1. Smart Business Tactics Builds Strong Company

    July 8, 2015

    When Sherri Meiklejohn, owner of Authentic Drilling in Colorado started out in the drilling industry eleven years ago, she never would have thought she’d one day be starting her own drilling company. According to the National Women’s Business Council, woman owned drilling businesses are categorized under the construction industry, and are recognized for making up less than 8% of women owned businesses. With few women choosing to head up professional drilling service companies it sparked my interest to ask Sherri exactly how she got her start, and what led her to where she is today.

    CME Drill Rig Working in Colorado - Drilling Industry

    In a recent Q & A session, I was given the opportunity to ask Sherri many of questions looming in my mind about her new business, and below are her direct responses.
    • As a woman, what made you decide to first get involved in the drilling industry? 

    Back in 2004, I was approached by a Canadian seismic drilling company who wanted to expand operations into the United States.  As my youngest child was starting kindergarten, it was good timing to go back to work.  As with many small companies, one person must perform a wide variety of job duties.  My duties grew from start-up setup, to accounting and field operations and I worked my way up to be the Director, US Operations. In 2008 I expanded my technical knowledge in the geotechnical, environmental and exploration drilling field which remains my business’ target market. 

    • When did you decide you wanted to start your own drilling company?

    I had lightly considered starting my own company in the past but as I have limited experience operating levers, I was uncomfortable with investing my savings in others hands. I finally came up with the solution, and it was to only hire senior drillers, pay them well and provide them with an incentive/accountability program by giving them a 25% net drilling profits bonus pool contingent on continued employment.

    • How does being a woman owned and operated company affect your business?  

    It is not any different than any other company.  Every company has to prove their value to their clients and Authentic Drilling plans to do just that.

    • You just purchased 2 CME drill rigs from Rig Source – What made CME the brand of choice? 

    CME is a solid choice and is well known by our clients and drillers.  Parts are readily available and they are very reliable drill rigs.

    • How many units do you currently have in your fleet? 

    We currently have three drill rigs:  CME-75 truck, CME-550X and CME 55/300.  We intend to purchase a CME-750X drill rig later this summer from Rig Source as well.

    • What made you decide to choose Rig Source for your drill rig needs?

    Buying from Rig Source removes a lot of the unknown factors in purchasing a pre-owned drill rig.  When the rig arrives, it is already painted in our company colors and other than tooling up the rig and giving the rig a once over, you can start your revenue flowing right away.

    • What areas will Authentic Drilling service?

    The CME 550X is drilling in the mountains today!  Most of our work will be in Colorado and surrounding states, however, we will drill anywhere west of the Mississippi.

    As Authentic Drilling’s primary drill rig supplier, I want to thank Sherri for sharing her story with us and congratulate her new start with Authentic Drilling. Her story goes to show that smart business tactics really do help establish and build strong companies.

    If you are in the need of a used drill rig, give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649.



  2. Rent Crawler Carriers Before You Buy

    June 4, 2015
    One more way we ensure customer satisfaction!

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could test a rubber tracked carrier before you determined if it was the right piece of equipment for you? We provide you the option to rent all of our name brand carriers, including Terramac®, Morooka and IHI before you purchase. This opportunity is available on new and used carrier units as well as crawler carriers with customized attachment features. Our flexible rental options are intended to accommodate your needs so learn what’s available and reap the benefits today!

    Benefits Of Renting A Carrier Before Purchasing

    As your one stop shop for crawler carrier rentals and purchases, Rig Source strives to make the process as simple as possible. Over the years, we’ve learned that our customers appreciate the benefits associated with renting before buying. Two of the biggest benefits are the ability for customers to familiarize themselves with new equipment and at the same time tryout the crawler carrier they’re considering buying.

    Maybe you’re not too familiar with crawler carrier products or maybe you haven’t seen the full scope of tracked carrier capabilities, but renting before you buy provides you the time and practice to learn. Taking a rental crawler carrier out on the jobsite allows customers to put our rubber tracked carriers to the test to ensure they are meeting all the requirements necessary to later justify their purchase. (more…)



  3. Direct Push Drilling Services Ramps Up In Milwaukee

    May 18, 2015

    The need for direct push drilling services is on the rise in the environmental industry, and Rig Source is pleased to announce we have supplied another start-up company with the Geoprobe Unit to get their business up and running for the Milwaukee area.

    Baake Field Services

    Long time environmental consultant and drilling enthusiast, Matthew Baake has taken the initiative to begin his own company, Baake Field Services which will be opening later this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “There were just too few direct push options and an inadequate supply of companies to meet the local demand,” says Baake. In response to the industry’s needs, Baake purchased a refurbished Geoprobe 66DT direct push unit which counts as the first direct push unit to enter his fleet. The 66DT unit will be used for a full range of direct push drilling services including soil sampling and site investigation.

    Drilling Selection Exists but Nothing Tops an Outstanding Reputation

    When faced with the decision to select the right kind of drilling equipment to encompass the range of services as well as meet the financial requirements Baake had in mind, he confessed to scoping out all his options. The ability to search probing equipment online and even complete price comparisons in a matter of minutes allows buyers to educate themselves on the equipment available and study the value of drilling equipment to ensure they make an overall good decision with the final purchase.

    After talking to multiple industry experts Baake was referred back to Rig Source time and time again. Our outstanding reputation in the environmental industry along with his own research of used Geoprobe’s led him to the conclusion that Rig Source was the best option for purchasing his direct push equipment.

    “During my years as a consultant I had heard about Rig Source from numerous drilling and probing service providers so naturally they were on the top of my list during the research phase. What I discovered during my research though is that used rigs can be found elsewhere, however, sources are generally dubious and the rigs tend to be priced high relative to their condition and age, etc.  Rig Source was able to provide me with the rig, tooling, and refurbishing in one fell swoop, at what seemed to be a fair price.” – Matthew Baake

    As Baake gathers the remainder of drilling supplies and tooling, he is eager to offer his services to the Milwaukee area so stay alert for his grand opening in the near future.

    If you are looking to break into the growing environmental drilling market to help the industry keep up with its demand, give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649 and let us help you find your equipment!



  4. We Let YOU Customize Rentals

    April 27, 2015

    Did you ever stop and think…”Man, if I had a crawler carrier with a specific specialty attachment then I’d be able to take on that incredible job?” Specialty equipment can be costly, and often times an investment that your company may not be able or willing to make for a single job opportunity that arises. It’s a common road block many companies face when niche jobs come up requiring heavy duty crawler carriers.

    Lucky for you, Rig Source listens to our customer’s needs when they come to us. Our corporate policies do not prevent us from accommodating your needs so we do our best to offer customized rental crawler carriers that meet your exact demands any time. Our company was built by thinking outside the box, and we view each new customization request as an opportunity for our business to serve you. We have a variety of rental crawler carriers just waiting to be customized, and have over a decade of experience working directly with our customers on customization projects.

    Options, Options, Options – Who Doesn’t Love Options?Customized Rentals with Fifth Wheel

    Wheels are probably the last thing you think of when you think rubber tracked crawler carrier, but that is the exact customization we completed for our most recent crawler carrier rental customer. A utility job in the desert required tracked carriers for hauling pipe/pole trailers. In order to attach the trailer to the crawler carrier, Rig Source installed a fifth wheel and pintle hitch to two units. With no pressure to purchase the units, this customer is able to complete their unique job with two customized rentals that fit their exact needs.

    Other customized rental options we’ve completed include: personnel carriers, hydroseeders, rock beds, vacuum excavator and much more. There is no customization we won’t consider to meet your needs so give us a call today at 630.365.1649 with your ideas, or visit our rental crawler carrier’s page to view some already customized carrier units!

    How many crawler carrier rental centers do you know that offer customized rental options for specialty equipment? We believe we are one of the few and we do it because it’s what YOU need.



  5. 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!



  6. 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.



  7. 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!



  8. 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!



  9. 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.

     



  10. 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!