1. Rent-A-Rig While You Wait

    April 7, 2015

    Fellow NDA member, Terra Testing can’t get their hands on enough geotechnical and environmental drilling rigs to keep up with the current industry spike. Now they’re pulling out all the stops to add to their drilling fleet and using Rig Source as the means to do it. In the past few years, Terra Testing has added six new units to their fleet, continues to use numerous rentals, and has even started working to repair rigs that have been left sitting for one reason or another.

    When drill rigs are in high demand, obtaining new ones can be a difficult task. It takes manufacturers time to produce these rigs, and companies time to solidify the means to purchasing the new equipment. There is potential for a 4-12 month wait depending on the drill you select. Part of this is due to top brand name manufacturers for the geotechnical and environmental industry only producing an allotted number of rigs based on their annual expectations. Similarly, repairing drill rigs can be a lengthy process when you consider the time needed for inspections, parts ordering, potential fabrication design and labor.

    As a trusted supplier of drill rigs, Rig Source has been fortunate to build strong relationships with many of the drill manufacturers over the years. Rig Source is best known for working with you when buying your new drill. Rig Source offers rental units to keep you working while your machines being built, and also have a full service shop that focuses on repairing used drill rigs to keep customers up and running in the heat of the moment.

    Terra Testing CME 75 Drilling Rig

    Drill Rig Rentals Are There To Get You By

    That is not to say there isn’t a lag period for customers in the process of buying or repairing drill rigs. During this lag there is still a job to get done, and customers like Terra Testing need working drill rigs to get it done – now, without any wait. Rental drill rigs are the perfect fit for these situations, and Rig Source was established to accommodate companies such as Terra Testing when this occurs. Rig Source offers affordable rental drill rigs while you wait on your new or refurbished rig. They customize rental terms and pricing to fit exact needs, and offer rental drilling rigs comparable to the ones you’re waiting on. Many companies have come to depend on Rig Source for new and used drill rigs and drill rig repairs because they offer a wide variety of rentals which bridge the gap while you wait for your new or refurbished rig.

    Does this sound like a familiar situation to you? Do you have numerous job opportunities being awarded to you and not enough equipment to keep up? Don’t feel like you need to turn jobs down – turn to Rig Source instead. Give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649 to discuss your options!

  2. Accidents Happen but Drill Rig Damage is Repairable

    March 31, 2015

    The next time you roll your trailer while hauling your rig – Rig Source to the rescue!

    Has anyone ever lost something out of a car window or worse watched an item fall off the back of a truck bed? How many of you have rolled your trailer while carrying your drill rig to its next destination? I can’t say that I’ve rolled a trailer, but watching my couch fly was a site to be seen. Regardless of the item you lose or damage in an accident, two things remain the same: 1) be glad you’re safe & 2) be prepared to repair or replace.

    True Stories of Drill Rig Accidents

    The fact of the matter is accidents do happen and unfortunately more often than we would like to admit. Rig Source has advised many customers who have encountered these types of drill rig accidents over the years but a couple recent accidents include a Geoprobe and a Diedrich drill rig.

    The first incident was a Geoprobe® 6620DT drill rig which took a spill similar to the ones described above. During the accident, the Geoprobe® withstood some damage such as bent parts that required repair before the unit could go back to work safely.

    Rig Source received the Geoprobe® 6620DT shortly after its accident and immediately inspected the unit for any and all possible damage. “The number one factor to consider during rig repairs is always safety. During our thorough inspections, we are able to find all problems, and require our customer’s to fix problematic findings prior to putting the units back to use,” says Mike Crimaldi, owner of Rig Source Inc.

    Therefore, after a full inspection, Rig Source went straight to work and fixed the damaged direct push unit using all genuine Geoprobe® replacement parts. To everyone’s surprise, the Geoprobe® 6620DT didn’t obtain as much damage as one would expect from an accident so our customer decided to do a few extra maintenance items while the unit was in the shop.

    Repaired Drill Rig Damage

    Geoprobe® 6620DT Repair List:


    • Replaced bent parts
    • Rewired fuse panel
    • Replaced cables, hoses & tracks
    • Oil change
    • Fresh paint

    The second drill rig accident occurred with a Diedrich D50 which rolled along with its trailer during transport. With this particular unit, the owners were not as lucky as the first. After Rig Source completed their inspection of the Diedrich unit, it was determined that the amount of repairs needed were far beyond the value of the unit. Similarly, our mechanics openly communicated safety concerns which could pose a threat to future drillers if the unit was to be repaired. For everyone’s well-being, rather than repairing this Diedrich D50, Rig Source opted to work alongside the customer to find them a replacement rig that was affordable and met their needs.

    Not everyone has the luck of the first customer mentioned, but with the experience our shop team has working on these rigs we can do some powerful repairs. Our guys are second to none, and are always there when you need them. Likewise, our team is dedicated to you so even if we recommend a drill rig to be scraped because we can’t safely put it back to work, our sales team will help you get back into the action with a replacement drill.

    What’s the worst accident you’ve encountered with your equipment? What kind of damage did you have? Give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649, and we’ll inspect and repair your drill rigs from top to bottom or replace them to get you back in safe working order in no time.

  3. Refurbished Geoprobe® Heads to Michigan

    March 23, 2015

    Taking care of your drilling equipment is paramount to maintaining a successful business in the Geotechnical Drilling industry.

    We all know safety is an important aspect of the drilling industry, but to drill safely it requires a great deal of detail which involves proper, well maintained equipment. Maintenance and repair go a long way to ensure your equipment is up to par, and in return allows your company to provide accurate services with confidence. Having quality equipment also gives companies the professional edge to establish and maintain clientele, complete work efficiently and protect the safety of their drillers. All key strengths that lead to success!

    Mannik & Smith Group is one company that recognizes the importance of keeping quality well maintained drills in their geotechnical fleet. In fact, they just got their Geoprobe® 6620DT direct push unit serviced by Rig Source in order to keep their company on the path to success. James, a seven year direct push driller, was excited when he picked up this newly refurbished Geoprobe® drill.

    “I’m anxious to see how smoothly the serviced rig works. First I’m taking the Geoprobe® 6620DT to Michigan for some geotechnical work and then I’ll be heading to Ohio to start another project. ” says James.

    Standard Direct Push Drill Refurbishment Includes:
    • General Maintenance: oil change, filter replacements, etc.
    • Repair: hoses, tubing & new control panels
    • Paint: sandblast & paint

    If you would like to keep your business on the forefront of success in the geotechnical drilling industry, it’s highly recommended that you don’t let your equipment slip. Be sure to give your drilling equipment the care it needs to excel. After all, high quality equipment directly reflects upon your business by how well you are able to complete your geotechnical jobs and satisfy customers.

    For help refurbishing your direct push equipment, give Rig Source a call at 630.365.1649 today!

  4. Some Things Should Be Left to the Professionals

    March 16, 2015

    Don’t wait until your half way in to realize you’re in over your head with drilling rig service & repair.

    Do you ever catch yourself starting a project just to leave it half way complete? Better yet do you create lists of things you’d like to do and never quite get around to actually doing it? The good news is you are not alone! All too often our customer’s come to us mid project or after years of allowing their units to sit before they finally decide to hand it off to our shop.

    While Rig Source will take on just about any project during any stage of work, we don’t always recommend it – for your sake not ours! Here at Rig Source, we’re set up to support you so why not just start with us and save yourself the hassle. Using a professional doesn’t mean you’re not capable of doing the work yourself, and it doesn’t always cost you more when you look at the big picture. More often than not, it’s just sensible.

    Just in case you’re still on the fence, consider the 3 points below and then determine if your project is manageable or better left in the hands of the professionals.

    1. Time: You don’t have it & we do. Consider how long your rig will be sitting before you’re schedule allows you the time to tinker with it. Professionals are available all day, every day, and commit to meeting your deadlines.

    2. Down Time: If it’s not working, you’re not making money. The amount of down time the drill rig gets while you contemplate the when’s and how’s to fixing it can end up costing you more than the professional’s labor costs.

    3. Expertise: You’re a driller so your expertise is working the rig while we’ve got highly skilled mechanics whose expertise is repairing it. Professionals spend their lives working on drill rig repairs and know most rigs inside and out just as you know the ins and outs of drilling.

    Sample Drill Rig Remount Project

    CME 55 Remount Before & After Photos

    Bore & Core Drilling needed a remount and came right here to Rig Source after realizing time was of the essence. This CME 55 drill was remounted to a Morooka MST 800 crawler carrier so it could accommodate Alabama’s terrain, and upon customer request was painted black on black.

    To get in touch with us or to schedule your drill rig unit for service, remount or repair call 630.365.1649. Interested in viewing more of our work? Continue browsing our blog or join us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest shop projects and updates!

  5. Career Development in the Oil and Coal Drilling Industries

    March 9, 2015
    Your Future in Drilling: Career Development Tracks in the Mining Industries


    If you’re considering a career in the coal mining, oil, or gas industries, you might not have a clear picture of how your career will progress. Your education, goals, and salary desires can all affect what path you might take in your mining industries career. Let’s drill down into what arcs your career path might make.

    Possible career paths for workers in the oil and coal drilling industries.


    First of all, it’s important to note that all entry level positions in the mining industries are paid hourly, meaning that the estimated salaries in this infographic are conservative, given that many in the industry work more than a 40-hour week. Jesse Whittaker, a Sales Rep at Rig Source who grew up in West Virginia and has been working in coal mining since the age of 16, knows the reason behind this: unpredictability.

    “There is no standard day on a drill rig,” says Jesse. “You could work 8 hours in a day and everything would be fine, or you could have an issue in the hole and be there for 18 hours.”

    Most high school graduates will begin as a miner or laborer, earning from $37,000-45,000/year for operating heavy mining machinery, drill blasting holes, transporting coal, and laying out and building underground mines, according to Indeed. Most miners fall between the ages of 20-45, according to WiseGeek; with that in mind, working in the drilling industry may be ideal for a young person without a family at home, since the job requires so much time away from the family.

    Miners or laborers can advance to an equipment operator miner, whose job duties include safely and efficiently operating mining equipment. The top rung of this career path is foreman, where one can earn $80,000-89,000/year for supervising miners, meeting quotas, and maintaining an efficient work environment.

    College graduates searching for a job in coal mining can explore careers as geologists or mechanical engineers, depending on their interests. A geologist researches formation dissolution and content of rock layers, and he may also study variation in rock formation and densities. A mechanical engineer, meanwhile, earns $73,000-89,000/year for designing machines and mechanical installations, evaluating machinery, and setting up work control systems.

    From there, an employee can advance to the role of mine manager, which comes with a significant salary increase and additional responsibilities of staffing management, performance evaluation, and promotion of a safe work environment. While a college degree isn’t necessary for a mine manager, only 17% have a high school diploma as their highest degree (for comparison’s sake, 43% hold a Bachelor’s Degree and 27% hold a Master’s Degree).

    Finally, a college graduate’s career in coal mining might culminate as an executive operations manager or mine engineer, both high-level roles earning around $100,000/year. A mine engineer is responsible for planning and designing mines for maximum structural stability, while the executive operations manager leads and managers operation teams.

    A crucial requisite to working in the oil and gas industries is being physically strong. In these career fields, you’re required to 100-150 pounds of equipment regularly. The physical nature of jobs on drilling rigs isn’t for everyone.

    A high school graduate will begin in the oil and gas drilling industries as a hand on an oil drilling rig, conducting inspection on oil drilling equipment, assisting the driller during operations, and ensuring the accuracy of fuel inventories for around $40,000/year. From there, he will advance to a driller, ensuring compliance with all regulating bodies and supervising drilling activities such as core drilling or exploration drilling. Eventually, he may become a tool pusher, supervising daily drilling rig operations

    A college graduate, on the other hand, may enter the oil and gas industries as a petroleum geologist, gaining valuable experience and knowledge in rock formations and mineral samples that could eventually pave the way towards becoming a CEO. The next rung on the ladder is drilling operations manager, managing daily operations and planning various drilling projects, such as exploration drilling, and revising them as necessary. Finally, a drilling operations manager may be promoted to a drilling/petroleum engineer, specializing in the production and placement of wells, earning around $104,000/year according to Salary.com.

    No matter which career path a budding worker in the mining, oil, and gas industries may choose, there’s one thing necessary for career success: autonomy. Being able to work well on your own and being self-directed is key to advancing in your career in the drilling industry.


  6. Extreme Flexibility – Knuckle Boom Cranes

    February 27, 2015

    What do you get when you mix the versatility of a rubber tracked crawler carrier and the functionality of a knuckle boom crane? That’s right, our title says it all – EXTREME Flexibility!

    Scroll through our album and view every angle of this customized crawler carrier with knuckle boom crane attachment, and learn how its use can benefit a variety of industries.

    The Crane Itself

    The ability to use knuckle boom cranes ultimately simplifies an operator’s loading process by giving them more functionality. The knuckle boom crane has multiple joints which increases its range of motion and reach for objects. It also takes up very little space on the carrier itself since it mounts tight against the operator’s cab. This set up provides users the ability to use crane functions while maintaining full functionality of the crawler carrier as well.

    This combination carrier unit with knuckle boom crane has been found to be rather useful for pipeline and utility companies alike that use it for moving large items along the job site and clearing paths for equipment and crew. It has even been used for drilling support as drillers transport equipment to and from remote locations. Customers who have experienced using various pieces of equipment in the past readily flaunt how handy the crawler carrier with knuckle boom crane was to have on their job sites. These same customers have the tendency to return to us time and time again – Quality equipment leaves a lasting impression!

    Buy or Rent

    At Rig Source, these custom knuckle boom crane units are available for both sale and rent. Whether you have a short term or long term need, we’ve got you covered.  We offer various rental rates and affordable pricing on all our custom crawler carrier units, and diligently work with you to ensure your every need is being met. No two jobs will ever be the same so give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649 to gather the latest carrier with knuckle boom crane attachment information. While you’re at it, test our flexibility and share your challenges with us. We’d love the challenge, and you’ll only benefit from our solutions!

  7. Control Panel Upgrades Sure to Simplify Your Life

    February 17, 2015

    Many old drill rigs run great and have affordable price tags making them extremely desirable, but there is just one minor issue – outdated control panels.

    You don’t think much of your drill’s control panel until it becomes a part of your everyday routine. It’s then that even the smallest issues can become annoyances that hinder your productivity. While there is nothing wrong with the way manufacturers made control panels back in the day, there are updates each company has made over the years to keep up with technological advancements. When you purchase used drill rigs, you don’t always obtain those most up to date features, unless you request it that is.

    Diedrich D-50 Control Panel

    The Diedrich D-50 is a perfect example of a top notch geotechnical and environmental drill rig that has undergone some changes over time, in particular with their control panels. Just a few years ago the Diedrich D-50 control panels were made with diverters. This meant that each control was actually responsible for multiple functions very similar to the way keys on a keyboard are responsible for both upper and lower case letters. In order for a driller to switch between two functions on older model Diedrich drills, they would rely on flipping controls from one position to another. Seems simple in theory but becomes burdensome real quick when you take into consideration the controls are not always in arms reach of your work.

    Have It All With Rig Source

    One way to overcome an outdated control panel is to buy new, but I’m here to let you know it’s not the only option. Drill rig specialty companies like Rig Source make it possible for you to have it all by keeping with that older unit and its affordable price tag while just upgrading the drills control panel. The cost associated with the upgrade has proven to be a great value to those not ready to invest in a new Diedrich drill.

    Rig Source’s Work

    Rig Source just completed these exact Diedrich control panel upgrades as well as a few more custom updates on a customer’s truck mounted Diedrich D-50 rig. The little annoyances built up over time, and eventually this client came to Rig Source requesting it receive a new control panel and new lower valve bank. In doing so, each control pictured below now has its own valve and individual function which has increased the driller’s productivity as a whole.

    Diedrich Control Panel Upgrade

    While it’s not always necessary to upgrade used drill rigs, this customer certainly found it beneficial to do so. Do you have a similar issue with your control panel? Need a custom drill rig upgrade? Share your thoughts with us or request more information at 630.365.1649.

  8. Discount on Crawler Carrier Parts

    February 2, 2015

    Inventory is complete, and Rig Source has a surplus of carrier parts so let the savings begin.

    As of February 1st, Rig Source announced a large crawler carrier parts sale that would run throughout the entire month. During this limited time offer universal crawler carrier replacement tracks for brand names such as Terramac®, Morooka and IHI units are 10% OFF, and there are numerous BUY 3 GET 1 FREE offers on rollers, bushings, sprockets, pivot shafts and much more. If you were considering some general maintenance on your crawler carrier units this year, a sale like this is definitely worth taking advantage of.


  9. Tight Spaces Require Special Features

    January 8, 2015

    Don’t let tricky drilling sites keep you from taking excellent job opportunities. Instead, look into drill rig and specialized options that have the potential to get you where you need to be.

    It’s no surprise to the drilling industry that certain jobs require a bit of resourcefulness. Experienced drillers have an innate ability and skilled eye to expose the challenges surrounding unique drill sites and teaming up with a creative company to find just the right drill rig solutions is exciting for all.

    Creative Solutions Uncovered

    The Diedrich D-25 drill rig is known for its light weight, ease of maneuverability and ability to do shallow drilling, but for the first time in history the D-25 rig was converted form a skid to a track to increase its accessibility even more. Below is a photograph of the rig after Rig Source converted the unit for Total Depth Drilling in Tennessee.


    Total Depth Drilling knew they needed the Diedrich D-25 for its size and the type of drilling at hand, but found the jobsite locations proved to be a bit trickier to reach than expected. They took their issue to Rig Source where owner, Mike Crimaldi was able to create and execute a conversion that worked for both the rig and user. Airing on the side of caution, Mr. Crimaldi worked closely with manufacturer, Diedrich Drill on the conversion plan. The conversion from skid to track will allow Total Depth Drilling to take their small Diedrich D-25 down hills and through creeks so they can continue to test borings while staying environmentally friendly.

    Diedrich D-25 ConversionTimes Are Changing

    There is no doubt that times have changed, and environmental sensitivity is becoming a greater concern than ever before. Many drillers are facing the difficulties of delicate terrain, but there are certainly affordable options out there to overcome them. If you catch yourself in a situation where your drill rig just doesn’t cut it quite like it should, give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649. We specialize in finding you the creative solutions to get the job done, and have over a decade of experience doing so.

  10. RPM Drilling Interview – Get It Straight From The Source

    November 4, 2014

    Word of mouth goes a long way in the drilling industry, and Rig Source is honored that RPM’s drilling staff finds the drill rigs we provide referral worthy.

    “As a growing company we needed to fill the gap in our equipment. Some of our staff had used drill rigs from Rig Source before, and had great things to say about them.”  – Les Maxwell, Manager at RPM Drilling

    RPM Drilling is a Geotechnical and Environmental drilling company in Ontario, Canada, and like many others drillers up North, have been taken over by increased demands in the industry. When the need for additional equipment came about, RPM’s drillers didn’t hesitate to inform Maxwell about the drill rigs they preferred to use – ours!

    News Clipping from RPM DrillingRig Source was able to work a deal with RPM Drilling over the purchase of a tracked CME 55 unit which has now joined the company’s fleet as their 3rd tracked drill rig to date and 4th overall. Within its first week on the job, the CME 55 drill had already completed three environmental drilling projects, and has been showcased at the First Nations Environmental Conference held in Thunder Bay. Having been put to the test early on, we’re pleased to report that the CME 55’s performance is also receiving compliments by both drillers and clients alike.

    When Maxwell was asked what the best part about working with Rig Source was, he responded with, “the communication”. In his business communication is the key to success, and Maxwell was thrilled to find that all of Rig Source’s staff was able to uphold his expectations. While this is something that Rig Source certainly strives for daily, it is always nice to hear straight from the source, our customers when we’re achieving success.

    If you’ve used or witnessed our drilling rigs and crawler carriers in action and like what you see, don’t forget to refer us. Your opinion of our equipment and services can go a long way, and our team at Rig Source makes sure to take note of your referrals and reward you for your support. For questions or information on our drill rigs or crawler carriers for sale and rent, please give us a call at 630.365.1649.

  11. Earth Drilling – Taking On All Sorts of Rigs

    October 28, 2014

    If you name a geotechnical drill rig it’s likely that Earth Drilling has the rig in their fleet. In an effort to take on Canada’s increased drilling job market they have purchased 5 additional units.

    Earth Drilling noticed a large influx of drilling jobs in and around their Canadian offices, and it’s been quite the task staying on top of the demand. However, with the help of Rig Source, Earth Drilling was able to locate and purchase the additional geotechnical drill rigs necessary to accommodate their growing customer base. In fact, Earth Drilling hasn’t just added one rig to their fleet, but rather (3) Diedrich D-120’s and (2) Morooka MST 1500’s in the last two years which is very impressive.

    Earth Drilling's Latest Diedrich D-120 Drill Rig

    Latest Diedrich D-120 Drill Rig To Join Earth Drilling’s Fleet

    The two most recent units to ship from Rig Source to Earth Drilling were a Diedrich D-120 which was preceded by a Morooka MST 1500 flatbed unit. Similar to ones prior, these units will be utilized in Earth Drilling’s fleet to collect geotechnical and environmental drilling samples across all types of land formations. This is of course, the type of drilling that Earth Drilling is best known for, and the Diedrich D-120’s we supply are more than equipped to handle each and every job that comes their way, from large to small. With all the new equipment as well as the market influx, it is causing rapid expansion for Earth Drilling, and as their drill rig supplier we are happy to see them thrive.


  12. Let the Rig Source Geek Squad Get You Going

    October 21, 2014

    Purchasing a new drill rig is exciting as it usually indicates that you’re upgrading existing equipment, adding to your fleet or starting a new company. Along with this excitement can come uncertainty as you learn the ins and outs of your new drill rig. In order to benefit from all of the capabilities your new rig offers you might want to consider a professional start-up. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced driller, you can surely benefit from additional demos before taking your rig to a job site for its big debut.

    Start-up Services

    When you purchase drill rigs from Rig Source, our team is always prepared to provide a start-up session for your rig operators. We want our customer’s to get the most out of their equipment, and knowing how to operate your drill rig properly will help do just that. Not only is our sales team extremely knowledgeable on the drill rigs we sell, many have years of experience operating drill rigs and utilizing a variety of drilling methods for various industries which makes them a perfect fit for quality start-up services. (more…)