The cost-efficient Silver Series drill rod continues the tradition of the Vermeer Firestick drill rod.
Dave Van Wyk, senior director of lifecycle at Vermeer, said: "There are many similarities between the Firestick drill rod and Silver Series drill rod, including the threading and column wall thickness, but there are differences that help us keep a lower price.
"Firestick drill rod is the industry gold standard, as it offers unmatched quality and steering performance meant for the biggest and toughest jobs. Silver Series drill rod is a close second in terms of performance, giving operators a solid, cost-effective option."
Like other lower-tier options on the market, the Silver Series drill rod is composed of S135 common-grade steel. It is threaded at the same facility and subject to the same quality inspection process as the Firestick rod.
Both drill rod types also have the same column wall thickness, which is thinner than some competitive drill rod options, Vermeer claimed.
Van Wyk added: "Thicker column walls, while cheaper to manufacture, require more force to steer. That can put unbalanced stress on the connections and lead to premature thread wear and even joint failure. The Silver Series drill rod has the same wall thickness-to-connection strength ratio proven on Firestick drill rod."
The Silver Series drill rod is now available in four sizes - 1.66in (4.2cm), 1.9in (4.8cm), 2.06in (5.2cm), and 2.375in (6cm) - for use on the Vermeer D7x11 and the D24x40 S3 Navigator HDD models, including all current and legacy models in between.