What exactly do you need to look for in drilling rigs before making a purchase?
Are you among those who tend to acquire a drill rig just because it can cover the many different aspects of your business, or are you the one who tends to go for a drill rig that can work beyond the core scope of your business?
Are you enthusiastically looking for a brand new technology in the drill rig space applicable to your business requirements or would you rather stick with what has been working for your company in the last 20 years or so?
Things to ponder upon when shopping for a drill rig:
- Ease of use
- Level of safety
The 3 factors given above complement each other.
A piece of drilling equipment that is easy to use and reliably good increases its inherent safety, provided that you are using it within the recommended limits set by the manufacturer and that you operate your equipment properly and correctly.
Identifying the right rig to have for your business is no different from finding the right tool needed to execute any job.
Anyone can conveniently install a drywall nail with a heavy sledgehammer, but up to what extent of risk can we take? The same scenario is applicable when you’re trying to smash cement using a heavy drywall hammer. Of course, the job can be accomplished, but the thing is how much time would it take you to?
Below are some of the 3 important questions you need to answer if you have plans of investing in brand new equipment:
- What kind of drilling project will require 85% of your business time?
- What type of geology are you likely to encounter at least more than 85% of the time?
- In what area of your business does 85% of your time take place?
For the first question, what is 85% of your business comprised of?
The rig that is necessitated to perform 85% of your business is much more productive as opposed to a purchased rig that is primarily designed to cover specialty projects. True, a big rig can handle drilling every imaginable size hole, only that at what cost?
The next concern we have is the kind of geology that we are likely to come across, more often than others, at least 85% of the time?
In high water table areas that come with consolidated and unconsolidated rock formations, mud rotary has been proven by many in the industry as highly productive. Low water table with dense formations or fractured zones is ideal for use in air rotary.
If there is one downside to the use of smaller rigs, it has something to do with the capabilities of the air compressor. In hard rock formations, a downhole hammer is irreplaceable, there is so much truth in this most especially if you are going to drill through a few hundred feet of hard rock formation.
And finally, what kind of location do the majority of your business, 85% of which take place? Do you find yourself working and drilling for urban areas, for housing development, or in the midst of vast fields? The ideal rig should be on and off location in as easy as quick as a snap.
The bigger the scale of the job is, the more time is required to move the machine in and out. The bigger scale of the job is, the greater are the odds that there is going to be a road built for access. The best and the most appropriate time to look for the right drilling rigs to use for your business is after you’ve found answers to the above questions.