1. Gear Up Drillers – The 2015 NDA Convention Is Here

    September 10, 2015

    Pack your bags for this year’s NDA Convention, and stay on the forefront of geotechnical, environmental & mineral exploration drilling methodology and technology.

    2015 NDA Convention

    2015 NDA Convention – September 17-18

    The National Drilling Association Convention is an annual event hosted by the NDA and sponsored by its members and affiliates of the drilling industry. This convention has been noted for providing excellent networking opportunities within the industry, and provides ample educational opportunities for businesses to learn how to best service their customers. As long time members of the NDA, Rig Source continues to support their annual convention, and highly recommends those in the industry take part. Location: Turf Valley, Ellicott City, MD.

    Rig Source’s Contribution

    As a drill rig sales, rental and service center for the geotechnical and environmental drilling industries, Rig Source will be exhibiting at the NDA Convention, and would love to see you at our booth. If you’re an existing customer, stop by and share your latest drilling story with us. We enjoy hearing about the work our drilling rigs have mastered since leaving our shop, and how they have benefitted you as a driller. Additionally, if you’re new to the industry, be sure to drop in and introduce yourself. We welcome all new industry members and look forward to sharing our services with you. During the convention, owners, Mike & Lisa Crimaldi will be available to discuss drilling rig options with you, and offer creative equipment solutions for your specific drilling projects.

    Special Recognition

    Rig Source would also like to make special mention that two of our long time customers, Chuck Valenta of Terracon and Dan Dunn of Major Drilling America, Inc. will be conducting a transformative safety panel discussion during the convention. Topics will include accidents, safety and solutions to help prevent drilling related accidents from occurring. These two gentlemen are experts in the geotechnical and environmental drilling industry so you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to gather some of their tricks of the trade.

    For more information on Rig Source or our NDA Convention Sponsorship, please give us a call at 630.365.1649.

     



  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. 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…)



  5. Rental Options to Suit You

    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. We have a variety of rental crawler carriers and support equipment available for rent for those special project needs. These include water tanks, welding units, flatbeds, and more.

    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 unique rental item required 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 special project rentals that fit their exact needs.

    Other customized rental options we’ve completed include: personnel carriers, hydroseeders, rock beds, vacuum excavator and much more. Give us a call today at 630.365.1649 with your unique project needs, or visit our rental crawler carrier’s page to view some already customized carrier units!

    Depend on Rig Source for your specialty equipment rental options.



  6. 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!



  7. 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!



  8. Which Drill Rig Will You Find At The 2014 NDA Convention?

    October 8, 2014

    Rig Source is thrilled to be returning to the National Drilling Association Convention (NDA) this year, and is eager to share their latest innovative drill rig with geotechnical drillers devoted to the industry.

    Rig Source has been a member of the NDA for over ten years, and the close ties date back even further to when Rig Source owner, Lisa Crimaldi was once the NDA’s president. “Each year we to strive to attend the convention and bring with us the most up to date drilling equipment,” says Lisa. Although, Rig Source was unable to attend the event last year, it is expected that this year’s display will be one to remember.

    As an equipment sales and rental center focused on serving the geotechnical and environmental industries, Rig Source is always on the forefront of new or enhanced equipment. That is why this year Rig source will be bringing a Diedrich D-90 drill mounted to a Terramac® crawler carrier to the NDA Convention. The combined power of the highly notable Diedrich brand drill and the extreme versatility of Terramac® crawler carriers are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

    Whether you’re in the mood to purchase, rent or just looking to get acquainted with the geotechnical drilling industry, stopping by Rig Source’s booth to see the NEW Terramac® RT9 with Diedrich D-90 drill is a must. During the show, Director of Sales, Matt Slater and Sales Representative, Jesse Whittaker will be available to answer any and all questions regarding the unit.diedrich d90 on terramac crawler carrier

    NDA Convention Information

    October 9-10, 2014

    Great Wolf Lodge
    2501 Great Wolf Drive
    Mason, OH 45040

    If ever in need for geotechnical drill rigs, contact Rig Source at 630.365.1649 where we will provide you with the fast and efficient sales and rental services you need and deserve.



  9. Rig Source Inc: How Maggie Daley Park Is Being Transformed

    October 6, 2014

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    Maggie Daley Park Transformation

    What started as basic roof repairs to the East Monroe Street Marketing Garage in 2012 grew into an opportunity to renovate three areas of Grant Park to create the Maggie Daley Park, an area that will be composed of the Daley Bicentennial Plaza, the Cancer Survivors Garden, and Peanut Park.

    With this new initiative, the Chicago Park District has been working to make these three areas of the park more cohesive while also improving Grant Park’s sustainability- not to mention many new uniquely entertaining features, such as rock-climbing sculptures, an ice-skating ribbon, a play garden, a field house, and plenty of open lawn space for events and picnics.

    All these upgrades don’t happen overnight, of course. Maggie Daley Park is scheduled to open to the public in fall of 2014 after two years of intense construction. The first phase of the project alone included moving 209,000 cubic yards of soil and 800 trees to Peanut Park temporarily so that the East Monroe Street Garage parking deck could be renovated and waterproofed- a giant project in itself, considering that the parking garage is nearly 1.5 million square feet.

    In phase two, which started in late fall of 2013, a local Chicago construction company began working on creating drainage layers by using polystyrene geofoam to create hills and landscapes. Since geofoam is around 100 times lighter than soil, it doesn’t add excessive weight to the parking structure underneath.

    After that, the topsoil and trees are moved back from Peanut Park and added over the geofoam using multi-purpose crawler carriers, which can easily traverse the geofoam without leaving permanent impressions. An extra 700 trees will be planted in Maggie Daley Park as well.

    While construction slowed down during winter, the park is still on track for a fall opening that will include the ice skating ribbon and the climbing wall. The final total cost for the Maggie Daley Park renovations will be $60 million, which includes things like landscape architecture, construction and machine rentals, and more. In the end, Chicago’s newest public park will be a cohesive presence in a prime area between the lakefront and down town in which Chicagoans and tourists alike can enjoy a wide variety of unique activities and experiences. Who’s ready to go play?



  10. Energy East Expected to Boost Pipeline Jobs & Equipment Demand

    September 30, 2014

    The Keystone XL has yet to be approved by the US, but that’s not stopping Canada from moving forward with its latest plan to expand the oil grid with the Energy East pipeline.

    The approval of the Energy East pipeline is expected to trigger approximately 10,000 full-time jobs in the pipeline industry between now and 2018 according to a Deloitte report released by TransCanada. Along with the expected surge in jobs, it is believed by Rig Source. Owner, Mike Crimaldi there will likely be an increased need for crawler carriers and pipeline equipment. Additional laborers won’t do much good if they don’t have the necessary equipment for them to do their jobs. (more…)



  11. 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.



  12. 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.