1. 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.



  2. Products Made from Crude Oil & Other Uses for Crude

    July 25, 2014

    Crude Oil Products Infographic

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  3. As Promised: More Rental Personnel Carriers

    July 15, 2014

    Meeting the demand for personnel carriers has had its challenges, but we did it for YOU!

    In the last few weeks, our shop team here at Rig Source has been busy preparing additional rubber tracked rental personnel carriers to meet the ever growing demand among the pipeline and environmental and geotechnical drilling industries.  Now that the work is complete, they are available, and you can reserve your rental personnel carrier any time by calling us at 630.365.1649.

    Rental Personnel Carriers Added to Fleet Include:

     

    Terramac® RT9 with Personnel Carrier Front ViewTerramac® RT9

    Personnel Carrier

    - 25 Person Capacity

    - Mid-Sized Crawler Carrier

    - Less than 4.0 psi

    IHI IC-45 Personnel CarrierIHI IC-45

    Personnel Carrier

    - 10 Person Capacity

    - Smaller-Sized Crawler Carrier

    - Less than 4.0 psi

    Why Make The Call?

    Simple, tracked rental personnel carriers are rare and have been found to be THAT helpful! It’s the most efficient method for transporting crews that has proven benefits such as the ability to transport everyone in one trip, increased cab safety, available storage space for tooling, and is even considered environmentally friendly thanks to the low ground pressure of rubber tracked crawler carriers.

    Getting your rental personnel carrier from Rig Source has benefits within itself as well. We have a solid reputation for providing our customers with the nothing short of the best in customer service. We offer competitive weekly or monthly rental rates that will fit into your schedule, and shop teams to ensure the units arrive and remain in full working order throughout your rental term.

    Browse Our Site for More

    For more detailed information regarding each of these new rental personnel carriers, visit our crawler carrier rental showroom where you may view the complete web listing. Not only will you find our new rental personnel carriers, but you will also gain access to a variety of other rental crawler carriers that you may find just as useful on your next project.



  4. 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.

     



  5. 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.



  6. Rental Tracked Personnel Carriers: Hauling Your Crew to Remote Areas

    April 1, 2014

    Multiple Views of Our Rental Tracked Personnel Carriers

    Be on the forefront of your industry and allow our rental tracked personnel carriers to get your crew where the work is.

    Rig Source recently started mounting personnel carriers to our crawler carrier units, and the response was out of this world. Upon completion of our first rental tracked personnel carrier, it was immediately sent out to a local customer in the pipeline industry. Due to the rapid response this unit received, Rig Source will continue to build these units to keep up with the high demand.

    Spring Ground Conditions Won’t Slow You Down

    Our first rental tracked personnel carrier was built on a used Morooka MST800 crawler carrier, but as we grow so will the options for crawler carriers. Right now the attachment is available for immediate rental on Morooka MST800’s. We are excited to announce that these personnel carriers will soon be available on the Terramac® RT9. Both the current Morooka rental tracked personnel carrier as well as the Terramac® RT9 with personnel carrier provide unprecedented adaptability to companies looking to transport their crew safely to and from remote jobsite locations.

    Rough terrain is an issue among many industries that makes it very difficult to get equipment to isolated areas, let alone with a full team of workers to actually get the job done. This is especially concerning in the springtime. As Denzel Washington was quoted saying, “When you pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too,” and luckily our rental tracked personnel carriers can do just that. The low ground pressure that comes from rubber tracked crawler carriers allows them to travel in and out of some of the worst ground conditions.

    Hauling People, Tools and Gear Made Simple

    The personnel carrier attachment shown in these photographs is ROPS and FOPS Certified and is built to carry ten passengers. It comes complete with seat belts for all passengers and has enough space for gear as well as additional storage for tooling. There is a rear entrance for passengers with a fold up ladder that adds to its ground clearance.

    While our first rental tracked personnel carrier was leased to a pipeline company, other industries such as windmill, forestry, utility, right of way and mining have all expressed sincere interest in the unit. Don’t let the mud slow you down this spring or miss out on our new offer. Our rental coordinator is eager to get you onto our rental calendar this spring so give Rig Source a call at 630.365.1649 and get set up in our rental tracked personnel carrier.



  7. Figures Favoring the Keystone XL Pipeline & Its Impact on Crawler Carriers

    February 20, 2014

    Working for a crawler carrier sales and rental company has me drilling into some hot industry topics related to crawler carriers that I never imagined I’d take such an interest in. The Keystone XL pipeline intrigues me because our latest addition, the Terramac® RT9 crawler carrier is currently making strong impacts on pipeline work across the US. 

    The Impact Pipelines Make on Our Crawler Carrier

    One of the most relevant topics of debate in the Keystone XL pipeline that has the potential to impact the crawler carrier business is the transportation of crude oil. I say this because the pipelines are one of the Terramac® RT9 crawler carriers best uses. These crawler carriers have proven themselves to be the most versatile piece of heavy equipment on the market capable of handling every aspect of the pipeline process.

    Despite that, prior to my research, I remained fairly neutral over the preferred method of transportation of crude oil, and found the long standing debate intellectually stimulating. Some recent articles showed some fascinating comparison statistics of the various methods of crude oil transportation, specifically, the pipeline versus the railway.

    railway verses using crawler carriers and pipelines

    Pipeline VS Rail: The Shocking Statistics Encouraging Pipeline Progression

    According to Pipeline and Gas Journal, the use of pipelines has been around since the 1800’s and it is said that 70% of US crude oil transport is moved through this mode of transportation. The remaining percentages are comprised of 23% barge, 4% truck and 3% by railway. With so much of our oil being transported from the pipelines and the strong debate against the pipeline, you would guess that the majority of damage comes from them, but think again!

    When you proportionate the volume of shipments to the safety and environmental damages, less spillage incidents and personal injury actually come from the pipeline than from truck and rail combined. This is good news for businesses like ours that are selling and renting equipment that can be utilized nearly 100% of the time on a pipeline project.

    Taking a scientific approach, these statistics do make sense given the simplicity of physics in motion. Pipelines are buried below the ground where inside container remains immobile and thus forces acting upon the movement are minimal. Less movement required leaves less room for incidents to occur. Modes of transportation such as truck and rail involve more complex movement. These containers are subject to more outside forces such as being hauled over the Earth’s surface in closer proximity to people, which increases the risk of accidental damage.

    Bakken Magazine solidified the high risk of transporting crude oil by railway in their recent piece on safety recommendations made by the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) & the National Transportation Board of Canada (NTBC) for trains carrying crude oil. It claimed that new railway incidents provoked the need for increased safety recommendations to be made.

    Since, the US lacks an adequate oil transport infrastructure; the railway has been pressured into fulfilling the responsibility of transporting the surplus of oil from recent increases in production. In the last nine years, crude oil shipments by rail have increased approximately 400%, and one could only conclude damages rose proportionally. Therefore, is this really the best method when rail already takes the lead for highest number of incidents?

    Facts Are Facts

    There are times you simply can’t please everyone, and unfortunately, I believe the Keystone XL pipeline will be one of those times. The statistics support pipelines as the best way to transport crude oil, and I pride the US for allowing such a heavy debate to take place prior to making any life altering decisions. I think we’ve done a great job gathering and analyzing the facts, but now it’s time to rely on them. I’m now hoping for the Keystone Pipeline XL approval in the coming months, and want to know how many of you are too?



  8. 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.  

     



  9. 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.



  10. Get ‘Em While They’re Hot – Rental Units Available!

    October 10, 2013

    Don’t let the recent sunshine fool you. Rainy conditions are upon us so don’t wait to book your rental units today!

    Rig Source has a variety of crawler carrier rental units that will keep your company pushing forward while the weather conditions hold the other guys back. The crawler carrier is built to go where wheeled vehicles cannot, and Rig Source has a variety of sizes and brands available in their rental unit fleet. Some of the available crawler carrier makes and models are listed below:crawler-carrier-fleet

    • Morooka MST-800VD
    • IHI IC-45
    • Morooka MST-1500VD
    • IHI IC-70
    • Morooka MST-2200VD

    Rig Source will work closely with you to provide you with the best fit attachment piece for the selected crawler carrier. Custom bed configurations can include: a flatbed, dump bed, rock bed, crane and 1,400 gallon water tank. Additionally, Rig Source has tracked mounted drilling equipment available for rent like the CME-55 mounted on a TCX-850. This rental unit comes fully equipped with an auto hammer, break-out wrench, wire line winch, and Moyno pump. It is the ideal rental unit for the geotechnical and environmental driller. drill-rig-rentalsGeoprobe® direct push rental units have also been made available during this rainy season. Rig Source has the 420M, Power Packs, and 7822DT’s. These particular units are used for the geotechnical and environmental drilling industry as well and excellent options for those looking to do soil penetration testing. To lock in your rental unit with Rig Source while units are still available, call Bryan today at 630.365.1649 or check out our rental showroom!