1. Which Drill Rig Will You Find At The 2014 NDA Convention?

    October 8, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    Rig Source is thrilled to be returning to the National Drilling Association Convention (NDA) this year, and is eager to share their latest innovative drill rig with geotechnical drillers devoted to the industry.

    Rig Source has been a member of the NDA for over ten years, and the close ties date back even further to when Rig Source owner, Lisa Crimaldi was once the NDA’s president. “Each year we to strive to attend the convention and bring with us the most up to date drilling equipment,” says Lisa. Although, Rig Source was unable to attend the event last year, it is expected that this year’s display will be one to remember.

    As an equipment sales and rental center focused on serving the geotechnical and environmental industries, Rig Source is always on the forefront of new or enhanced equipment. That is why this year Rig source will be bringing a Diedrich D-90 drill mounted to a Terramac® crawler carrier to the NDA Convention. The combined power of the highly notable Diedrich brand drill and the extreme versatility of Terramac® crawler carriers are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

    Whether you’re in the mood to purchase, rent or just looking to get acquainted with the geotechnical drilling industry, stopping by Rig Source’s booth to see the NEW Terramac® RT9 with Diedrich D-90 drill is a must. During the show, Director of Sales, Matt Slater and Sales Representative, Jesse Whittaker will be available to answer any and all questions regarding the unit.diedrich d90 on terramac crawler carrier

    NDA Convention Information

    October 9-10, 2014

    Great Wolf Lodge
    2501 Great Wolf Drive
    Mason, OH 45040

    If ever in need for geotechnical drill rigs, contact Rig Source at 630.365.1649 where we will provide you with the fast and efficient sales and rental services you need and deserve.



  2. Rig Source Inc: How Maggie Daley Park Is Being Transformed

    October 6, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

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    Maggie Daley Park Transformation

    What started as basic roof repairs to the East Monroe Street Marketing Garage in 2012 grew into an opportunity to renovate three areas of Grant Park to create the Maggie Daley Park, an area that will be composed of the Daley Bicentennial Plaza, the Cancer Survivors Garden, and Peanut Park.

    With this new initiative, the Chicago Park District has been working to make these three areas of the park more cohesive while also improving Grant Park’s sustainability- not to mention many new uniquely entertaining features, such as rock-climbing sculptures, an ice-skating ribbon, a play garden, a field house, and plenty of open lawn space for events and picnics.

    All these upgrades don’t happen overnight, of course. Maggie Daley Park is scheduled to open to the public in fall of 2014 after two years of intense construction. The first phase of the project alone included moving 209,000 cubic yards of soil and 800 trees to Peanut Park temporarily so that the East Monroe Street Garage parking deck could be renovated and waterproofed- a giant project in itself, considering that the parking garage is nearly 1.5 million square feet.

    In phase two, which started in late fall of 2013, a local Chicago construction company began working on creating drainage layers by using polystyrene geofoam to create hills and landscapes. Since geofoam is around 100 times lighter than soil, it doesn’t add excessive weight to the parking structure underneath.

    After that, the topsoil and trees are moved back from Peanut Park and added over the geofoam using multi-purpose crawler carriers, which can easily traverse the geofoam without leaving permanent impressions. An extra 700 trees will be planted in Maggie Daley Park as well.

    While construction slowed down during winter, the park is still on track for a fall opening that will include the ice skating ribbon and the climbing wall. The final total cost for the Maggie Daley Park renovations will be $60 million, which includes things like landscape architecture, construction and machine rentals, and more. In the end, Chicago’s newest public park will be a cohesive presence in a prime area between the lakefront and down town in which Chicagoans and tourists alike can enjoy a wide variety of unique activities and experiences. Who’s ready to go play?



  3. Energy East Expected to Boost Pipeline Jobs & Equipment Demand

    September 30, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    The Keystone XL has yet to be approved by the US, but that’s not stopping Canada from moving forward with its latest plan to expand the oil grid with the Energy East pipeline.

    The approval of the Energy East pipeline is expected to trigger approximately 10,000 full-time jobs in the pipeline industry between now and 2018 according to a Deloitte report released by TransCanada. Along with the expected surge in jobs, it is believed by Rig Source. Owner, Mike Crimaldi there will likely be an increased need for crawler carriers and pipeline equipment. Additional laborers won’t do much good if they don’t have the necessary equipment for them to do their jobs. (more…)



  4. Hiring Now – Shop Manager & Sales Representatives

    September 24, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    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…)



  5. Drilling Rig Remount Services – Fast, Efficient & Customized

    August 13, 2014 by Savannah Adkins
    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.



  6. As Promised: More Rental Personnel Carriers

    July 15, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    Meeting the demand for personnel carriers has had its challenges, but we did it for YOU!

    In the last few weeks, our shop team here at Rig Source has been busy preparing additional rubber tracked rental personnel carriers to meet the ever growing demand among the pipeline and environmental and geotechnical drilling industries.  Now that the work is complete, they are available, and you can reserve your rental personnel carrier any time by calling us at 630.365.1649.

    Rental Personnel Carriers Added to Fleet Include:

     

    Terramac® RT9 with Personnel Carrier Front ViewTerramac® RT9

    Personnel Carrier

    - 25 Person Capacity

    - Mid-Sized Crawler Carrier

    - Less than 4.0 psi

    IHI IC-45 Personnel CarrierIHI IC-45

    Personnel Carrier

    - 10 Person Capacity

    - Smaller-Sized Crawler Carrier

    - Less than 4.0 psi

    Why Make The Call?

    Simple, tracked rental personnel carriers are rare and have been found to be THAT helpful! It’s the most efficient method for transporting crews that has proven benefits such as the ability to transport everyone in one trip, increased cab safety, available storage space for tooling, and is even considered environmentally friendly thanks to the low ground pressure of rubber tracked crawler carriers.

    Getting your rental personnel carrier from Rig Source has benefits within itself as well. We have a solid reputation for providing our customers with the nothing short of the best in customer service. We offer competitive weekly or monthly rental rates that will fit into your schedule, and shop teams to ensure the units arrive and remain in full working order throughout your rental term.

    Browse Our Site for More

    For more detailed information regarding each of these new rental personnel carriers, visit our crawler carrier rental showroom where you may view the complete web listing. Not only will you find our new rental personnel carriers, but you will also gain access to a variety of other rental crawler carriers that you may find just as useful on your next project.



  7. Limited Time Rental Deal

    June 10, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    You’ll never fail getting your crawler carrier rentals from Rig Source, especially if you call and make your reservations now. We have an extensive fleet of crawler carrier rentals available, BUT they are slipping away fast. As spring weather came around so did many new job opportunities for various industries, including pipelines and general construction. Between these two industries alone, customers have found numerous ways to use these multifunctional units, and the flexibility and cost savings of a rental have been extremely beneficial.

    Available Crawler Carrier Rentals Include:

    Morooka MST-800VD

    Terramac® RT9

    Crawler Carrier with Crane

    Morooka MST-1500VD

    IHI IC-45

    Crawler Carrier with Personnel Carrier

    Morooka MST-2200VD

    IHI IC-100

    Crawler Carrier with VacMaster

    How to Grab Hold of the Deals

    At Rig Source, we carry all the brand name crawler carrier rentals you need, and offer outstanding customer service and equipment support to go with it. Just by calling and mentioning this blog you are automatically eligible for 5% off your next crawler carrier rental*. Along with this, you still receive our competitive rental rates that provide the flexibility of weekly or monthly rental terms that work best with your needs and schedule. It is and always will be our goal to get our customers the support they need by providing them with only the best in crawler carrier rentals so get the experience and price you deserve on crawler carrier rentals by calling Rig Source today at 630.365.1649.

    *Offer valid to all customers for July’s rental rate. Must mention this deal to have discount applied.



  8. Crawler Carrier Parts Tie Everything Together – Do You Have The Right Ones?

    April 29, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    Parts make up the whole so it is imperative every crawler carrier part you select is created with quality and durability in mind. From the smallest bearing to the largest set of tracks, when one piece breaks it causes a breakdown of the entire unit which most, simply cannot afford.

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    Nothing angers you more on the job site than finding out your crawler carrier is down. It’s frustrating, time consuming, costly and a hindrance to your project as a whole. It’s even worse when you can’t find the replacement crawler carrier parts, or when you finally find them and can’t get them delivered in a timely manner. Since many crawler carriers are built by companies oversees, that is also where you will typically find their parts inventory. It’s not accommodating and certainly isn’t going to help you get your crawler carrier back up and running quickly.

    Where To Find Quality Crawler Carrier Parts & Tracks

    Being a sale and rental center for crawler carriers, Rig Source was quick to pick up on this need, and has invested a great deal into developing an entire crawler carrier parts and tracks department. Our department is complete with a full stock of readily available parts and tracks for various crawler carrier units including, Terramac®, Morooka and IHI.

    Rig Source’s Crawler Carrier Parts Inventory Includes:

    • Joystick Conversions – Morooka TCX/LTX Set
    • Planetary Drives
      • Breaks
      • Floating Seals
      • Main Bearings
      • Hub Pressure Reliefs
      • Drive Motor Seals
      • Hydraulic Motors
    • Undercarriage Parts
      • Bushings
      • Pivot Shafts
      • Lower/Upper Rollers
      • Rear Idlers
      • Roller Rebuild Kits
      • Sprockets
      • Tension Cylinder
    • Replacement Rubber Tracks
      • Single Track or Set
       

    Additionally, we have a superb service team knowledgeable of crawler carriers, and what keeps them running in tip top condition. They are committed to guiding you into the right parts and tracks purchase the first time around. We are also willing to educate you on the parts and tracks your purchasing so you too can become an expert on maintaining your crawler carrier.

    To place an order with Rig Source, it is quick and simple. Just give us a call at 630.365.1649 and speak with a member of our service staff. We are here for you when your crawler carrier isn’t, and look forward to providing you the parts and tracks to get your crawler carrier back now, not later!



  9. Rental Tracked Personnel Carriers: Hauling Your Crew to Remote Areas

    April 1, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    Multiple Views of Our Rental Tracked Personnel Carriers

    Be on the forefront of your industry and allow our rental tracked personnel carriers to get your crew where the work is.

    Rig Source recently started mounting personnel carriers to our crawler carrier units, and the response was out of this world. Upon completion of our first rental tracked personnel carrier, it was immediately sent out to a local customer in the pipeline industry. Due to the rapid response this unit received, Rig Source will continue to build these units to keep up with the high demand.

    Spring Ground Conditions Won’t Slow You Down

    Our first rental tracked personnel carrier was built on a used Morooka MST800 crawler carrier, but as we grow so will the options for crawler carriers. Right now the attachment is available for immediate rental on Morooka MST800’s. We are excited to announce that these personnel carriers will soon be available on the Terramac® RT9. Both the current Morooka rental tracked personnel carrier as well as the Terramac® RT9 with personnel carrier provide unprecedented adaptability to companies looking to transport their crew safely to and from remote jobsite locations.

    Rough terrain is an issue among many industries that makes it very difficult to get equipment to isolated areas, let alone with a full team of workers to actually get the job done. This is especially concerning in the springtime. As Denzel Washington was quoted saying, “When you pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too,” and luckily our rental tracked personnel carriers can do just that. The low ground pressure that comes from rubber tracked crawler carriers allows them to travel in and out of some of the worst ground conditions.

    Hauling People, Tools and Gear Made Simple

    The personnel carrier attachment shown in these photographs is ROPS and FOPS Certified and is built to carry ten passengers. It comes complete with seat belts for all passengers and has enough space for gear as well as additional storage for tooling. There is a rear entrance for passengers with a fold up ladder that adds to its ground clearance.

    While our first rental tracked personnel carrier was leased to a pipeline company, other industries such as windmill, forestry, utility, right of way and mining have all expressed sincere interest in the unit. Don’t let the mud slow you down this spring or miss out on our new offer. Our rental coordinator is eager to get you onto our rental calendar this spring so give Rig Source a call at 630.365.1649 and get set up in our rental tracked personnel carrier.



  10. Everything You Need to Know About Buying New Rubber Tracks for Crawler Carriers

    March 7, 2014 by Monica Coenen

    If you’re the owner or operator of a rubber track crawler carrier I’m sure you have wondered when the time is right to replace a machine’s rubber tracks to keep it operating at its best. Below are some helpful tips to take the guesswork out of the process.

    We all know to rotate the tires on our everyday wheeled vehicles on a regular basis and to replace them every 40-60k miles or when the tires start to show signs of balding. Figuring out when to replace the rubber that hits the ground on a rubber tracked crawler carrier isn’t as simple.

    Do You Need to Replace Your Rubber Tracks?New Rubber Tracks

    If your rubber tracks have logged more than 2,000 hours it’s time to start planning for a replacement set. Depending on the terrain the machine is used on there might be visible tread wear. To eliminate unnecessary downtime and reduce track breakages in remote areas replace any tracks that show signs of wear. Worn tracks can also hinder the smooth operation that people have come to depend on from rubber track crawler carriers so be sure to plan ahead. If your rubber track appears to have a manufacturing defect contact the manufacturer to see if a replacement is covered under the warranty. Due to the nature of a job site not all damages will turn into claims but it is certainly worth investigating.

    Purchasing Tips for New Rubber Tracks

    Now that you’ve determined you need a set of new rubber tracks here are some helpful tips when shopping around for the best set of tracks money can buy.

    • Looking Beyond the Surface: High quality rubber tracks contain more than just rubber. Tracks with continuous steel core technology eliminate the need for joints inside the tracks. Steel cords are wound helically inside the track to form one piece. This process offer maximum durability and keeps tracks from stretching and derailing over time. By eliminating the jointing you eliminate 95% rubber track failure. Beware of manufactures that produce new rubber tracks with flat separate cables or with cable winding that are not helically wound as this will result in an inferior product.
    • Evaluate Rubber Materials: You might be surprised to know that a combination of natural and synthetic rubber produces the toughest rubber which helps provide wear and tear resistance in addition to a long service life. Look for new rubber tracks with a rubber compound of 60% natural rubber and 40% synthetic rubber. Beware of tracks that contain recycled material
    • Consider Tread Pattern: Not all tread patterns are treated equal. Look for a straight bar tread pattern since it is designed to increase traction, decrease tearing and provide even ground pressure in muddy or sandy soils. This is the most reliable tread pattern for a rubber track crawler carrier.

    If you have determined you are in the market for new rubber tracks for your Terramac®, Morooka or IHI crawler carrier, Rig Source has inventory ready to ship. Call us today for a quote at 630-365-1649. You won’t be disappointed; our friendly and dependable staff will save you money and get you the equipment you need to get the job done on time! In addition to parts and service Rig Source has a wide variety of Rubber track crawler carriers for rent or for sale. We look forward to working with you to make your business a success!