Toro's DD4050 front view.
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With infrastructure improvements on going and with more on the horizon, Toro has taken the opportunity to unveil its successor to the previous HDD Model DD4045 line of heavy equipment. Designed for improved performance and to function as a seamless system between equipment and operator, the new DD4050 line offers a significant improvement over the DD4045. Engineered with customer feedback in mind, the DD4050 has new operating characteristics to enhance overall performance for the machine and to provide the operator with more control over both the equipment and the drilling process.

More Torque For Better Drilling

The DD4050 is the second 40,000 pound, (thrust/pullback) in its line up and as such, Toro had the opportunity to tweak and enhance the power characteristics to add a 10 percent increase in output rotational torque, resulting in a total 5,000 foot pounds. It still uses the Cummins power train but enhanced for better output. The additional torque provides for better situational adjustment to soil conditions which thereby results in better operator response and thus completion times. “The number one thing when it comes to drills is how much power and torque you’re able to fit into as small a footprint as possible,” said Toro marketing manager Josh Beddow.

Toro's new DD4050 side view.
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Improved Visibility

One of the adjustments and upgrades in the DD4050 heavy equipment is the re-guarding of the stake down area. This promotes better visibility for the operator station. By increasing the visibility of the pipe entry area and surroundings, the operator is better able to make visual adjustments and take visual cues. Thereby enhancing overall operator performance.

Better Software

Toro has taken customer feedback to heart and redesigned the software to better offer seamless operator/machine integration. Using a newly designed operating system called TDOS1, the operator now has a better interface and better display of machine performance than before. The single screen display delivers all key information. Engine RPM, tool rotation, thrust, torque, drilling pressure and fluid flow. Maintenance information can also be accessed for drill idle and hours used. Additionally, the tool can be used with single or dual joystick.

While more of an evolutionary move than a revolutionary one, the new Toro DD4050 Heavy Equipment for HDD will provide improved performance all around, including better pipe loading and cycles. Coupled with the new TDOS 1, the DD4050 looks to be an excellent tool for getting the job done.

Toro's new DD4450 showing control levers and seating.
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