1. Crawler Carrier Uses Broken Down by Region & State Continued – Part 3

    October 30, 2015 by Savannah Adkins

    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.



  2. Crawler Carrier Uses Broken Down by Region & State Continued – Part 2

    August 17, 2015 by Savannah Adkins

    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 by Savannah Adkins

    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.