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

    November 15, 2013 by Savannah Adkins

    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 by Savannah Adkins

    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 by Savannah Adkins

    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. Crawler Carrier Trade In

    September 19, 2013 by Savannah Adkins

    Rig Source took in four used Morooka crawler carrier units on trade with Courtney Construction, and in return they purchased two, new Terramac RT9’s crawler carriers. picRig Source immediately added the Morooka units to their crawler carrier rental fleet, and Courtney Construction is utilizing the Terramac® RT9 crawler carriers on pipeline projects throughout the US. Courtney Construction has been in the pipeline industry for a number of years and specializes in construction, inspection, and maintenance. It is imperative for them to maintain safe and reliable equipment in their fleet, and upgrading to the Terramac® RT9 crawler carrier did just that. If you are looking to upgrade, replace, or purchase equipment, give us a call at 630.365.1649! Rig Source will find a way to work with you to make your next drill rig or crawler carrier purchase as simple as possible.

  5. Must Have Diedrich D-50 Rental Unit

    June 28, 2013 by Savannah Adkins
    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. Geo-Environmental Drilling Purchases a Track Mounted Diedrich D-50

    February 8, 2013 by Rig Source Inc.

    Geo-Environmental Drilling Inc. purchases a track mounted Diedrich D-50. The unit is mounted on a Morooka MST-800. Track Mounted Diedrich D-50 Drill Rig Geo-Environmental Drilling Inc. located in Pittsburgh, PA, recently purchased a Diedrich D-50 auger drill rig mounted on a Morooka MST-800 rubber track crawler carrier. GEO is a Woman-Owned, WBE certified, small business run by President Deb Werble. They provide geotechnical and environmental drilling, excavation, site preparation and utility clearing to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. If you need to mount your drill onto a crawler carrier for increased versatility, give Rig Source a call today at 630-365-1649.

  7. Crawler Carrier Rentals Available – In Stock!

    September 18, 2012 by Rig Source Inc.
    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.

  8. Major Drilling Mounts Mobile B53 on Morooka MST800

    April 18, 2012 by Rig Source Inc.

    Mobile B53 on Morooka MST800 Crawler CarrierMajor Drilling’s Huntsville, Alabama office engaged Rig Source to do a dismount of their Mobile B53 drill and remount the drill onto a Morooka MST800 crawler carrier. We also shortened the bed and converted the drill from standard auger/core drilling functionality to reverse circulation-drilling functionality. The Rig Source team also installed a rod clamp, break out wrench, dust collector and sample splitter as well. Major Drilling is a large global company providing a variety of drilling services, including: • Surface wireline core drilling • Environmental drilling • Geotechnical drilling • Shallow oil and gas drilling. In other news, Major Drilling recently announced their highest third quarter revenue growth in the history of the company: a 70% increase from 2011! Congrats to Major Drilling- we’re glad we can serve an impressive global drilling company like yours! If you need to mount your Mobile B53 or various other drills onto a crawler carrier for increased versatility, give Rig Source a call today at 630-365-1649! You may also email info@rigsourceinc.com and let us know that you’d like to receive updated listings of drilling equipment for sale and for rent.

  9. Ridgeway Drilling Uses Rig Source for Diedrich D50 Remount

    March 28, 2012 by Rig Source Inc.

    Diedrich D50 Remount to a Morooka MST800










    Rig Source completed a Diedrich D50 remount for Ridgeway Drilling.

    The Diedrich D50 drill was mounted to a rebuilt Morooka MST-800 crawler carrier. Rig Source also upgraded the Diedrich D50 drill with a new auto hammer, a new 2000lb tool winch, a new front carrier winch and built a 300 gallon water tank for the machine. Custom equipment solutions are what really set Rig Source apart. 

    “It’s always fun to come up with creative, cost-effective ways to solve our client’s job site problems.  In fact, it’s one of my favorite aspects of our business,” says Rig Source President Mike Crimaldi.

    For more information on this Diedrich D50 remount project, drilling equipment fabrication, or custom mounting services, please call us at 630-365-1649.

  10. Rig Source finishes Mobile B59 mounted on a Morooka MST1500

    February 21, 2012 by Rig Source Inc.

    Front & Back Views of Mobile B59 Drill Mounted on Morooka MST1500 Crawler Carrier It’s finished: take a look! It’s finished: take a look! We just completed mounting this 1989 Mobile B59 on a Morooka MST1500. This drill rig mounted on a crawler carrier is FOR SALE too, so get it while it is still available! The Mobile B59 is powered by a four cylinder Cummins diesel engine and comes equipped with: • New side mount auto hammer • New 3L8 Moyno water pump • New rod clamp and breakout • Main winch, tool winch and wire line winch • Leveling jacks The Morooka MST1500 has new tracks and a new main hydraulic pump.  In addition, the Morooka MST1500 crawler carrier has been  run through the shop to ensure that it is the perfect undercarriage for the B59. Rig Source specializes in selling and renting rubber tracked crawler carriers for every type of drilling application. Regardless of what you’re looking for – from a Mobile B59 to a Boart Longyear LF70 on tracks- make your first call to Rig Source!  Call us at 630-365-1649 or email info@rigsourceinc.com for more information.