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Epiroc introduces Valoria VA20 water well drill rig

September 13, 2021  By Ground Water Canada

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Epiroc has announced its Valoria VA20, a modular water well drill rig designed to provide flexibility and productivity with a low investment.

The VA20 is designed to meet the changing demands of the market while continuing to reduce total cost of ownership, the company said in a news release.

The versatile drill rig is built with sturdy construction and rugged components.


The VA20 allows contractors to select the preferred carrier to create the right configurations for their drilling operation. Customers can purchase the VA20 along with truck assembled at factory or as a module to easily mount it locally on the truck of their choice.

Equipped with a rugged rotary head featuring a single hydraulic motor drive for rotary and down-the-hole drilling, the VA20 can reach depths up to 280 metres (900 feet) with a final diameter of 165 millimetres (6.5 inches).

It has 10.8 kilonewton (23,800 pounds) of pullback force and 5.09 kN (11,600 lb.) of pulldown force as well as a table opening of 270 mm (10.6 in.). A highly efficient cable feed system can trip out of the hole at speeds around 84 m (275 ft.) per minute, the company says.

The manual single rod loader facilitates the rod operations directly from the rod box for safer operation.

All operational functions of the VA20 rig are mechanically controlled from the driller’s console with clear separation of main and auxiliary functions. The ergonomic layout allows for increased operator comfort for maximum productivity levels. Large display gauges, performance indicators with alarms, LED lights for safe night drilling and an emergency stop ensure operator and crew safety.

“The VA20 drill rig is rigorously field tested and proven for water well drilling application,” says Hrishikesh Labdhe, product manager for Epiroc’s water well drill division. “It has field-proven fuel efficiency, higher drilling speeds and safety over conventional drills. We have carefully built in many efficiencies in this machine for our customers that will help them keep the investment at the lowest while getting faster returns.”

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