1. Just How Many Synonyms Are There for Rubber Track Crawler Carriers?

    November 15, 2013

    Terramac®, RT9 carrier, Morooka, Morooka Buggy, IHI, and tracked carrier are all terms we commonly associate to mean the same thing, Rubber Track Crawler Carriers. If I had to define a rubber track crawler carrier, I would describe it an off road utility vehicle with continuous tracks, specifically made of rubber. I give my own definition because the term has never actually been defined in the dictionary; which is somewhat of an astonishing concept. We’ve clearly branded this specific type of vehicle, use it daily on job sites, and have even come up with shortened, unofficial names for them, but have never given them a definition.

    crawler carrier timelineThe creation of these rubber track crawler carriers has an extensive history filled with multiple transformations over the years, beginning with the continuous track itself. The actual originator of the continuous tracks is difficult to designate because there is a long line of patents dating back as far as 1770. The concept of continuous tracks caught the attention of inventors worldwide and each would adjust, tweak, and patent their own unique track laying mechanisms. One of particular interest to me was James B. Hill and his patented term, “apron traction” because he was working in Bowling Green, Ohio, home of my own Alma Mater at the time of his patent creation.

    While a great deal of groundwork was laid by these inventors in previous centuries, none truly resemble the modern tracked carriers we use today. General use of these crawler carriers took off in the 20th century with increased use in agricultural, construction, and the military. At this time, most continuous tracks were made from steel, and all three industries learned that the large surface areas of the tracks allowed for a greater distribution of weight, making these vehicles less likely to get stuck in adverse ground conditions. Rubber tracks were finally introduced in 1913 when inventor, Adolphe Kègresse constructed and patented them. He discovered the rubber track to be lighter causing less environmental damage. Additionally, they were quieter and stronger which proved crucial for military combat situations.

    Currently, companies like Rig Source Inc. rent and sell these rubber tracked crawler carrier units to construction, utility, and pipeline companies that work directly on job sites. These particular industries use them for many of the same uses as in the 1900’s such as low ground pressure, ability to operate in rough terrain, and ability to carry heavy loads. Recently, Rig Source added a new line of crawler carriers manufactured by Terramac® LLC. Rig Source was introduced to the RT9 unit which is quickly becoming the most innovative rubber tracked crawler carrier on the market for its versatility in attachment features.

    So how after all these years has the rubber tracked crawler carrier escaped a dictionary definition? It’s obvious from the long line of historical data that these vehicles are of great importance, regularly receiving technological advancements, and making a known impact in society; so why not give them the official recognition deserved by a definition?

  2. 3 Tips to Avoid a Headache When Renting a Crawler Carrier

    November 6, 2013

    There are a limited number of options available for those looking to rent crawler carriers. It’s a niche market and most rental companies simply don’t carry the various types of crawler carrier units. Likewise, when you do find those few companies that offer what you need, prices can be high and quality is always a questionable issue. So take a moment to read these tips on how to select the right rental crawler carrier before diving in.

    1. Factor in price, availability, and distance. When calling around in search of a rental crawler carrier, be sure to ask these three things. Each has potential to play into one another, and it is always helpful to play out the different scenarios before making a selection. Simple differences such as short or long term rentals and distance can quickly raise or lower your overall rental costs. All three of these factors will fluctuate depending on your need, but just be sure to ask these pertinent questions. Better to educate yourself early on so you can avoid those shocking discoveries later.
    2. Look for excellent customer service. Every rental agency is going to offer varying levels of customer service, and probably has a reputation for it. Find out what that reputation might be and what technical service is offered in the case a breakdown ocurrs before committing. Completing a simple Google search will usually bring up the good, bad, and the ugly about any company so be sure to utilize the resources you have. Additionally, if your rental unit breaks down, how quickly will the provider offer you support and assistance. Break down time costs you money, and an excellent rental agency will recognize that, and work to have you up and running quickly.
    3. Lastly, don’t be “that” company. Often times while renting, and this goes for more than just crawler carriers, but users don’t report mistakes or accidents.  Fear of huge repair fees will deter them from making the reports even the most respectful know they should. Reporting is huge for a rental agency because it allows us to identify the problem in order to fix it accurately and in a timely fashion. If not for you, but for the next guy. Damage and accidents are bound to occur with rental equipment and most rental agencies are aware of this. Be honest and put in the effort to build a relationship with the rental agency of choice. It’s a well-known fact that long lasting and honest customers can reap some of the best benefits, such as better rates, more flexibility, and even customized plans.

    Chances are if you’re in the market for a rental crawler carrier you have a job to do, a deadline to make, a boss to please, and the added stress of having to hunt down the equipment to use. Variety of crawler carriers lined upDon’t let all of the above get the best of you. Follow these three tips and you will find this task doesn’t need to be so daunting. To get started on your rental crawler carrier search, call Rig Source Inc. today at 630.365.1649 or view our online rental showroom. We are a one stop shop for your rental equipment needs, and offer high quality rental equipment at reasonable prices and more!

  3. 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!

  4. New Geoprobe® Video

    August 23, 2013

    Rig Source captured some excellent footage of the 2013 Geoprobe® 7822DT.

    Watch as mechanic, Chris West towers up this Geoprobe® unit, lowers the auger, and demonstrates the winch moving up and down. Anyone in the geotechnical or environmental field will appreciate knowing Rig Source has added two more of these Geoprobe® 7822DT’s to their rental fleet in addition to the Geoprobe®6712DT units that were previously available. As always, used Geoprobe® units are also available for purchase through Rig Source.

    For Geoprobe® purchase or rental information, call Rig Source today 630.365.1649.

  5. Must Have Diedrich D-50 Rental Unit

    June 28, 2013
    Refurbishment is complete on Rig Source Inc.’s latest Diedrich D-50, and it is now in our rental fleet.  The 1997 Diedrich D-50 rental drill rig is mounted on a 1992 Morooka, MST-1100, and includes various upgrades.
    Diedrich D-50 Rental Unit Upgrades Include:Diedrich D-50 Rental Unit
    • Brand new John Deere Engine
    • Auto Hammer
    • Moyno Pump
    • Breakout Wrench
    • Breakout Table
    • 800lb. Wireline Winch
    • Slide Base
    • Transmission
    • Clutch
    • Rebuilt Rotary Box
    With the extensive array of features and upgrades it is expected that this Diedrich D-50 rental drill rig will be a “must have” for those in the geotechnical field. For more information on renting our newly refurbished D-50 rental or various other geotechnical and environmental drill rigs for rent, please call 630-365-1649!

  6. Get to Know the Terramac RT9

    June 19, 2013

    Terramac RT9 sales representatives will be exhibiting at the 59th Annual International Education Conference hosted by the International Right of Way Association.  Tmac with booth # -June 23-26, 2013- Stop by Booth # 110 of the Charleston Civic Center located in Charleston, WV and learn how the most innovative rubber track carrier can be customized to fit your needs. If you don’t get the opportunity to make it out and you would still like to learn more about the Terramac RT9, please give us a call (630)365-1649.

  7. Self-Propelled Diedrich D50 Skid Rig Added to Rental Fleet

    March 21, 2013

    Rig Source has just completed the newest addition to its rental fleet, a low clearance, skid mounted Diedrich D50 Skid Rig that can run on either gas or propane for working indoors. The unit also features hydraulic actuated wheels that allow for easy mobility. In addition to these features, the Diedrich auger drill has a cable pull down feed system to allow for drilling in low clearance areas, as well as a cathead, 3L6 Moyno water pump, main winch and tool winch! If your client is looking for a unit to get in those tight areas, we have a solution for you, so please call for rental details! Click on the above video to check out the You Tube video of this Diedrich D50 Skid Rig in action! Rig Source also offers great rental rates on a weekly or monthly rate, depending on your specific needs. For rental drill rig listings, browse our Online Rental Showroom or call today for pricing and availability 630.365.1649.

  8. J-Wood Contracting Utilizes Terramac RT9 Rental Crawler Carrier

    February 28, 2013

    J-Wood Contracting is using a Terramac RT9 rental crawler carrier from Shafer Equipment in Clendenin, WV, on a ROW pipeline project. Shafer Equipment's Terramac RT9 Rental Crawler Carrier

    J-Wood Contracting located in Elkview, WV, is using a Terramac RT9 rental crawler carrier with a dump bed mount for a pipeline right of way clearing project. They are able to transport sandbags and skids to areas that normally wouldn’t be accessible by wheeled vehicle.  J-Wood Contracting, LLC was formed in 2004 to provide pipeline construction services to the natural gas industry. Since their inception 9 years ago,   J-Wood has installed over 120 miles of pipe ranging from 1-inch plastic to 20-inch steel.

    To learn more about the Terramac RT9 rental crawler carrier or to learn about other customizable attachments, call 630-365-1649.

  9. Terramac RT9 Crawler Carrier Hits Top 100 New Products List in 2012

    December 26, 2012

    As selected by Construction Equipment in the December 2012 issue, the Terramac RT9 has shown to be favorable within the in Top 100 “New Products” (p.26). The Terramac RT9 rubber track crawler carrier shows its “innovation” through its unprecedented degree of options and increased versatility. Construction Equipment Top 100 Cover Featuring Terramac RT9 Crawler CarrierTerramac RT9 Crawler Carrier with Text Snippet from Article Find out more about Terramac RT9 crawler carriers for sale or for rent, contact Rig Source at 630-365-1649 or email us.

  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. Crawler Carrier Rentals Available – In Stock!

    September 18, 2012
    Crawler Carrier Rentals Lined Up and AvailableCrawler Carrier rentals in stock and ready to go!

    Terramac RT9 rubber track crawler carrier units available for rent or sale! Morooka MST-800VD, Morooka MST-1500VD, Morooka MST-2200VD and IHI IC-100 carriers in stock, with dump beds or flatbeds!  Contact us today to reserve your crawler carrier rentals and get a shipping quote to your office or jobsite. Looking to purchase a unit? Let us know if you are looking for new or used units, we have both in stock!!! For more information, call 630-365-1649 or email us.

  12. Diedrich Auger Drill Rig Rentals

    August 27, 2012
    Did you know that Rig Source has Diedrich auger drill rig rentals?


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    Both the Diedrich D-50 and D-120 drill rigs are popular units. These track-mounted drills are great for those “hard to reach” drilling projects. Need a crawler carrier? Discover the new Terramac RT9 Crawler Carrier. It’s perfect for mounting drills or other equipment. Get more information about Diedrich auger drill rig rentals, availability and pricing by calling 630-365-1649 or emailing info@rigsourceinc.com.