1. Rig Source, Inc. Welcomes Tom LeDonne to Team

    October 20, 2020 by Savannah Adkins

    Tom LeDonne

    Company: Rig Source, Inc.

    Contact: Monica Coenen

    Phone: 630-365-1649

    E-mail: monica@rigsourceinc.com

     

    For Immediate Release

    Rig Source, Inc. Welcomes Tom LeDonne to Team

    Elburn, IL Rig Source, Inc., a leading drill rig supplier, adds Tom LeDonne, an industry veteran, to their team of experts. Tom will be focused on supporting the geotechnical drilling market in the Midwest. 

    Having earned his degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in Geotechnical, LeDonne began an exciting career in the fields of and related to Subsurface exploration, design, and Equipment sales. He’s since acquired over five decades of experience in the industry; earning outstanding accolades for his work in the field as well as his mentorship in leadership positions such as President at Diedrich Drill. His longevity in the industry attests to the fact that he is a wealth of knowledge.

    LeDonne is passionate about the geotechnical field and enjoys the challenges associated with each individual task. “Every boring is unique making this line of work unpredictable. To succeed, it involves sound judgement and the right equipment,” explains LeDonne. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with Rig Source where I can support drillers by sharing my knowledge and use my drilling expertise to fit them with the proper equipment to get the job done.”

    Based in LaPorte, Indiana, LeDonne will focus on new and used drill rig and tooling sales, primarily visiting customers in the Midwest. LeDonne will remain available to assist all Rig Source clients, at any time, when his expertise is needed, and is eager to stay connected and continue serving his longtime customers. “We are proud to welcome Tom to our team as one of the most respected Geotech sales support people in the country” states Mike Crimaldi, President at Rig Source, Inc. “I’ve been working with Tom in the drilling industry for over 30 years and his professionalism and character can’t be beat.”

    Rig Source, Inc., based in Elburn, IL, is a drill rig supplier providing new and used drill rig sales, rentals, service and support to the Geotechnical and Environmental drilling industries. We stock and maintain an assortment of drills from top manufacturers to meet a variety of needs and budgets while delivering an unprecedented degree of customer service. To learn more, please visit www.rigsourceinc.com or call 630-365-1649.

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  2. Custom Drill Rig Solutions Key to Expanding Fleets

    August 31, 2020 by Savannah Adkins

    Rig Source doesn’t just specialize in selling drilling equipment; we specialize in supporting our customers with all their drilling endeavors. We’re frequently contacted by engineering companies ready to expand their businesses by taking drilling operations into their own hands. The ideology behind this allows firms to control projects from start to finish, without having to rely on consulting services, in order to better serve customers. Taking those first steps towards accomplishing this transition, however, can be intimidating and requires experienced drilling professionals and a reliable fleet of drilling equipment.

    Beyond Engineering and Testing, LLC based out of Round Rock, Texas is a prime example of a company that recently opened a new drilling division which is proving to be an extremely successful expansion of their services.

    “We knew that taking on drilling operations would be a challenge so we started by recruiting a leader in the industry, Eddie Duran, to serve as our Drilling Operations Manager,” explains Bruce Spracklen, VP Business Development at Beyond. “From there we put our trust in Duran’s expertise and followed his guidance for acquiring drilling equipment.”

    Under Duran’s guidance, Beyond turned to Rig Source for drilling equipment.

    “I’ve used secondhand rigs purchased from Rig Source in the past and found their quality and support to be exceptional so there was no doubt in my mind that was the business I would turn to, to build our fleet at Beyond,” says Duran.

     

    Beginning in April of 2020, Beyond began purchasing rigs from Rig Source. The first unit purchased was a truck mounted CME 55 while the second was a remote CME 55 track rig. Both units had already undergone refurbishment through Rig Source’s shop so they were in pristine condition and outfitted with everything needed to begin drilling immediately. The third rig to join Beyond’s growing drilling fleet was a CME 75. Unlike the others acquired from Rig Source, this rig had not been serviced or mounted at the time of purchase.

    “The benefit to purchasing used rigs that we haven’t started working on yet, is that you’re able to take part in the refurbishment process. This includes choosing the features that are important for your specific drilling application, selecting paint colors and managing overall cost so you end up with a completely customized rig fit for your allotted budget,” explains Mike Crimaldi, President at Rig Source.

    Beyond determined that the unfinished CME 75 drill would need to be truck mounted so Rig Source began the refurbishment process by procuring a used Freightliner 7600. From there, Rig Source’s shop fabricated decking to accommodate the rig which included tool boxes specifically requested by Beyond. Routine maintenance was performed on both the rig and truck which included all new fluids, filters and hoses, repairs were made using genuine manufacturer replacement parts, and enhanced features such as a wireline, rod clamp, breakout wrench, and extruder were added to satisfy Beyond’s needs. To complete the rig, it was painted to match Beyond’s fleet colors.

    “Rig Source did an outstanding job refurbishing and mounting our CME 75 truck rig. Their ability to provide custom decking solutions allowed us to locate a truck quickly in order to get moving on the project, and their use of genuine manufacturer replacement parts assured us that we were receiving a quality used rig we can trust for years to come,” exclaimed Duran.

    Custom decking and re-mounts are niche services for the drilling industry that Rig Source not only provides but has spent over a decade perfecting. These services offer customers more flexibility when choosing truck and track drilling platforms and have proven to save time and money during rig refurbishments. Using any truck or tracked carrier brand, Rig Source will fabricate the decking to accommodate the drill of choice and will even customize to include items such as tool boxes, hydraulic auger racks, and custom sized rod racks, as it did for Beyond.

    Beyond has come a long way since first deciding to expand their services with a new drilling division. In less than six months, they have acquired three drills which are actively working in the field, and they’re in the process of procuring another to further expand and diversify their new drilling fleet.

    “We’re working through some unusual times right now due to a worldwide pandemic, and we couldn’t be any prouder of where we’re at with our new drilling division,” asserts Duran. “We are forever grateful for Rig Source and their diligence to keep producing refurbished rigs, despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19.”

    For more information on buying a refurbished drill rig from Rig Source, contact us at 630.365.1649 or visit our equipment showroom.



  3. Understanding the Benefits of the Geoprobe 7822DT with 4-Speed Head

    November 11, 2019 by Savannah Adkins

    Every drill rig offers a unique set of features that makes it possible for drillers to provide a variety of quality and affordable drilling services. However, choosing the right rig for your equipment fleet can be challenging when the services you offer require different rig styles. Rig Source is actively working towards alleviating that challenge by offering more rig rentals capable of performing multiple tasks. One such rig that is gaining rapid popularity is the Geoprobe 7822DT with 4-speed head. The benefits of this multi-purpose Geoprobe have been found to be extremely appealing from both a time and cost perspective.

    Top 3 Benefits
    1. Versatility – The Geoprobe 7822DT with 4-speed head is a single unit capable of performing direct push, core and auger drilling methods, eliminating the need for multiple drills.
    2. Size – This multi-purpose Geoprobe model is small and compact and can safely be hauled by a regular pick-up truck and trailer, reducing transportation costs.
    3. Dependability – The 7822DT with 4-speed head offers enhanced maneuverability on jobsites with limited access, ensuring projects stay on schedule.

    Geoprobe 7822DT with 4-Speed Head

    Rental Opportunities

    As more and more customers are learning the benefits of the Geoprobe 7822DT with 4-speed head, Rig Source continues to add more of them to their rental fleet. Currently Rig Source has three units and each is available with flexible daily, weekly or monthly terms and competitive rates. As you head into the planning phase for 2020, you’ll want to remember the benefits of utilizing this multi-purpose Geoprobe model for both time and cost savings. And for additional information on availability or to reserve a Geoprobe 7822DT with 4-speed head rental, contact Rig Source at 630.365.1649.



  4. Returning Customer Requests New Technology

    September 24, 2019 by Savannah Adkins

    Here at Rig Source we take pride in the relationships we build while providing drill rig sales and rentals. It’s through our customer service that we’re able to establish a rapport with our customers that keeps them coming back time after time for their drill rig needs. These connections work both ways because our customers educate our team on industry developments and trends which ensures we’re continuing to offer state-of-the-art drill rigs. We’ve been working closely with Anderson Environmental Contracting, LLC (AEC Drilling) to help them with their mission to improve project efficiency. By adding a Geoprobe 3230 to our rental fleet, AEC Drilling was provided an affordable option for attaining the highly versatile rig, and we were fortunate enough to expand our rental fleet offerings after seeing the instant success the unit provided them.

    AEC Drilling

    Longtime Rig Source customers and experienced leaders in the drilling industry, Brian and David Gose joined Anderson Environmental Company in 2018 to start AEC Drilling, a new drilling division to serve the Geotechnical, Environmental and Coring industries in the Pacific Northwest. After purchasing their initial equipment fleet, the Gose’s soon found their fleet at 100% utilization which required them to seek out alternative equipment solutions in order to keep growing the business.

    “We went right to Rig Source for drill rig rentals because we knew from previous experience they were easy to work with and always provided quality rigs,” expresses Brian Gose, Director at AEC Drilling.

    AEC Drilling first leased a Geoprobe 7822DT direct push rig followed by a track mounted Diedrich D-50. The capabilities and small footprint of the Geoprobe 7822DT served the needs of AEC Drilling, but the Diedrich D-50 proved to be more robust than required for the services they routinely offered. What AEC Drilling really wanted and needed to maximize their efficiency was Geoprobe’s latest 3230 model. At the time, Rig Source didn’t carry the Geoprobe 3230 in their rental fleet.

    AEC Drilling Geoprobe 3230

    Expanding the Rental Fleet

    The Geoprobe 3230 is a combination rig released by Geoprobe Systems early in 2015. Rig Source was familiar with the new unit and had seen the demo during a Geoprobe Days event. However, they hadn’t received any customer inquiries about one and therefore hadn’t considered adding one to their rental fleet. That all changed when AEC Drilling approached Rig Source with their equipment request.

    “Once I knew the customer interest was there, I was all about expanding our fleet offerings to include the new 3230 Geoprobe model. Fitting customers with rigs that align with their needs is our top priority at Rig Source because it leads to the highest level of customer satisfaction,” explains Mike Crimaldi, President at Rig Source.

    As result of AEC Drilling’s eagerness to have affordable access to a Geoprobe 3230 model for their drilling endeavors, Rig Source added one to its rental fleet.

    Sold Geoprobe 3230

    Geoprobe 3230

    The Geoprobe 3230 model is a versatile rig offering direct push, auger and high-speed rotary drilling capabilities. As a multi-functioning rig, operators are able to easily move between tasks without having to change out machines.

    “The Geoprobe 3230 gives us the same power as a larger auger rig but provides us with more capabilities and the flexibility to jump between tasks with a single piece of equipment,” states Gose. “Direct push is less expensive so we like to offer that option to clients first, which we can with the Geoprobe 3230, but we also know that if we get into difficult formation and are unsuccessful with direct push we can simply switch to using hollow stem auger without having to re-mobilize an auger rig.”

    The versatility is significant for AEC Drilling as they’re frequently performing services for soil and ground water sampling, soil remediation, monitoring wells, remediation wells, geotechnical sampling, and injections. Since taking Rig Source’s only Geoprobe 3230 out on a long term rental and finding instant success with it, AEC Drilling has decided to purchase the unit from Rig Source upon termination of the lease.

    Geoprobe 3230 In Operation

    “We’re always happy to see our customers succeed with the drill rigs we provide and are honored that so many customers like AEC Drilling feel comfortable coming to us and requesting new rig technology that match their unique needs,” expressed Crimaldi.

    Knowing how much success AEC Drilling has seen with the Geoprobe 3230 rig, Rig Source procured a second unit to replace the one being sold from their rental fleet. The new model will be available in October and it is their hope that other drillers will take full advantage of the rental opportunity.

    “We’re truly thankful to have such a dependable rig provider like Rig Source that was able to accommodate our specific requests,” admits Gose. “Even since adding the Geoprobe 3230 to our fleet, we’ve been back to Rig Source to purchase a Chemgrout unit and our experience was again, nothing short of amazing.”



  5. Vacuum Excavation Rental Options

    July 1, 2019 by Savannah Adkins

    Rig Source provides drilling customers with an assortment of vacuum excavation rentals for safely locating underground utilities and performing various clean-up tasks on drill sites. We offer both trailer and track mounted options and update our fleet often to ensure we’re providing the safest and most reliable equipment. Most recently Rig Source added a new trailer mounted VACMASTERS System 1000 to our rental offerings. This new trailer mounted unit affords contractors the ability to easily transport equipment from jobsite to jobsite while our existing track mounted units will continue to provide access to remote and limited access jobsites.

    Top Picks

     

    Vacuum excavator rental options are ideal for customers looking for safe and efficient potholing equipment that produces minimal waste. Each one of our rental vacuum excavators is available for daily, weekly or monthly rentals making them attainable and affordable for every size business. Contact us today at 630.365.1649 to reserve your rental or visit our online vacuum excavation rental fleet to learn more.



  6. CME 550X Purchased For Off-Shore Subsurface Investigations

    January 30, 2019 by Savannah Adkins

    Thompson Engineering is a reputable engineering company that provides a vast array of geotechnical drilling services. In 2011 Thompson Engineering expanded their offerings to the off-shore market and came to rely on the use of a CME 550X drill rig for its quality and performance while collecting Shelby tube and split spoon samples. When Thompson Engineering’s existing rig broke down, they turned to Rig Source for a replacement rig that would continue to fit their enduring off-shore drilling set up.

    “Rig Source was a great outlet for finding a drill rig replacement. They had the exact CME 550X model we were looking for, and it was already refurbished and ready for operation which minimized downtime,” expressed Stan White, senior chief driller at Thompson Engineering.

     

     Prior to its sale, Rig Source had performed full maintenance and repair on the CME 550 which included a new clutch and hoses, full service of fluids and filters, right angle drive and rotary box rebuilds and more. “The wireline winch that was included was an essential feature for us due to its quick operation and thin cable line which fit into our HWT casing,” explains White. After all repairs were complete on the rig it was then tested to ensure everything was fully operational. “When we commit to refurbishing a rig, we inspect every aspect of the rig and repair or replace features as needed to bring the unit back to like new condition,” says Chris West, service manager at Rig Source.

    In addition to its features, the refurbished CME 550X offered the same size footprint as Thompson Engineering’s former rig. Sticking to the same drill rig model was ideal because the rig would then fit the existing cantilever, harnesses and straps, and tooling that were customized to the footprint of a CME 550X. “For off-shore drilling we have to mobilize the rig on a barge and we do that by placing it on a cantilever. It’s extremely important that the rig we use fits the cantilever securely out over the water,” explains White.

    Off-shore subsurface investigation is challenging and having a reliable drilling rig provides drillers the security to efficiently and safely tackle projects. “We felt very confident and comfortable buying from Rig Source. They were extremely knowledgeable and forthcoming about the work done on the CME 550X and it’s been a great addition to our fleet,” exclaims White.



  7. Rotary Box & Right Angle Drive Rebuilds

    November 21, 2018 by Savannah Adkins

    Rig Source specializes in drill rig service and repair which includes rotary box and right angle drive rebuilds. Proper functioning of these two parts is essential for rig operation, but when problems occur it’s often assumed that these parts must be replaced rather than repaired. At Rig Source we strive to give our customers a rebuild option for getting their units up and running. With a shop team dedicated to drill rig repair, we’ve perfected rebuilds for rotary boxes and right angle drives, making them a reliable and affordable solution for fixing rigs. The ability to repair instead of replace is a popular option among used equipment owners looking to extend the life of their rigs without spending a fortune.

    Typically when the rotary box goes out on your rig you will hear an unusual noise or notice that the chain stopped spinning alerting you to the problem. Similarly, right angle drive issues are easily recognized by a loss of power from the engine to the rotary box. Problems with either one of these parts will bring your drilling project to a complete halt and requires a fix to make the unit operational again. While you can choose to replace these parts it is not always the most cost effective method, especially for older rig models. That’s where Rig Source’s rebuild options come into play.

    After decades of experience encountering these issues on our own rental rigs as well as customer rigs, we came up with not one, but two options for rebuilding these parts. Our first option allows customers to choose from a stock of already rebuilt rotary boxes and right angle drives which are ready for installation. The second option allows customers to have their existing rotary box or right angle drive rebuilt while receiving a discounted rental rate on a replacement drill for the duration of time the broken down rig is in the shop. Both options are affordable and minimize downtime allowing customers to fulfill project deadlines.

     

    For more information on rotary box and right angle drive rebuilds, contact Rig Source at 630.365.1649.



  8. Rental Geoprobe with Core Package

    July 31, 2018 by Savannah Adkins

    We’ve expanded our direct push rental inventory to include a Geoprobe 7822DT with core package. It’s the same great Geoprobe model with the added benefits of the core package for increased versatility and ease of transport to jobsites. As a reputable supplier of Geoprobe units we’re proud to stay on top of industry trends and excited to extend this new Geoprobe rental offering to our customers.

    The 7822DT is a preferred Geoprobe model for its size and adaptability. 7822DT models are fully operational by remote control and have narrow platforms making them extremely mobile and ideal for projects with limited access. The added core package extends the 7822DT’s capabilities with a 4-speed head that adapts to various ground densities. The added break out table, water swivel and water pump amplify the use of the 7822DT for coring by simplifying the drilling process and eliminating the need for purchasing specialty equipment. Together the 7822DT with core package delivers capabilities equivalent of larger track mounted drills but with greater flexibility.

    Added Benefits of Geoprobe’s Core Package Include:Geoprobe 7822DT with Core Package
    • High speed head
    • Rod clamp
    • Water swivel and hose kit
    • Feed system regulator
    • Wireline winch
    • Rotary core options

    For more information on our new rental Geoprobe 7822DT with core package please contact Rig Source at 630.365.1649.



  9. Schramm Inspection & Repair

    May 31, 2018 by Savannah Adkins

    As an industry leader in drill rig repair and refurbishment, Rig Source was excited to work alongside Schramm last week as they performed a complete inspection of a used Schramm T450WS rig. Committed to customer satisfaction, Rig Source facilitated the partnership with Schramm to give this Schramm a thorough once over for OEM certification while also using it as an opportunity to augment our team’s knowledge of Schramm rigs for future projects. 

    All new Schramm rigs receive a manufacturer’s certification prior to leaving Schramm’s facility to ensure products comply with industry regulations and are safe to operate. Once a unit is sold, it is then up to the owner to care for and protect the drill rig from receiving modifications in the field. Units can be safely repaired while maintaining structural integrity, but the original structure should never be modified.

    Eric Mosley, Director of Aftermarket at Schramm states, “When a rig is sold through a third party, there is always a possibility the original build had been altered during use so it’s imperative the rig be reassessed. Many jobsites require the inspection as a safety precaution prior to operation in the field.”

    Being that Rig Source is a third party drill rig provider, we are grateful to work with this manufacturer as safety is always a priority when repairing and refurbishing our used rigs. Schramm’s OEM certification of its T450WS consisted of a complete examination of each rig segment, an engineering review and fluid testing. Upon completion, Schramm personnel performed a test hole as well as other functions to substantiate the rigs functionality. The ability to work directly with Schramm on the inspection process safeguards that both the rig and our work are completed to OEM standards.

    For more information on Schramm inspections or to schedule an appointment for rig maintenance please give Rig Source a call at 630.365.1649.



  10. Rig Source Expands Drill Rig Offerings

    April 9, 2018 by Savannah Adkins

    Rig Source is excited to announce the addition of Geoprobe sonic rigs to our sales offerings. Rotary sonic drills are ideal for geotechnical, environmental, geothermal and exploration projects, and deliver faster production rates, reduce waste, increase reliability and provide superior sample quality over conventional drilling methods. The first sonic rig available at Rig Source is a used Geoprobe 8140LC.

    “We see the market moving towards sonic rigs and we’re excited to add the used Geoprobe 8140LC so we can continue providing customers cutting-edge drills at affordable prices,” states Matt Slater, Director of Sales at Rig Source.

    Sonic drilling is a modernized advanced soil penetration technique that uses vibrations to reduce friction on the drill string. Vibrations both loosen surrounding soils and give sonic rigs the ability to cut through dense layers of rock.

    Geoprobe 8140LC Sonic Rig

    Rig Source Sells Geoprobe 8140LC

    The used Geoprobe 8140LC for sale through Rig Source is a mid-sized sonic rig delivering full rotary capabilities and is equipped with an exclusive Geoprobe sonic head and 5 ft. stroke for low clearance access. The sonic head on the 8140LC model provides full rotation with an oscillator frequency of 0-130 Hz for enhanced drilling efficiency.  The swing arm control panel delivers variable speed controls affording operators the ability to adjust vibrations based on the ground conditions they’re working in.

    “You don’t need to operate at full speed all the time. Once you find the sweet spot, the Geoprobe 8140LC cuts just like butter,” confirms Chris West, Mechanic at Rig Source.

    Featuring an Integrated Systems Display, the 8140LC delivers real-time system analysis and an assortment of diagnostic tools. “The computer diagnostics are incredible and simplify maintenance. Everything is right there on the screen and allows segmentation of hours on the head verses hours on the overall machine,” adds West.

    Service & Support

    West is just one of Rig Source’s mechanics that visited Geoprobe’s headquarters last month to receive technical training on the 8140LC sonic rig.

    “Training our mechanics on the technical aspects of sonic rigs was of utmost importance to us before extending sales to customers. Our service and support extends past equipment sales so training was imperative to confirm we could continue to provide that same level of service on sonic drills,” states Slater.

    Whether you’re just starting to look into sonic rigs or already familiar them, Rig Source is excited to support your needs. For more information on Rig Source’s Geoprobe 8140LC sonic rig, please contact a member of our sales team today at 630.365.1649.



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