1. Top 10 Hottest Drill Rig and Crawler Carrier Rentals for 2014

    January 29, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    Statistics are in and the list of 10 hottest drill rig and crawler carrier rentals for 2014 has been created for your viewing pleasure. Use this list to find out what rental equipment you should be reserving before it’s gone.

    Crawler Carrier Rental Equipment

    1. Morooka MST-2200VD Crawler Carrier is the largest crawler carrier offered in our rental fleet. It has the highest carrying capacity among crawler carriers, and offers the capability of mounting a VacMaster System 1000 on the back. The Morooka MST-2200VD is versatile to many industries, but finds a great deal of popularity in the pipeline.
    2. Geoprobe® 7822DT Direct Push rental units are hard to come by because very few people put them in their rental fleet. The Geoprobe® 7822DT unit is best utilized in the environmental drilling field for soil sampling prior to building or land transactions.
    3. Terramac® RT9 Crawler Carrier is the latest machine on the market. The Terramac® RT9 offers a variety of mounting options and has a larger carrying capacity than other units in its class. Renters are choosing Terramac® RT9 units as a means of testing out the modern technology prior to purchasing new.Morooka and IHI crawler carrier rental equipment
    4. IHI IC-45 Crawler Carrier units are small in size and can maneuver into tight spaces where larger units cannot. Similarly, IHI IC-45 crawler carrier units can be shipped relatively cheap since three units fit as one load.
    5. Diedrich D-120 Track mounted Drill Rig is a big hit for the geotechnical industry. The Diedrich D-120 has higher torque allowing deeper penetration for soil testing than others in its class. These rental drill rigs also come equipped with an automatic SPT hammer.
    6. Morooka MST-800VD Crawler Carrier is well liked among the construction industry because it has the lowest price point for a crawler carrier. This smaller sized Morooka MST-800VD is similar to the IHI IC-45 crawler carrier unit can be shipped three per load.various drill rig rental equipment
    7. IHI IC-100 Crawler Carrier is primarily used for larger sized jobs associated with the pipelines. It is well liked for carrying supplies with either a dump or flat bed.
    8. Morooka MST-1500VD Crawler Carrier is considered your middle of the road unit for its size and price point. Utility companies favor the Morooka MST-1500VD, but this crawler carrier offers a number of benefits to various other industries as well.
    9. Diedrich D-50 Track mounted Drill Rig is well liked in the geotechnical industry. It has many of the same capabilities as a Diedrich D-120, but doesn’t reach quite the same depth. Therefore, it is often times used on smaller projects.
    10. CME 55 Track Mounted Drill Rig is another great drill rig for smaller projects. The CME 55 has fairly similar capabilities in comparison to the Diedrich D-50 so it too is favored by environmental drillers. The deciding factor between the Diedrich D-50 and CME 55 often times comes down to brand preference or familiarity.

    Need more help deciding which drill rig or crawler carrier rentals you’ll need this year? Give Rig Source a call today at 630.365.1649. Not only will he get you into this year’s hottest, but he will make sure you have all the attachments and extras to keep your business running all year long.



  2. Out with the Old and In With the New Terramac® RT9

    January 3, 2014 by Savannah Adkins

    Get your company into a new Terramac® RT9 crawler carrier and start 2014 off right! Some things in life you can get away with keeping for decades, and others require the occasional update or even upgrade. For me, I can’t go wrong continuing to use my grandmother’s cookie tins, but I can’t honestly imagine still having to use my original PC from the 1990’s to write.

    So what determines which items can stand the test of time and which ones require replacements? I think it all comes down to technology. Equipment such as crawler carriers utilize a great deal of technology, and like everything else technical, advances and changes happen so rapidly it becomes pertinent to keep up.  If you don’t you will find yourself on a downward spiral where you will fall far below that of your competitors.

    Below I’ve provided you with a side by side comparison of your old crawler carrier next to your new Terramac® RT9.

    Old vs New Terramac® RT9 crawler carrier comparison chart

    Don’t give your competitor’s the opportunity to pass you by while you deal with your old crawler carrier. Get into the new Terramac® RT9 you eyed all last year, and reap the benefits.  

     



  3. Top 5 Reasons Rubber Tracked Rental Units Are Perfect for Seasonal Work

    December 19, 2013 by Savannah Adkins

    Rubber tracked rental units are favorable for seasonal work because they are really your only defense against the wrath of Mother Nature and her shifting weather patterns. If growing up in Chicago has taught me anything, it is to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather. Our weather changes dramatically per season and often times even within a single season. It’s nearly impossible to select a single pair of shoes to carry you through the multiple seasons let alone a single piece of equipment capable of keeping your business moving forward.

    Don’t create your own restrictions! Instead, read the list below and discover the Top 5 reasons rubber tracked rental units are perfect for seasonal work.

    1. Customized Per Job Selecting a rubber tracked rental unit allows your to change the type of equipment on an as need basis. If and when the weather changes so do your needs and a rental unit will allow you to follow suit.Snow covered Terramac
    2. Not as Much Cash out Lay You don’t have a lot of money wrapped into a single unit at any given time. You only need to spend money when you know for certain the unit is being used.
    3. Not a Lot of Commitment If something unexpected occurs on the jobsite you can take a rubber tracked rental unit off of rent, but you can’t always turn around and sell a piece of equipment that you have purchased.
    4. Minimal Repair When renting, maintenance and repair of your rubber tracked unit is minimized to routine or wear and tear items. Any repairs above and beyond that are typically covered by the equipment rental company. In some cases, when a rental unit breaks down, companies like Rig Source will swap out any broken down units and replace it with a fully functioning one so there is no loss of down time.
    5. Tax Advantages Certain tax advantages exist for businesses that choose to rent equipment, and allow for monthly rental payments to be expensed as a reduction in income. In turn, may lower a business’s tax burden. (Please consult your tax advisor prior to renting equipment to make sure that you qualify).

    Seasonal work definitely has its obstacles and a key component to overcoming them is to remain flexible. Tis the season for snow in Chicago right now, but it won’t be long until the April showers are upon us. Be sure to plan ahead and turn to rubber tracked rental units that prove to be perfect for seasonal work.



  4. Did You Know Your Crawler Carriers “Address” is Always Changing?

    November 22, 2013 by Monica Coenen

    Aerial view of Rig Source Inc.Recently the thought crossed my mind that someday my great grandchildren might be shocked to know we all had street addresses to identify where we live. Modern day GPS (global positioning system) allows a common person the ability to locate any coordinate on earth with minimal effort and you’re guaranteed to have no two the same. Is the future “address” of everyone’s home or business destined to be a GPS coordinate?

    While we have no control over our future address system we do have control in knowing where we are at any given time by checking our smartphones or GPS tracking devices. Similarly, this modern technology has given fleet managers control of locating their rental equipment and gathering important information.

    Picture this, you send your crew to a new job site and upon arrival two of the crawler carrier rentals scheduled to be used on the job aren’t there. At first, panic sets in, but then you realize all you need to do is log into your GPS tracking account via a web portal or mobile app to locate the exact coordinates of these crawler carrier rentals. This saves you and your company time and money.

    Most GPS service providers that supply these devices on crawler carriers can report a variety of critical information. Some of these reports can include exact location of crawler carriers, time operating under load, and overall performance. The ability to access information such as hours in operation allows technicians and maintenance crew to schedule upcoming service and ensure the parts needed are available. Performance reports help fleet managers determine the most cost-effective way to operate their rental fleet as well as plan for future rental equipment additions. Not only do these features help you, but it brings a new level of credibility to your company when new rental customers are looking for a dependable organization to do business with.

    Having all of this real-time data at your fingertips 24/7 is a value that’s hard to put a price on. The era of GPS is already changing the way society does business for fleet management so it only seems fair to believe that it’s a matter of time before things like our addresses start following suit. Why not test it out and see just how near or far this change may be? Next time someone asks you for your address go ahead and give them your GPS coordinates instead to see what kind of reaction you get!

     



  5. 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?



  6. 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!



  7. 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!



  8. News: Terramac® is at ICUEE

    October 1, 2013 by Savannah Adkins

    Visit Terramac® ICUEE in booth #N2030! The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) tradeshow is located at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Lousiville, KY!

    Terramac® at ICUEE 2013

    The show runs from October 1-3 so stop by and learn why roads are not required with the Terramac® RT9 rubber tracked crawler carrier. Terramac® will be raffling off an Orca cooler each day for anyone that signs up for a demo of the Terramac® at ICUEE. All winners will be announced on the Terramac® Facebook page. For additional ICUEE tradeshow information, visit the Terramac® website. Rig Source is a proud distributor of Terramac®.



  9. 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.



  10. Rig Source Company Picnic Was a Huge Success

    September 16, 2013 by Savannah Adkins

    Companies, Rig Source and Terramac® hosted their inaugural company picnic at Lions Park in Elburn, Illinois Saturday, September 7th. Employees and their families had the opportunity to come together for a fun filled sports day, dinner, games, raffles, prizes, and one competitive 16 inch softball game. All ages were invited to participate in the day’s events, and we had an amazing turn out combined with great weather.Group-Softball2

    The younger children were fascinated with their water gun and kite giveaways, and the adults took turns testing out the custom made bag sets that were raffled off later in the day. Teen girls, Alicia, Sarah and Calee Luna quickly took over the volleyball court showing up some of our very own club league players while Team Terramac, led by Terramac® sales representative Bobby Dawson, took the softball game win with an overall score of 9-8.

    A delicious buffet style dinner was served later in the evening followed by a generous raffle of prizes. Many guests walked away as winners of various gift cards, coolers, and bag sets in addition to goodie bags full of freebies. The picnic turned out to be a wonderful way for employees to get to know one another, and we are looking forward to making the picnic a company tradition for years to come.

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