1. Crawler Carrier Uses Broken Down by Region & State Continued – Part 3

    October 30, 2015

    Welcome back to part three of our series covering the use of crawler carriers across various regions of the US. Click on the links provided to catch up on the Western Regions or Mid Regions of the US. Otherwise, read on and enjoy learning about crawler carrier usage along the Eastern regions of the US.

    Travel the Eastern Regions of the US on Tracks

    New England Region – Encompassing the states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont.

    • New England is one of the most historic regions of United States, and with that comes an older infrastructure requiring a great deal of maintenance and repair. Crawler carriers benefit the New England region by providing the local industries with reliable equipment capable of adapting to the various seasons and infrastructure needs such as pipeline repair, environmental restoration, and utility maintenance. The most commonly sought after crawler carrier attachments for this region are standard dump beds, tac welders, water tanks, pipe heating units and more.

    Mid-Atlantic Region – Encompassing the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey & New York.

    • The Mid-Atlantic Region is truly the heart of pipeline work for the Unites States because it contains the Marcellus and Bakken Shales. The Marcellus Shale is the largest source of natural gas in the United States so it is no wonder that crawler carrier usage is at its highest rate for the country in this region. Crawler carriers are used in every step of the pipeline process; beginning with utility locating and finishing up with land restoration. Top attachments used for crawler carriers across the entire Mid-Atlantic Region include, vacuum excavators, water tanks, cranes, tac welders, personnel carriers, compressors, hydroseeders, bark blowers and straw blowers.

    South-Atlantic Region – Encompassing the states of Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina & South Carolina.

    • The South-Atlantic Region is a hot spot for a multitude of industries, and crawler carriers are used routinely due to their versatility across a wide variety of terrain conditions. This region includes the Appalachian Mountains and is also home of the Coastal Plaines. The Proximity to the Mid-Atlantic Region means pipelines are still among the top local industries to depend on crawler carriers, but the units are also being used for earth moving and excavation projects which require attachments such as hydroseeders, bark blowers, straw blowers and rock beds. As you travel into Virginia, the use of crawler carriers is also increasing for the utility market.

    Southeast Region – Encompassing the states of Georgia & Florida.

    • Surrounded largely by water from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the Southeast Region has found crawler carrier use a key tool for shoreline restoration as well as land reclamation. This is a tourist region so using low impact equipment like carriers that have low ground pressure assist both Georgia and Florida in preserving their environments for visitors. Pipeline projects such as the Sabal Trail Transmission are also expected to increased crawler carrier usage once the project commences in 2016. The last prominent use of crawler carriers for mention in the Southeast Region has been in utilities. Digger derricks and boom lift attachments are being mounted to the rear of crawler carriers more and more which is allowing easier accessibility to utility pole installation sites.
    Regional Wrap Up

    Crawler carrier usage among all regions in the United States has been on a tremendous upward growth pattern in recent years as more and more as technological advancements to crawler carriers have been introduced. Each new advancement has made work in these trade industries that much easier and safer than ever before. The adaptability of crawler carriers to hold various specialty attachments, and interchange them with ease also enhances productivity for employers by providing their workers with all the tools necessary, even in remote locations to continue working. There isn’t an industry out there that couldn’t benefit from crawler carriers, and as future uses come about and new attachments are developed – you can count on Rig Source to keep you informed and your fleet stocked!

    *Common Crawler Carrier Attachments Mentioned Throughout the Series: Standard Dump/Flat Bed, Dust Suppression Spray Boom, Fuel Tank, Rock Bed, Tac Welder, Personnel Carrier, Pipe Heating Unit, Compressor, Bark Blower, Hydroseeder, Water Tank, Knuckle Boom Crane, Geotechnical Drills and Straw Blowers.



  2. Crawler Carrier Uses Broken Down by Region & State Continued – Part 2

    August 17, 2015

    This is part two of a three part series that takes a look at crawler carrier usage across the different regions of the US. Click on the link to catch up on our previous post which covered crawler carriers in the Western regions of the US.

    Travel the Mid Regions of the US on Tracks

    The Great Plains Region – Encompassing the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky & Tennessee.

    • Within this region, the three states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska which hold the Bakken Shale have extremely high crawler carrier usage rates. These states are expanding rapidly in the oil and gas market, and crawler carriers have been the all-in-one piece of heavy equipment capable of adapting to the multitude of jobs required for pipeline work. The remaining Midwestern states have also found various uses for crawler carrier’s rubber tracked technology, but among a broader group of industries, and are used more so for niche jobs when inclement weather hinders work sites. Industries have included mine reclamation, utility, general construction and excavation as well as pipeline work. Due to the variety of industry demands, this region uses one of the widest arrays of specialized crawler carrier attachments such as tac welders, personnel carriers, water tanks, cranes, spray booms, hydroseeders and standard dump beds.

    Southern Plains – Encompassing the states of Oklahoma & Kansas.

    • This region is best known as “Tornado Alley,” and has seasonal climates which make predicting and planning for outdoor work a struggle. Pipeline work is in full force in the Southern Plaines and therefore much like the Western regions becomes the most prevalent industry for crawler carrier use. Rubber track technology allows carriers to continue working even when the terrain is not in its best condition. Pipeline attachment features used in this area include welders, personnel carriers, and even standard dumps. While pipeline is the primary usage, states such as Kansas have found crawler carriers useful for the utility market for the installation of utility poles.

    Gulf Coast Region – Encompassing the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana & Texas.

    • Swampy, humid and wet conditions frequently noticed in the Gulf Coast region require the use of crawler carriers on a regular basis. This is a primary region for the Unites States oil and gas extraction so pipeline distribution is a major focus. Among the states included in the Gulf there is a high volume of crawler carriers being used for pipeline installation and maintenance as well as services assisting pipeline work such as potholing with track mounted vacuum excavators.

    For more information on crawler carriers in the Mid Regions of the US, give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649. Otherwise, stay tuned and follow the Rig Source news feed for part three, crawler carriers in the Eastern Region.



  3. Crawler Carrier Uses Broken Down by Region & State

    July 27, 2015

    Crawler carriers are making an impact among numerous industries across the United States, and their efficacy is being unraveled daily. Their impacts along with increased market exposure highlighting the benefits and value associated with crawler carriers are triggering increased popularity and demand at a fast pace. To top off the craze, new technological advancements in crawler carriers, and the introduction of a North American made unit – The Terramac® RT9, only increase the hype.

    As a dealer for top brand name Terramac® crawler carriers, and a well reputed used sales, rental and service provider of all brand name crawler carriers such as Morooka, IHI and Komatsu, we’ve analyzed our own crawler carrier sales and rental usage to give you a breakdown on exactly which industries are gaining the most from crawler carriers and sorted the data by region to demonstrate how various regions of the US differ with their crawler carrier use. Follow us in a three part journey as we travel the US on Tracks!

    Travel the Western Regions of the US on Tracks

    Northwest Region – Encompassing the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah & Colorado.

    • The Northwest region is often divided in two sub regions due to the Cascade Mountain Range. Within this division, it is noted that the far west states of Washington and Oregon find crawler carrier use a popular choice for dealing with the mountainous and often times wet terrain. This area is a hotspot for growing oil and gas pipelines since it is in close proximity to Canadian Shales as well as the Bakken. On the East side of the Cascades, pipeline work also plays a hefty role in crawler carrier usage, but crawler carriers are also being used frequently for mine reclamation and tailings pond maintenance. Common crawler carrier attachments found in the Northwest region include convertible dump/flat beds, personnel carriers, tac welders and dust suppression spray booms. Other industry uses in this region have included damn restoration and geotechnical drilling.

    Southwest Region – Encompassing the states of California, Nevada, Arizona & New Mexico.

    • States in this region are recognized for high copper production, and have both active and residual mines to show for it. Similar to the Northwest region, Mine Reclamation is in its prime as new environmental laws go into effect to protect the environment, and with that comes the increase demand for crawler carriers. Among the Southwest region, crawler carriers utilized for dust suppression on tailings ponds have taken the lead for usage in the region. California has also seen an increase of crawler carrier usage for exploration drilling, and due to the sandy conditions of the desert in this region they have become attractive to those in the utility market for their unstoppable rubber tracked technology. Common attachments found in the utility market include digger derricks, aerial devices and fifth wheel hitches in addition to the standard flat and dump beds.

    Island Region – Encompassing the state of Hawaii

    • The only state not attached to continental North America, Hawaii has less frequent crawler carrier use than the other states, but is a likely candidate for land excavation and reclamation, utilities and shoreline restoration. Hawaii is home to some of the world’s best beaches, varying altitudes and lavish rainforests. The use of rubber tracked equipment is ideal for sensitive terrain such as this to minimize environmental damage.

    That wraps up crawler carrier usage in the Western regions of the US so stay tuned and follow Rig Source’s news feed for the remaining Mid region and Eastern region updates.



  4. How to Find Mineral Rights

    May 4, 2015
    If You Strike Oil, Is It Yours? Mineral Rights Explained

    How to find out who owns the mineral rights on land that you own, or land you’re looking to buy.

    You may have struck oil, but do you have the rights to it? In most countries, mineral resources belong to the government; however, in the United States, ownership of underground minerals was originally granted to land owners.

    How to find out if the mineral rights have been severed from your surface rights.

    Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that- in fact, this creates a unique situation, in which ‘surface rights’ and ‘mineral rights’ can be sold separately. Surface rights are the rights to farm or build on the property, while mineral rights are the rights to use a property for the minerals it harbors, such as oil drilling, gas, gold, silver, and any other underground deposits. When surface rights and mineral rights are sold together, it’s called ‘fee simple.’

    So when you buy property, how do you know if you’re purchasing both the surface rights and the mineral rights, or if the mineral rights to your land have already been sold? (more…)



  5. 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.



  6. 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.

     



  7. 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.

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  8. 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.



  9. Limited Time Rental Deal

    June 10, 2014

    You’ll never fail getting your crawler carrier rentals from Rig Source, especially if you call and make your reservations now. We have an extensive fleet of crawler carrier rentals available, BUT they are slipping away fast. As spring weather came around so did many new job opportunities for various industries, including pipelines and general construction. Between these two industries alone, customers have found numerous ways to use these multifunctional units, and the flexibility and cost savings of a rental have been extremely beneficial.

    Available Crawler Carrier Rentals Include:

    Morooka MST-800VD

    Terramac® RT9

    Crawler Carrier with Crane

    Morooka MST-1500VD

    IHI IC-45

    Crawler Carrier with Personnel Carrier

    Morooka MST-2200VD

    IHI IC-100

    Crawler Carrier with VacMaster

    How to Grab Hold of the Deals

    At Rig Source, we carry all the brand name crawler carrier rentals you need, and offer outstanding customer service and equipment support to go with it. Just by calling and mentioning this blog you are automatically eligible for 5% off your next crawler carrier rental*. Along with this, you still receive our competitive rental rates that provide the flexibility of weekly or monthly rental terms that work best with your needs and schedule. It is and always will be our goal to get our customers the support they need by providing them with only the best in crawler carrier rentals so get the experience and price you deserve on crawler carrier rentals by calling Rig Source today at 630.365.1649.

    *Offer valid to all customers for July’s rental rate. Must mention this deal to have discount applied.



  10. Rig Source: Drilling Support One Decade Later

    May 22, 2014
    Rig Source Inc. celebrates 10 years of providing service and support to drilling contractors and crawler carrier users worldwide.

    10 Year Anniversary for Drilling Support ServicesTo say the least, it has been a wild ride as Rig Source progressed from a small drilling support company to becoming the international sales, rental and drilling support center many of you know today. The immeasurable amount of success that has come from, and continues to come from Rig Source has surprised even the owners, Mike and Lisa Crimaldi.

    Dedication Delivers Rewards

    I recently had the opportunity to interview President, Mike Crimaldi on the couple’s accomplishments in the drilling industry over the last ten years, and it was truly an honor to hear his humble story. During the interview Mike had this to say,

    “I have a great deal of loyalty to the drilling industry since it was not too long ago, that I myself was a driller. I knew this company wouldn’t fail because I wouldn’t let it, but I never realized it would go global. The fact that we’ve made it ten years gives me a great sense of pride that I have been able to maintain my loyalty to the industry and fulfill my role in providing drilling support to so many remarkable drilling contractors.”

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