Drive Options     Rotary Drive Options  
2-Speed Rotary Drive DMR6   2-Speed Rotary Drive DMR6
Rotation Torque (ft-lb) (LSHT) 4600   Rotation Torque (N-m) (LSHT) 6,237
Rotation Speed (rpm) (HSLT) 330   Rotation Speed (rpm) (HSLT) 330
Spindle Output API 3.5" IF   Spindle Output API 3.5" IF
Primary Winch (2-speed)     Primary Winch (2-speed)  
line pull (lbf) 12,000   line pull (kN) 53.38
line speed (fpm) (High speed) 166   line speed (m/min) 51
cable length (ft) 135   cable length (m) 41
Secondary Winch     Primary Winch  
line pull (lbf) 1800   line pull (kN) 8.01
line speed (fpm) 240   line speed (m/min) 73
cable length (ft) 750   cable length (m) 229
Breakout     Breakout  
Table Opening (in) 16   Table Opening (mm) 406
Single Clamp 6   Single Clamp  
Breakout torque (ft-lb) 6,000   Breakout torque (N-m) 8,135

Specs

Click below to view standard specifications. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

Overall Dimensions     Overall Dimensions  
Width (in) 102   Width (mm) 2,591
Length (transport) (in) 441   Length (transport) (mm) 11,208
Length (transport) (ft) 36.8   Length (transport) (m) 11.21
Length (deployed) (in) 396   Length (deployed) (mm) 10,058
Length (deployed) (ft) 33.0   Length (deployed) (m) 10.1
Height (transport) (in) 149   Height (transport) (mm) 3,793
Height (transport) (ft) 12.4   Height (transport) (m) 3.79
Height (deployed) (in) 493   Height (mm) 12510
Height (deployed) (ft) 41.0   Height (deployed) (m) 12.51
Unit Weight (As typically equipped) (lbs) 45,300   Unit Weight (As typically equipped) (kg) 20,548
Drill Mast Positioning     Drill Mast Positioning  
Front outrigger travel (in) 36   Front outrigger travel (mm) 91
Rear outrigger travel (in) 36   Rear outrigger travel (mm) 91
Drill Mast Specifications     Drill Mast Specifications  
Head Travel (in) 312   Head Travel (mm) 7,925
Head Travel (ft) 26.0   Head Travel (m) 7.92
Head Crowd Force (lbs) 15,000   Head Crowd Force (kN) 67
Head Pull Force (lbs) 25,000   Head Pull Force (kN) 111
Head Side shift (in) (w/o carousel) 16   Head Side shift (mm) 406
Head Side shift (in) (w/ carousel) 32   Head Side shift (mm) 813
Prime Mover & Hydraulic Specs     Prime Mover & Hydraulic Specs  
Truck International HV607   Truck International HV607
Engine Cummins L9   Engine Cummins L9
Engine Rated Power (hp) 350   Engine Rated Power (kW) 261
Fuel Capacity (gal) 70   Fuel Capacity (L) 265
Rotary Drive Options     Rotary Drive Options  
2-Speed Rotary Drive DMR6   2-Speed Rotary Drive DMR6
Rotation Torque (ft-lb) (LSHT) 4600   Rotation Torque (N-m) (LSHT) 6,237
Rotation Speed (rpm) (HSLT) 330   Rotation Speed (rpm) (HSLT) 330
Spindle Output API 3.5" IF   Spindle Output API 3.5" IF
Primary Winch (2-speed)     Primary Winch (2-speed)  
line pull (lbf) 12,000   line pull (kN) 53.38
line speed (fpm) (High speed) 166   line speed (m/min) 51
cable length (ft) 135   cable length (m) 41
Secondary Winch     Primary Winch  
line pull (lbf) 1800   line pull (kN) 8.01
line speed (fpm) 240   line speed (m/min) 73
cable length (ft) 750   cable length (m) 229
Breakout     Breakout  
Table Opening (in) 16   Table Opening (mm) 406
Single Clamp 6   Single Clamp  
Breakout torque (ft-lb) 6,000   Breakout torque (N-m) 8,135
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Resources

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Water well construction and pump service business feels like being on vacation when running new DM450.

ID: 12362 | Date: 2022-05-26

DRILLMAX® DM450 provides remarkable power for its compact configuration. NEW rod carousel options accommodate drill pipe preference while it permits performing one-man operation.

ID: 12361 | Date: 2022-05-26

Easily trip in and out while the helper focuses on other site tasks, ultimately increasing production rates, when you choose the NEW DM450 options.

ID: 5875 | Date: 2021-05-24

Technical support from engineers and efficiency of DM450 means more time with family versus working weekends.

ID: 5860 | Date: 2021-05-20

Factory-mounted Mudslayer 250 among new features on DM450 to make work easier.

ID: 5862 | Date: 2021-05-20

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