Simon and Donnald Massé of Groupe Puitbec in Victoriaville, Que., shared details of their DRC-10-A, a drill rig they custom-designed for hard-to-reach residential sites.
The contractors designed a 10-inch dual-rotary crawler with a slide angle mast to answer their company’s own need for a rig that would fit into tight quarters on smaller residential jobs. They are selling under the name Nordic Drill.
“We have run DR rigs for 15 years. With the residential markets, we were looking for a smaller DR mounted on a crawler as opposed to wheels,” Simon Massé said.
With legislation setting out strict distances between septic tanks and water wells, getting drill rigs onto work sites can be difficult and require tight manoeuvring, he said. “Even the smallest DR was too heavy, too strong and too expensive for such jobs.”
After searching Europe for a suitable rig and not finding the exact equivalent, they set about customizing an American-style rig.
They started drilling using the new rig in September 2014 and it was a big success, he said. “It was not our original goal to sell to contractors, but people were interested.”
Since then several companies from Ontario, western Canada and the United States have approached him looking for solutions for tricky jobs. Custom-building a rig is a less expensive option but a long process, he said.
Their second machine was sold to the InSitu Contractors in Guelph, Ont., and they lent it back to the Massés to display at the Canadian ground water trade show in Niagara Falls in June. Their third rig is nearly finished and they expect to finish a fourth one in August. The long-term goal is to sell to the international market.
The smaller, lighter crawler is designed for easier setup on difficult-to-access sites, inflicts less damage on sites, and requires less site preparation.
Compared to a conventional air rotary drill, the DRC-10-A allows for accuracy amid overburden under tough conditions, good sampling and screen installations. It also makes extraction of the casing easier and helps keep the work site clean.
The machine is run by remote control and features an anti-rotation system. It is very safe to operate, Massé said.
The slide angle mast is useful for specialized drilling and mining, allows for reverse circulation drilling, drilling for anchors and pile drilling.
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