1. Changes to Pay Attention to in 2016

    February 5, 2016

    2016 Laws Expected to Affect Customers2016 marks a big year of change for laws that have potential to affect many of our drill rig and crawler carrier customers. New laws have gone into effect, and some previous laws are set to be enforced by the end of the year. As your trusted equipment supplier we analyzed these changes to determine how they could affect you. We want our customers to be fully informed so they can continue to make the best decisions and equipment purchases for their growing business.

    Section 179 – Bonus Depreciation

    First and foremost, are you aware of the latest changes to Section 179 tax deductions for equipment purchases? While Section 179 has been available in the past, the rules have changed. This year both the House and Senate passed “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” which permanently increased Section 179 tax deduction limits to $500,000, and extended 50% bonus depreciation through 2019. Prior to this law taking place, Section 179 was temporarily approved on an annual basis. The temporary re-approvals were nice, but they didn’t provide equipment buyers adequate time to complete equipment purchase transactions in time to qualify for the deduction. Therefore, the permanency of Section 179 is ideal for our drill rig and crawler carrier customers seeking to purchase equipment now and in the years to come. The new law gives buyers the time they need to plan and forecast equipment needs, shop for the right equipment, and feel confident the Section 179 tax deduction is going to be there for them.

    Oil Export Ban Lifted

    Forty years later, the US ban on oil exports has been lifted! This is exciting for our customers within the oil and gas and pipeline industries.  It is expected that this lifted ban will expedite a higher demand for the US to grow our oil transport infrastructure, and in return open up thousands of new job opportunities for industry members. Keep in mind environmental protection is still of utmost importance while we grow the US infrastructure so it is imperative for contractors to remain conscious of environmentally friendly practices while on jobsites. Taking action by utilizing heavy equipment like crawler carriers which are known for leaving behind some of the smallest environmental footprint is one way you can help protect the ecosystem.

    Tier 4 Emissions Standards

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced Tier 4 engine emission standards back in 2004, and has allowed a phase-in period for manufacturer compliance which is largely coming to an end in 2016. The purpose of the Tier 4 engine standards by the EPA is to reduce engine emissions in an effort to comply with stricter Clean Air Act guidelines. What you need to know as an equipment consumer is equipment already utilizing Tier 4 engines also comes with a heftier price tag. Additionally, Tier 4 engines may use different fuel which increases the amount of maintenance required to uphold the equipment. To date, many equipment manufacturers have already conformed to the new Tier 4 engine standards leaving it very difficult to come across Tier 3 equipment still in production.  However, there are some manufacturers like Terramac® who are still offer offering Tier 3 models through the remainder of 2016. Therefore, if you are looking to add to your equipment fleet, 2016 may be good year to do so in order to take advantage of Tier 3 options that will soon be no longer be available.

    *This is a brief overview of the laws that have potential to affect our customers this year. For more information regarding the details of these laws, please contact your local government agency and tax advisers.

    Sources:

    1. The Section 179 Deduction. (2016, January 1). Retrieved from http://www.section179.org/
    2. Speaker Ryan Press Office. (2015, December 15). Lifting the Oil Export Ban: By the Numbers. [Blog Post]. Retrieved from http://www.speaker.gov/general/lifting-oil-export-ban-numbers
    3. Associated Equipment Distributors. (n.d). Clean Diesel Technology For Off-Road Engines and Equipment: Tier 4 and More. Retrieved from http://www.aem.org/PDF/DTF_Tier4WP_FIN.pdf


  2. Auger Drills & Direct Push Inventory on the Move

    December 9, 2015

    Change is in motion for our geotechnical and environmental drilling equipment inventory so be sure to stay in the loop by following us on social media, and take advantage of equipment opportunities as they are presented.

    In the last few weeks Rig Source has purchased a variety of auger drilling rigs as well as direct push units to support customers looking for inexpensive drilling rig options or start up rigs. Our talented buyers have years of experience finding quality used drill rigs to fit our customers varying budgets. We can easily spot the value in these used drills, and provide maintenance options with reasonable costs to bring used drills to “like new” condition. Rig Source values our customer’s time, and are honored that so many around the world have trusted us for over a decade to buy, restore and rebuild their auger drilling rigs and direct push units.

    With the current geotechnical and environmental market in full swing, our inventory of Geoprobe’s, CME’s and Diedrich drills have been moving at a rapid pace. For your convenience, we’ve begun posting equipment notifications on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google +, but always recommend giving our team a call to discuss the type of drilling rigs you’re in search of.

    Sample Auger Drill Rig & Direct Push Projects
    CME 45 Drill Rig for Sale

    CME 45 Drill Rig

    Geoprobe 66DT for Sale by Rig Source

    Geoprobe 66DT


    Auger Drill Rig & Direct Push Drills Available NOW

    Diedrich D-50 Drill Rigs for Sale

    Diedrich D-50 Drill Rig

    CME 550X Drilling Rig for Sale

    CME 550X Drill Rig

    Geoprobe 6610DT for Sale by Rig Source

    Geoprobe 6610DT

    Geoprobe 6620DT for Sale by Rig Source

    Geoprobe 6620DT

     

    To view our complete listings or peruse additional auger drills and direct push units, please visit our geotechnical and environmental drill rig showroom. Need a price? Call 630.365.1649 and ask to speak with the sales representative in your area.



  3. 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.



  4. 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.

     



  5. 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.



  6. 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.



  7. Smart Business Tactics Builds Strong Company

    July 8, 2015

    When Sherri Meiklejohn, owner of Authentic Drilling in Colorado started out in the drilling industry eleven years ago, she never would have thought she’d one day be starting her own drilling company. According to the National Women’s Business Council, woman owned drilling businesses are categorized under the construction industry, and are recognized for making up less than 8% of women owned businesses. With few women choosing to head up professional drilling service companies it sparked my interest to ask Sherri exactly how she got her start, and what led her to where she is today.

    CME Drill Rig Working in Colorado - Drilling Industry

    In a recent Q & A session, I was given the opportunity to ask Sherri many of questions looming in my mind about her new business, and below are her direct responses.
    • As a woman, what made you decide to first get involved in the drilling industry? 

    Back in 2004, I was approached by a Canadian seismic drilling company who wanted to expand operations into the United States.  As my youngest child was starting kindergarten, it was good timing to go back to work.  As with many small companies, one person must perform a wide variety of job duties.  My duties grew from start-up setup, to accounting and field operations and I worked my way up to be the Director, US Operations. In 2008 I expanded my technical knowledge in the geotechnical, environmental and exploration drilling field which remains my business’ target market. 

    • When did you decide you wanted to start your own drilling company?

    I had lightly considered starting my own company in the past but as I have limited experience operating levers, I was uncomfortable with investing my savings in others hands. I finally came up with the solution, and it was to only hire senior drillers, pay them well and provide them with an incentive/accountability program by giving them a 25% net drilling profits bonus pool contingent on continued employment.

    • How does being a woman owned and operated company affect your business?  

    It is not any different than any other company.  Every company has to prove their value to their clients and Authentic Drilling plans to do just that.

    • You just purchased 2 CME drill rigs from Rig Source – What made CME the brand of choice? 

    CME is a solid choice and is well known by our clients and drillers.  Parts are readily available and they are very reliable drill rigs.

    • How many units do you currently have in your fleet? 

    We currently have three drill rigs:  CME-75 truck, CME-550X and CME 55/300.  We intend to purchase a CME-750X drill rig later this summer from Rig Source as well.

    • What made you decide to choose Rig Source for your drill rig needs?

    Buying from Rig Source removes a lot of the unknown factors in purchasing a pre-owned drill rig.  When the rig arrives, it is already painted in our company colors and other than tooling up the rig and giving the rig a once over, you can start your revenue flowing right away.

    • What areas will Authentic Drilling service?

    The CME 550X is drilling in the mountains today!  Most of our work will be in Colorado and surrounding states, however, we will drill anywhere west of the Mississippi.

    As Authentic Drilling’s primary drill rig supplier, I want to thank Sherri for sharing her story with us and congratulate her new start with Authentic Drilling. Her story goes to show that smart business tactics really do help establish and build strong companies.

    If you are in the need of a used drill rig, give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649.



  8. 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…)



  9. Direct Push Drilling Services Ramps Up In Milwaukee

    May 18, 2015

    The need for direct push drilling services is on the rise in the environmental industry, and Rig Source is pleased to announce we have supplied another start-up company with the Geoprobe Unit to get their business up and running for the Milwaukee area.

    Baake Field Services

    Long time environmental consultant and drilling enthusiast, Matthew Baake has taken the initiative to begin his own company, Baake Field Services which will be opening later this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “There were just too few direct push options and an inadequate supply of companies to meet the local demand,” says Baake. In response to the industry’s needs, Baake purchased a refurbished Geoprobe 66DT direct push unit which counts as the first direct push unit to enter his fleet. The 66DT unit will be used for a full range of direct push drilling services including soil sampling and site investigation.

    Drilling Selection Exists but Nothing Tops an Outstanding Reputation

    When faced with the decision to select the right kind of drilling equipment to encompass the range of services as well as meet the financial requirements Baake had in mind, he confessed to scoping out all his options. The ability to search probing equipment online and even complete price comparisons in a matter of minutes allows buyers to educate themselves on the equipment available and study the value of drilling equipment to ensure they make an overall good decision with the final purchase.

    After talking to multiple industry experts Baake was referred back to Rig Source time and time again. Our outstanding reputation in the environmental industry along with his own research of used Geoprobe’s led him to the conclusion that Rig Source was the best option for purchasing his direct push equipment.

    “During my years as a consultant I had heard about Rig Source from numerous drilling and probing service providers so naturally they were on the top of my list during the research phase. What I discovered during my research though is that used rigs can be found elsewhere, however, sources are generally dubious and the rigs tend to be priced high relative to their condition and age, etc.  Rig Source was able to provide me with the rig, tooling, and refurbishing in one fell swoop, at what seemed to be a fair price.” – Matthew Baake

    As Baake gathers the remainder of drilling supplies and tooling, he is eager to offer his services to the Milwaukee area so stay alert for his grand opening in the near future.

    If you are looking to break into the growing environmental drilling market to help the industry keep up with its demand, give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649 and let us help you find your equipment!



  10. 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!