The right equipment to take home the gold

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Established in 1995, ProBore offers drilling and boring services in Queensland and New South Wales, and has […]

ProBore Australia

Queensland and New South Wales

D20x22 Series II HDD

Vermeer Australia - Pro Bore Australia on the Gold Coast

Established in 1995, ProBore offers drilling and boring services in Queensland and New South Wales, and has recently been contracted to install conduit for the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. ProBore Owner and Operator, Paul Barrett, discusses how having a supportive and reliable equipment supplier has been essential in the company’s transition into the HDD industry.

Mr Barrett started off as a tree lopping contractor using a Vermeer wood chipper and grinder to carry out his contracts.

In 1995 when Foxtel established its Pay TV service, Mr Barrett saw an opportunity to capitalise on the start of the Pay TV rollout and, with the assistance and training of Vermeer’s specialists, he was able to easily transition his skills to the booming HDD industry.

Mr Barrett purchased a D6x6 Navigator from Vermeer and from there began his drilling business, ProBore.

“I originally owned a Vermeer wood chipper and grinder so I knew they supplied good quality equipment, which is why they were my first choice when I decided to move my business into HDD,” Mr Barrett said.

“After having success with Vermeer in the tree lopping business I couldn’t go past Vermeer products and if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am today – I virtually went from climbing trees one week to drilling holes the next.”


ProBore specialises in small projects, including street works and road crossings, and is currently contracted to install Optus conduit for the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Optus is a major sponsor of the games, and Pro-Bore has been installing conduit to various venues around the Gold Coast.

“We have been drilling along beach fronts and parklands from one end of the coast to the other, as well as in the games village,” Mr Barrett said.

“It is important to have a clean reliable machine to undertake these works as it is the most precious part of the Gold Coast. It is because of the efficient equipment Vermeer provide that we are confident to take on bigger jobs and expand our business.”


During its 23 years of business, Pro-Bore has purchased six new drills, a vacuum excavation unit and two mixing systems from Vermeer. The latest addition to the fleet being Vermeer’s D20x22 Series II Horizontal Directional Drill.

Click here to read the full article in the March edition of Infrastructure Magazine.