1. Accidents Happen but Drill Rig Damage is Repairable

    March 31, 2015

    The next time you roll your trailer while hauling your rig – Rig Source to the rescue!

    Has anyone ever lost something out of a car window or worse watched an item fall off the back of a truck bed? How many of you have rolled your trailer while carrying your drill rig to its next destination? I can’t say that I’ve rolled a trailer, but watching my couch fly was a site to be seen. Regardless of the item you lose or damage in an accident, two things remain the same: 1) be glad you’re safe & 2) be prepared to repair or replace.

    True Stories of Drill Rig Accidents

    The fact of the matter is accidents do happen and unfortunately more often than we would like to admit. Rig Source has advised many customers who have encountered these types of drill rig accidents over the years but a couple recent accidents include a Geoprobe and a Diedrich drill rig.

    The first incident was a Geoprobe® 6620DT drill rig which took a spill similar to the ones described above. During the accident, the Geoprobe® withstood some damage such as bent parts that required repair before the unit could go back to work safely.

    Rig Source received the Geoprobe® 6620DT shortly after its accident and immediately inspected the unit for any and all possible damage. “The number one factor to consider during rig repairs is always safety. During our thorough inspections, we are able to find all problems, and require our customer’s to fix problematic findings prior to putting the units back to use,” says Mike Crimaldi, owner of Rig Source Inc.

    Therefore, after a full inspection, Rig Source went straight to work and fixed the damaged direct push unit using all genuine Geoprobe® replacement parts. To everyone’s surprise, the Geoprobe® 6620DT didn’t obtain as much damage as one would expect from an accident so our customer decided to do a few extra maintenance items while the unit was in the shop.

    Repaired Drill Rig Damage

    Geoprobe® 6620DT Repair List:

     

    • Replaced bent parts
    • Rewired fuse panel
    • Replaced cables, hoses & tracks
    • Oil change
    • Fresh paint

    The second drill rig accident occurred with a Diedrich D50 which rolled along with its trailer during transport. With this particular unit, the owners were not as lucky as the first. After Rig Source completed their inspection of the Diedrich unit, it was determined that the amount of repairs needed were far beyond the value of the unit. Similarly, our mechanics openly communicated safety concerns which could pose a threat to future drillers if the unit was to be repaired. For everyone’s well-being, rather than repairing this Diedrich D50, Rig Source opted to work alongside the customer to find them a replacement rig that was affordable and met their needs.

    Not everyone has the luck of the first customer mentioned, but with the experience our shop team has working on these rigs we can do some powerful repairs. Our guys are second to none, and are always there when you need them. Likewise, our team is dedicated to you so even if we recommend a drill rig to be scraped because we can’t safely put it back to work, our sales team will help you get back into the action with a replacement drill.

    What’s the worst accident you’ve encountered with your equipment? What kind of damage did you have? Give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649, and we’ll inspect and repair your drill rigs from top to bottom or replace them to get you back in safe working order in no time.



  2. Refurbished Geoprobe® Heads to Michigan

    March 23, 2015

    Taking care of your drilling equipment is paramount to maintaining a successful business in the Geotechnical Drilling industry.

    We all know safety is an important aspect of the drilling industry, but to drill safely it requires a great deal of detail which involves proper, well maintained equipment. Maintenance and repair go a long way to ensure your equipment is up to par, and in return allows your company to provide accurate services with confidence. Having quality equipment also gives companies the professional edge to establish and maintain clientele, complete work efficiently and protect the safety of their drillers. All key strengths that lead to success!

    Mannik & Smith Group is one company that recognizes the importance of keeping quality well maintained drills in their geotechnical fleet. In fact, they just got their Geoprobe® 6620DT direct push unit serviced by Rig Source in order to keep their company on the path to success. James, a seven year direct push driller, was excited when he picked up this newly refurbished Geoprobe® drill.

    “I’m anxious to see how smoothly the serviced rig works. First I’m taking the Geoprobe® 6620DT to Michigan for some geotechnical work and then I’ll be heading to Ohio to start another project. ” says James.

    Standard Direct Push Drill Refurbishment Includes:
    • General Maintenance: oil change, filter replacements, etc.
    • Repair: hoses, tubing & new control panels
    • Paint: sandblast & paint

    If you would like to keep your business on the forefront of success in the geotechnical drilling industry, it’s highly recommended that you don’t let your equipment slip. Be sure to give your drilling equipment the care it needs to excel. After all, high quality equipment directly reflects upon your business by how well you are able to complete your geotechnical jobs and satisfy customers.

    For help refurbishing your direct push equipment, give Rig Source a call at 630.365.1649 today!



  3. Some Things Should Be Left to the Professionals

    March 16, 2015

    Don’t wait until your half way in to realize you’re in over your head with drilling rig service & repair.

    Do you ever catch yourself starting a project just to leave it half way complete? Better yet do you create lists of things you’d like to do and never quite get around to actually doing it? The good news is you are not alone! All too often our customer’s come to us mid project or after years of allowing their units to sit before they finally decide to hand it off to our shop.

    While Rig Source will take on just about any project during any stage of work, we don’t always recommend it – for your sake not ours! Here at Rig Source, we’re set up to support you so why not just start with us and save yourself the hassle. Using a professional doesn’t mean you’re not capable of doing the work yourself, and it doesn’t always cost you more when you look at the big picture. More often than not, it’s just sensible.

    Just in case you’re still on the fence, consider the 3 points below and then determine if your project is manageable or better left in the hands of the professionals.

    1. Time: You don’t have it & we do. Consider how long your rig will be sitting before you’re schedule allows you the time to tinker with it. Professionals are available all day, every day, and commit to meeting your deadlines.

    2. Down Time: If it’s not working, you’re not making money. The amount of down time the drill rig gets while you contemplate the when’s and how’s to fixing it can end up costing you more than the professional’s labor costs.

    3. Expertise: You’re a driller so your expertise is working the rig while we’ve got highly skilled mechanics whose expertise is repairing it. Professionals spend their lives working on drill rig repairs and know most rigs inside and out just as you know the ins and outs of drilling.

    Sample Drill Rig Remount Project

    CME 55 Remount Before & After Photos

    Bore & Core Drilling needed a remount and came right here to Rig Source after realizing time was of the essence. This CME 55 drill was remounted to a Morooka MST 800 crawler carrier so it could accommodate Alabama’s terrain, and upon customer request was painted black on black.

    To get in touch with us or to schedule your drill rig unit for service, remount or repair call 630.365.1649. Interested in viewing more of our work? Continue browsing our blog or join us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest shop projects and updates!



  4. Control Panel Upgrades Sure to Simplify Your Life

    February 17, 2015

    Many old drill rigs run great and have affordable price tags making them extremely desirable, but there is just one minor issue – outdated control panels.

    You don’t think much of your drill’s control panel until it becomes a part of your everyday routine. It’s then that even the smallest issues can become annoyances that hinder your productivity. While there is nothing wrong with the way manufacturers made control panels back in the day, there are updates each company has made over the years to keep up with technological advancements. When you purchase used drill rigs, you don’t always obtain those most up to date features, unless you request it that is.

    Diedrich D-50 Control Panel

    The Diedrich D-50 is a perfect example of a top notch geotechnical and environmental drill rig that has undergone some changes over time, in particular with their control panels. Just a few years ago the Diedrich D-50 control panels were made with diverters. This meant that each control was actually responsible for multiple functions very similar to the way keys on a keyboard are responsible for both upper and lower case letters. In order for a driller to switch between two functions on older model Diedrich drills, they would rely on flipping controls from one position to another. Seems simple in theory but becomes burdensome real quick when you take into consideration the controls are not always in arms reach of your work.

    Have It All With Rig Source

    One way to overcome an outdated control panel is to buy new, but I’m here to let you know it’s not the only option. Drill rig specialty companies like Rig Source make it possible for you to have it all by keeping with that older unit and its affordable price tag while just upgrading the drills control panel. The cost associated with the upgrade has proven to be a great value to those not ready to invest in a new Diedrich drill.

    Rig Source’s Work

    Rig Source just completed these exact Diedrich control panel upgrades as well as a few more custom updates on a customer’s truck mounted Diedrich D-50 rig. The little annoyances built up over time, and eventually this client came to Rig Source requesting it receive a new control panel and new lower valve bank. In doing so, each control pictured below now has its own valve and individual function which has increased the driller’s productivity as a whole.

    Diedrich Control Panel Upgrade

    While it’s not always necessary to upgrade used drill rigs, this customer certainly found it beneficial to do so. Do you have a similar issue with your control panel? Need a custom drill rig upgrade? Share your thoughts with us or request more information at 630.365.1649.



  5. Discount on Crawler Carrier Parts

    February 2, 2015

    Inventory is complete, and Rig Source has a surplus of carrier parts so let the savings begin.

    As of February 1st, Rig Source announced a large crawler carrier parts sale that would run throughout the entire month. During this limited time offer universal crawler carrier replacement tracks for brand names such as Terramac®, Morooka and IHI units are 10% OFF, and there are numerous BUY 3 GET 1 FREE offers on rollers, bushings, sprockets, pivot shafts and much more. If you were considering some general maintenance on your crawler carrier units this year, a sale like this is definitely worth taking advantage of.

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  6. Tight Spaces Require Special Features

    January 8, 2015

    Don’t let tricky drilling sites keep you from taking excellent job opportunities. Instead, look into drill rig and specialized options that have the potential to get you where you need to be.

    It’s no surprise to the drilling industry that certain jobs require a bit of resourcefulness. Experienced drillers have an innate ability and skilled eye to expose the challenges surrounding unique drill sites and teaming up with a creative company to find just the right drill rig solutions is exciting for all.

    Creative Solutions Uncovered

    The Diedrich D-25 drill rig is known for its light weight, ease of maneuverability and ability to do shallow drilling, but for the first time in history the D-25 rig was converted form a skid to a track to increase its accessibility even more. Below is a photograph of the rig after Rig Source converted the unit for Total Depth Drilling in Tennessee.

     

    Total Depth Drilling knew they needed the Diedrich D-25 for its size and the type of drilling at hand, but found the jobsite locations proved to be a bit trickier to reach than expected. They took their issue to Rig Source where owner, Mike Crimaldi was able to create and execute a conversion that worked for both the rig and user. Airing on the side of caution, Mr. Crimaldi worked closely with manufacturer, Diedrich Drill on the conversion plan. The conversion from skid to track will allow Total Depth Drilling to take their small Diedrich D-25 down hills and through creeks so they can continue to test borings while staying environmentally friendly.

    Diedrich D-25 ConversionTimes Are Changing

    There is no doubt that times have changed, and environmental sensitivity is becoming a greater concern than ever before. Many drillers are facing the difficulties of delicate terrain, but there are certainly affordable options out there to overcome them. If you catch yourself in a situation where your drill rig just doesn’t cut it quite like it should, give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649. We specialize in finding you the creative solutions to get the job done, and have over a decade of experience doing so.



  7. Let the Rig Source Geek Squad Get You Going

    October 21, 2014

    Purchasing a new drill rig is exciting as it usually indicates that you’re upgrading existing equipment, adding to your fleet or starting a new company. Along with this excitement can come uncertainty as you learn the ins and outs of your new drill rig. In order to benefit from all of the capabilities your new rig offers you might want to consider a professional start-up. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced driller, you can surely benefit from additional demos before taking your rig to a job site for its big debut.

    Start-up Services

    When you purchase drill rigs from Rig Source, our team is always prepared to provide a start-up session for your rig operators. We want our customer’s to get the most out of their equipment, and knowing how to operate your drill rig properly will help do just that. Not only is our sales team extremely knowledgeable on the drill rigs we sell, many have years of experience operating drill rigs and utilizing a variety of drilling methods for various industries which makes them a perfect fit for quality start-up services. (more…)



  8. Hiring Now – Shop Manager & Sales Representatives

    September 24, 2014

    Now Hiring - Shop Manager and Sales RepresentativeWhether you’re in search of a new career or just seeking advancement, the opportunities provided by Rig Source are truly endless – Just ask our existing team!

    Rig Source is a privately held company which provides sale & rental drill rigs & crawler carriers to a number of industries such as: geotechnical, environmental, exploration, pipeline and even general construction. Our company is growing rapidly, and we are seeking additional team members to assist with this growth.

    We are highly reputable among the customer’s we serve as well as the team we employ, and are in search of candidates that possess the skills necessary to ensure Rig Source is continually maintaining an unprecedented degree of support to our customers. For this reason, we’re seeking knowledgeable candidates with entrepreneurial spirits to join our shop and sales team.

    “Rig Source has been in business for over ten years, offers competitive pay, insurance and one of the best work environments around.” – Matt Slater, Director of Sales (more…)



  9. Shop Talk – Conventional Oil vs. Biodegradable Oil

    September 19, 2014

    Whether you’re buying new or just looking to switch your used crawler carriers or drill rigs over to biodegradable oil – Rig Source is knowledgeable and equipped to support your needs.

    Every crawler carrier and drill rig requires oil for smooth and safe operation, but there are a number of things to consider ensuring you are getting the most out of your equipment. With all the hype and increased regulation surrounding the idea of maintaining environmentally friendly equipment, it’s no surprise that a number of industries are now choosing to use biodegradable oil.  Biodegradable oil has gained a highly notable reputation for being less toxic and reducing our dependency on imported petroleum, according to former environmental driller and current drill rig sales representative, Jesse Whittaker.

    Despite this, there are a few more considerations that the Rig Source team would recommend taking into account before choosing between conventional and biodegradable oil for your new and used crawler carriers or drill rigs.

    Consider This…conventional oil vs. biodegradable oil

    1) Oil Compatibility – Carefully analyze the characteristic differences between the oil you are currently using compared to what you are considering using. Conventional and biodegradable oils have different characteristics, and often require more cleaning and preparation than just draining the old and filling the new. Poor conversions can lead to break downs, additional wear and tear and even higher operating temperatures.

    2) Cost – Both conventional and biodegradable oil require maintenance over time. However, depending on your oil selection, certain oils often require additional additives to properly function which could raise the cost of maintenance and overall operation of your crawler carrier or drill rig.

    3) Unit Design – Be sure to look at the details of the operating system on your crawler carrier or drill rig. Depending on the type of materials used and overall design, it could affect the way your equipment handles different types of oil. Using the wrong kind of oil will increase the likelihood of increased wear and tear.

    4) Equipment’s History – Any good mechanic will tell you that the lubricants and fluids you put into your crawler carrier and drill rigs eventually become a part of the equipment itself. Once a piece of equipment is accustomed to a specific type of oil, changing it has the potential to shock the operating system. Therefore, it’s important to assess the advantages and disadvantages to prevent making any unnecessary changes that could hinder the life of your equipment.

    If you’ve taken the time to review your oil options, and still have questions regarding which type of oil is right for your crawler carrier or drill rigs – Call Rig Source at 630.365.1649. Our shop team keeps up with the various industry changes and advancements, including those intended to increase environmentally friendliness!

    *For safety and superior operation, it is highly recommended by Rig Source that you seek professional advice prior to switching oils or using oil that is not listed in your unit’s owner’s manual.



  10. 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.



  11. Rig Source: Drilling Support One Decade Later

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

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

    Dedication Delivers Rewards

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

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

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  12. Education and Demonstration: Geoprobe® Training

    May 8, 2014

    It was a long week with these guys out of the office for Geoprobe® training, but they’re back and more knowledgeable than ever before on Geoprobe® products. Naturally, Rig Source strives to provide you with the most up to date Geoprobe® equipment and tooling so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we went out of our way to give our guys some extensive Geoprobe® training at Geoprobe’s annual open house event.

    Different than in years past, we sent multiple employees to view Geoprobe’s new equipment, receive field demonstrations, and enhance their knowledge of Geoprobe’s equipment and tooling. Being a sales and rental center equipped with Geoprobe® direct push units as well as Geoprobe® tooling, we find opportunities such as this necessary to enable us to offer the most up to date and accurate product information for our customers.

    Employees to Recieve Geoprobe® Training

    Geoprobe® Training Open House

    This year’s open house highlighted the new Geoprobe® 8150LS Rotary Sonic, new Geoprobe® 3230DT rig, new Geoprobe® 3.75 in. tooling and new sonic dual tube systems. In addition to their new rollouts, Geoprobe® held a variety of workshops and demonstrations for the day that allowed our team to interact with other industry leading drillers that use the equipment on a daily basis.

    Below is what Bryan Sarsfield, Rig Source rental coordinator had to say about his Geoprobe® training opportunity.

    “The tour of the Geoprobe® facility was very educational. Watching the Geoprobe® 7822DT take soil samples, and seeing the new sonic rig in action was quite impressive. Being able to see first-hand how the products we provide and the work Geoprobe’s are used for is critical in gaining a complete understanding of the product. I will certainly be able to use what I learned to better serve our customers at Rig Source, and am looking forward to doing just that.”

    Along with our rental coordinator, Rig Source sent parts man, Dan Nestmann and sales representative, Jesse Whittaker to Geoprobe® training to better assist you with your Geoprobe® direct push sale or rental and tooling purchases. If you thought Rig Source was good before, we just got better! To purchase or rent a Geoprobe® direct push unit or Geoprobe® tooling, please feel to browse our current selection online or give us a call at 630.365.1649.