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A New Kind of Carrier

Mike Crimaldi, president of Rig Source, Inc., believes that the time has come for a new kind of rubber track carrier to serve the needs of pipeline contractors – a carrier that is truly customizable to fit individual requirements.

He developed a rubber track utility vehicle that can be customized according to the needs of the application. The traditional dumper is available, but the carrier can also serve as a mulcher, a mat-carrier, a mobile epoxy coating machine, a hydroseeder, a mobile crane, a welding unit on tracks, a personnel carrier, a water tank carrier, or an off-road service vehicle.

Terramac, Crimaldi’s new company, is currently launching a line of North American-made rubber track carriers. Pipeline contractors have been a key focus during this time due to the special conditions under which they must work.

“Contractors like the multi-terrain capabilities of rubber track carriers. They also appreciate the fact that rubber tracks don’t tear up the ground or road surface like steel track carriers, and they don’t leave ruts in delicate soil conditions like wheeled vehicles,” explained Crimaldi. “Pipeline contractors started out using them to haul mats, but now they use them for just about everything you can imagine.”

Like traditional rubber track carriers, the Terramac can still haul mats, but contractors are taking advantage of their relatively minimal impact on the right-of-way and are using them for a wide range of applications. In fact, depending on the size of the unit and its load, rubber track carriers may exert as little as 3 psi of pressure on the surface.

Changing the game

“The problem is that rubber track carriers typically ship with a dump unit mounted. If you want to put anything different on the carrier, you or your dealer has to take that dumper off and mount something else in its place. You may not want the dumper that came with it, but you paid for it. It’s yours whether you need it or not.”
They decided early on that the Terramac could ship without the standard dumper. Instead, the carrier is equipped to accept whatever type of equipment the customer requires. In fact, Terramac will work directly with the original equipment manufacturer of the unit to be mounted to ensure that the bolt pattern of the carrier’s bed will match up perfectly.

A Terramac customer can even accessorize a carrier directly from the factory.

Creating a solution

As a dealer and service provider for multiple makes and models of rubber track carriers, Rig Source had unique insight into the issues that were common among the other units they worked with.
Rig Source mechanics and technicians were noticing the same reoccurring problems. Components that required frequent maintenance were hard to access, and some components were impossible to service without literally removing them from the carrier’s frame with a cutting torch.
While designing the Terramac, a tilt-up hood was added to ease a technician’s access to main service areas. Other models have welded components, but they are bolted on in the Terramac.

“Once we’d made all those changes,” added Crimaldi, “we just decided to go ahead and design it to be best-in-class for its size – horsepower, driveline torque, carrying capacity and versatility, that kind of thing.”

Offering performance

The Terramac rubber track carriers first came off the line in May. The RT9 will be joined by at least three additional models to complete the full spectrum of popular sizes and carrying capacities.
The CE certified Terramac RT9 has an 18,000 pound (8,200 kg) carrying capacity and is equipped with a 230 hp Cummins diesel engine in both open cab and closed cab options. The unit has rollover protective structure (ROPS) as well as falling object protective structure (FOPS) components. Ground pressure when fully loaded is only 4.9 psi. The RT9’s easy front and rear bolt-on attachments accommodate a variety of needs in the pipeline, drilling and general construction industries.
The Terramac RT9 has a 17 foot 7-inch overall length and is 8 feet 5 inches wide, 9 foot 3 inches high with a 20-inch minimum ground clearance. The unit’s travel speed is 2.5 mph to 6 mph. It has a 10-foot turning radius.
Asked about his immediate plans for the Terramac RT9, Crimaldi said that Rig Source, acting as the exclusive distributor of the new carrier, has already begun to accept orders. “Customers that want a Terramac can order one now. Rentals are also available.”
Rig Source already does extensive business overseas, and Crimaldi noted that the Terramac would be available for those customers as well. “We ship drill rigs all over the world,” he noted, “and we plan to do the same with the Terramac.”

For more information, please contact:

Monica Coenen, Marketing Director
Rig Source, Inc.
Telephone: 630.365.1649
Email: monica@rigsourceinc.com

Matt Fueston, Public Relations Manager
Ellenbecker Communications, Inc.
Telephone: 507.945.0105
Email: matt@ellcom.us

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