1. Shop Talk – Conventional Oil vs. Biodegradable Oil

    September 19, 2014

    Whether you’re buying new or just looking to switch your used crawler carriers or drill rigs over to biodegradable oil – Rig Source is knowledgeable and equipped to support your needs.

    Every crawler carrier and drill rig requires oil for smooth and safe operation, but there are a number of things to consider ensuring you are getting the most out of your equipment. With all the hype and increased regulation surrounding the idea of maintaining environmentally friendly equipment, it’s no surprise that a number of industries are now choosing to use biodegradable oil.  Biodegradable oil has gained a highly notable reputation for being less toxic and reducing our dependency on imported petroleum, according to former environmental driller and current drill rig sales representative, Jesse Whittaker.

    Despite this, there are a few more considerations that the Rig Source team would recommend taking into account before choosing between conventional and biodegradable oil for your new and used crawler carriers or drill rigs.

    Consider This…conventional oil vs. biodegradable oil

    1) Oil Compatibility – Carefully analyze the characteristic differences between the oil you are currently using compared to what you are considering using. Conventional and biodegradable oils have different characteristics, and often require more cleaning and preparation than just draining the old and filling the new. Poor conversions can lead to break downs, additional wear and tear and even higher operating temperatures.

    2) Cost – Both conventional and biodegradable oil require maintenance over time. However, depending on your oil selection, certain oils often require additional additives to properly function which could raise the cost of maintenance and overall operation of your crawler carrier or drill rig.

    3) Unit Design – Be sure to look at the details of the operating system on your crawler carrier or drill rig. Depending on the type of materials used and overall design, it could affect the way your equipment handles different types of oil. Using the wrong kind of oil will increase the likelihood of increased wear and tear.

    4) Equipment’s History – Any good mechanic will tell you that the lubricants and fluids you put into your crawler carrier and drill rigs eventually become a part of the equipment itself. Once a piece of equipment is accustomed to a specific type of oil, changing it has the potential to shock the operating system. Therefore, it’s important to assess the advantages and disadvantages to prevent making any unnecessary changes that could hinder the life of your equipment.

    If you’ve taken the time to review your oil options, and still have questions regarding which type of oil is right for your crawler carrier or drill rigs – Call Rig Source at 630.365.1649. Our shop team keeps up with the various industry changes and advancements, including those intended to increase environmentally friendliness!

    *For safety and superior operation, it is highly recommended by Rig Source that you seek professional advice prior to switching oils or using oil that is not listed in your unit’s owner’s manual.

  2. Drilling Rig Remount Services – Fast, Efficient & Customized

    August 13, 2014
    Your heavy duty drilling equipment can only go as far as its mount will take it which is why Rig Source offers drilling rig remount services to broaden your range.

    Remounting drilling equipment is quite typical in the drilling industry, and drillers will often times remount the same drill rig numerous times throughout the course of its life. They do this to ensure accessibility and dependability of their rigs. No driller wants downtime, and by having their drill mounted to the most versatile vehicle will get them where they need to go will help eliminate downtime.

    Why Go Through The Hassle Of A Drilling Rig Remount?

    Wayne Nash, a contributing author for the National Driller wrote a piece on drill rig remounts called, “Considerations When Remounting a Drilling Rig.” In his article, Wayne came to the conclusion that drilling rigs need remounts throughout their lifetime for two main reasons.

    • Drill rig technology doesn’t change rapidly which means drill rigs usually outlast the trucks they’re mounted on.
    • Road or field conditions make use of trucks completely obsolete so alternative mounts such as tracks become a necessity.

    Both his points solidify the need for reoccurring remounts, but finding experienced individuals to complete the task successfully or sometimes just the time to get it done can be difficult.

    Rig Source Gets It Done

    Rig Source specializes in remounting and servicing drill rigs. In fact, providing drillers with custom drilling rig remounts has played a huge role in the company’s success. Since then, Rig Source has spent the last ten years perfecting how we can excel at meeting our customer’s needs by providing customer’s the drilling rig remounts they need and deserve. Below is two of the most recent drilling rig remounts executed in our shop.

    Boart Longyear LF90D Drilling Rig Remount CME Drill Remount
    Boart Longyear LF90 – In a hurry? We remounted this Boart Longyear LF90 in less than a day!

    CME Drill – Trading in your wheels for tracks? We supplied the Morooka MST 800 & completed the remount.

    Stuck in a bind or just looking to modernize your rig? Call Rig Source today at 630.365.1649 where we specialize in drilling rig remounts. There is no telling where your next drilling job will land you, but it is important to have versatile equipment to take you there, and reliable support to get you there.

  3. A New Spin At Rig Source

    June 30, 2014

    Rig Source is proud to offer our first Komatsu CD60 rotating crawler carrier unit for sale or rent. The Komatsu CD60 puts another spin on tracked carriers that provides users a greater degree of maneuverability. If you’ve enjoyed the benefits of a rubber tracked crawler carrier in the past get ready to be amazed by what additional features this unit offers.

    Tight Spaces Require Rotation

    While working within space constrictions, it is not easy to find the exact equipment you need to get the job done and also protect your surroundings. Typically, something has got to give, but when you partner with Rig Source. We have found that while many of our customers benefit from use of standard crawler carrier units, there is still a large number of markets that need a little extra something, like rotation!komatsu cd60 rotating crawler carrier unit

    This is why Rig Source decided to offer you the option to buy or rent a Komatsu CD60 rotating crawler carrier. The Komatsu CD60 features a 360 degree rotating cab and bed which will allow you to enter and exit tight spaces on the jobsite without having to actually turn the entire unit and risk digging the rubber tracks into the unstable ground. Along with this, the Komatsu CD60 rotating crawler carrier requires less space for operations since it has the ability to spin and doesn’t need to turn. Both prove to be added bonuses for companies that need a little more than just low ground pressure on their jobsites.

    Give It a Whirl – Buy or Rent a Komatsu CD60

    If you’ve got work to do and are confined to small spaces to do it, try out our latest equipment addition, the Komatsu CD60 rotating crawler carrier. Rig Source is certainly excited to be featuring yet another new model of equipment to our customer base. It is our goal to keep up with the changing and growing needs of our customers, and as of right now, we believe the Komatsu CD60 rotating crawler carrier is the spin you need.

    For additional information on the Komatsu CD60 rotating crawler carrier available for sale or rent, give us a call at 630.365.1649. A member of our team would be happy to discuss the benefits and details on this unit with you.


  4. Everything You Need to Know About Buying New Rubber Tracks for Crawler Carriers

    March 7, 2014

    If you’re the owner or operator of a rubber track crawler carrier I’m sure you have wondered when the time is right to replace a machine’s rubber tracks to keep it operating at its best. Below are some helpful tips to take the guesswork out of the process.

    We all know to rotate the tires on our everyday wheeled vehicles on a regular basis and to replace them every 40-60k miles or when the tires start to show signs of balding. Figuring out when to replace the rubber that hits the ground on a rubber tracked crawler carrier isn’t as simple.

    Do You Need to Replace Your Rubber Tracks?New Rubber Tracks

    If your rubber tracks have logged more than 2,000 hours it’s time to start planning for a replacement set. Depending on the terrain the machine is used on there might be visible tread wear. To eliminate unnecessary downtime and reduce track breakages in remote areas replace any tracks that show signs of wear. Worn tracks can also hinder the smooth operation that people have come to depend on from rubber track crawler carriers so be sure to plan ahead. If your rubber track appears to have a manufacturing defect contact the manufacturer to see if a replacement is covered under the warranty. Due to the nature of a job site not all damages will turn into claims but it is certainly worth investigating.

    Purchasing Tips for New Rubber Tracks

    Now that you’ve determined you need a set of new rubber tracks here are some helpful tips when shopping around for the best set of tracks money can buy.

    • Looking Beyond the Surface: High quality rubber tracks contain more than just rubber. Tracks with continuous steel core technology eliminate the need for joints inside the tracks. Steel cords are wound helically inside the track to form one piece. This process offer maximum durability and keeps tracks from stretching and derailing over time. By eliminating the jointing you eliminate 95% rubber track failure. Beware of manufactures that produce new rubber tracks with flat separate cables or with cable winding that are not helically wound as this will result in an inferior product.
    • Evaluate Rubber Materials: You might be surprised to know that a combination of natural and synthetic rubber produces the toughest rubber which helps provide wear and tear resistance in addition to a long service life. Look for new rubber tracks with a rubber compound of 60% natural rubber and 40% synthetic rubber. Beware of tracks that contain recycled material
    • Consider Tread Pattern: Not all tread patterns are treated equal. Look for a straight bar tread pattern since it is designed to increase traction, decrease tearing and provide even ground pressure in muddy or sandy soils. This is the most reliable tread pattern for a rubber track crawler carrier.

    If you have determined you are in the market for new rubber tracks for your Terramac®, Morooka or IHI crawler carrier, Rig Source has inventory ready to ship. Call us today for a quote at 630-365-1649. You won’t be disappointed; our friendly and dependable staff will save you money and get you the equipment you need to get the job done on time! In addition to parts and service Rig Source has a wide variety of Rubber track crawler carriers for rent or for sale. We look forward to working with you to make your business a success!

  5. Out with the Old and In With the New Terramac® RT9

    January 3, 2014

    Get your company into a new Terramac® RT9 crawler carrier and start 2014 off right! Some things in life you can get away with keeping for decades, and others require the occasional update or even upgrade. For me, I can’t go wrong continuing to use my grandmother’s cookie tins, but I can’t honestly imagine still having to use my original PC from the 1990’s to write.

    So what determines which items can stand the test of time and which ones require replacements? I think it all comes down to technology. Equipment such as crawler carriers utilize a great deal of technology, and like everything else technical, advances and changes happen so rapidly it becomes pertinent to keep up.  If you don’t you will find yourself on a downward spiral where you will fall far below that of your competitors.

    Below I’ve provided you with a side by side comparison of your old crawler carrier next to your new Terramac® RT9.

    Old vs New Terramac® RT9 crawler carrier comparison chart

    Don’t give your competitor’s the opportunity to pass you by while you deal with your old crawler carrier. Get into the new Terramac® RT9 you eyed all last year, and reap the benefits.  


  6. Top 5 Reasons Rubber Tracked Rental Units Are Perfect for Seasonal Work

    December 19, 2013

    Rubber tracked rental units are favorable for seasonal work because they are really your only defense against the wrath of Mother Nature and her shifting weather patterns. If growing up in Chicago has taught me anything, it is to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather. Our weather changes dramatically per season and often times even within a single season. It’s nearly impossible to select a single pair of shoes to carry you through the multiple seasons let alone a single piece of equipment capable of keeping your business moving forward.

    Don’t create your own restrictions! Instead, read the list below and discover the Top 5 reasons rubber tracked rental units are perfect for seasonal work.

    1. Customized Per Job Selecting a rubber tracked rental unit allows your to change the type of equipment on an as need basis. If and when the weather changes so do your needs and a rental unit will allow you to follow suit.Snow covered Terramac
    2. Not as Much Cash out Lay You don’t have a lot of money wrapped into a single unit at any given time. You only need to spend money when you know for certain the unit is being used.
    3. Not a Lot of Commitment If something unexpected occurs on the jobsite you can take a rubber tracked rental unit off of rent, but you can’t always turn around and sell a piece of equipment that you have purchased.
    4. Minimal Repair When renting, maintenance and repair of your rubber tracked unit is minimized to routine or wear and tear items. Any repairs above and beyond that are typically covered by the equipment rental company. In some cases, when a rental unit breaks down, companies like Rig Source will swap out any broken down units and replace it with a fully functioning one so there is no loss of down time.
    5. Tax Advantages Certain tax advantages exist for businesses that choose to rent equipment, and allow for monthly rental payments to be expensed as a reduction in income. In turn, may lower a business’s tax burden. (Please consult your tax advisor prior to renting equipment to make sure that you qualify).

    Seasonal work definitely has its obstacles and a key component to overcoming them is to remain flexible. Tis the season for snow in Chicago right now, but it won’t be long until the April showers are upon us. Be sure to plan ahead and turn to rubber tracked rental units that prove to be perfect for seasonal work.

  7. Did You Know Your Crawler Carriers “Address” is Always Changing?

    November 22, 2013

    Aerial view of Rig Source Inc.Recently the thought crossed my mind that someday my great grandchildren might be shocked to know we all had street addresses to identify where we live. Modern day GPS (global positioning system) allows a common person the ability to locate any coordinate on earth with minimal effort and you’re guaranteed to have no two the same. Is the future “address” of everyone’s home or business destined to be a GPS coordinate?

    While we have no control over our future address system we do have control in knowing where we are at any given time by checking our smartphones or GPS tracking devices. Similarly, this modern technology has given fleet managers control of locating their rental equipment and gathering important information.

    Picture this, you send your crew to a new job site and upon arrival two of the crawler carrier rentals scheduled to be used on the job aren’t there. At first, panic sets in, but then you realize all you need to do is log into your GPS tracking account via a web portal or mobile app to locate the exact coordinates of these crawler carrier rentals. This saves you and your company time and money.

    Most GPS service providers that supply these devices on crawler carriers can report a variety of critical information. Some of these reports can include exact location of crawler carriers, time operating under load, and overall performance. The ability to access information such as hours in operation allows technicians and maintenance crew to schedule upcoming service and ensure the parts needed are available. Performance reports help fleet managers determine the most cost-effective way to operate their rental fleet as well as plan for future rental equipment additions. Not only do these features help you, but it brings a new level of credibility to your company when new rental customers are looking for a dependable organization to do business with.

    Having all of this real-time data at your fingertips 24/7 is a value that’s hard to put a price on. The era of GPS is already changing the way society does business for fleet management so it only seems fair to believe that it’s a matter of time before things like our addresses start following suit. Why not test it out and see just how near or far this change may be? Next time someone asks you for your address go ahead and give them your GPS coordinates instead to see what kind of reaction you get!


  8. 2 Terramac RT9 Crawler Carriers Added to Shafer Equipment Fleet

    January 9, 2013

    CLENDENIN, WV – Terramac, LLC announced recently that Shafer Equipment, LLC added 2 Terramac RT9 crawler carriers to their rental equipment fleet.

    Shafer buys Terramac carriersThe two RT9 rubber track carriers have mounted dump beds, but units have the availability for a separate undercarriage option which allows OEMs or contractors to mount their own equipment (flat beds, dump beds, digger derricks, tack units,  water tanks, cranes, scissor lifts and more).

    President of Shafer Equipment, Jim Shafer, has over 40 years’ experience with sales and rentals of pipeline construction equipment, within the utility pipeline industry.

    Shafer's RT9 Crawler Carriers Loaded On a Truck

    For more  information about Terramac tracked dumpers, give us a call at 630-365-1649.

  9. Equipment World Features New Terramac Product Line

    November 13, 2012

    Equipment World Logo: Company Featuring TerramacEquipment World featured Rig Source’s introduction of the new Terramac product line in their most recent e-newsletter.  Details of the “new product release” include information about the Terramac RT9 crawler carrier specifications, uses and features. Equipment World is a trade publication within the construction industry, serving the heavy, highway and bridge construction, aggregates producing, landscaping and used equipment markets.  Readers are supplied with updates within the industry concerning work assessments, inventory shortages, environmental pressures, machinery options, and more. For more information on the Terramac RT9 rubber track carrier, please give us a call at 630-365-1649. Rig Source offers new and used crawler carrier solutions, either for sale or for rent; and can find a solution to fit your needs.

  10. Rig Source Partners with UCO Equipment

    November 7, 2012

    UCO Equipment Logo: Partners with Rig Source As First Terramac Dealer in North AmericaRig Source Inc. is very proud to partner with UCO Equipment as the first Terramac dealer in North America. UCO Equipment, headquartered in Cabot, Arkansas, is a certified WBENC, woman owned and operated company. They are fully equipped for custom fabrication, offer hydraulic parts and services, and maintain a large rental fleet of crawler carriers as well.Terramac RT9 Unit Distributed by Rig Source UCO Equipment provides specialty equipment and services to the Energy, Oil & Gas, Construction, Government and Agriculture industries. To learn more about UCO Equipment, visit their website at www.ucoequipment.com.

  11. Job Openings in Elburn, IL at Rig Source!

    June 6, 2012

    Thanks to the introduction of Terramac’s RT9 crawler carrier product, Rig Source has job openings in their Elburn, Illinois offices.

    What does Rig Source do? Rig Source sells and rents a variety of new and used drilling equipment to customers around the world.  We carry new and used drilling rigs from manufactures like: Atlas Copco, Boart Longyear, Geoprobe, Diedrich, CME and more.  We also rent and sell crawler carriers by Terramac, IHI and Morooka.  In addition we have a service department that can also refurbish or custom mount the machines we sell. We also have a full parts department.

    What’s it like to work at Rig Source? Maybe we’re a bit bias, but we think Rig Source is a really fun place to work!  Our employees constantly tell us they love working at Rig Source and many have been with us for years.  Rig Source has an energetic culture and values those with an entrepreneurial spirit.  We are looking for people who want to grow with us as we embark on an exciting new chapter of the company with the introduction of our new product, the Terramac RT9 rubber track crawler carrier.

    At the time of publishing this post we have these job openings:

    • Heavy Equipment Shop Manager
    • Experienced Heavy Equipment Sales Representative
    • Sales Assistant

    To view the full job descriptions and apply to open positions at Rig Source, please visit our careers page.