Sonic Drilling: The Importance Of Keeping Rigs In Good Working Order

by | Feb 19, 2021

Gone are the days of primitive drilling machinery, nowadays drilling rigs are state-of-the-art and require regular maintenance, calibration and servicing. Nowhere is this more the case than within sonic drilling. The team at Borehole Solutions offers extensive sonic drilling services both here in the UK and further afield. We wanted to look at just some of the reasons for keeping our machinery in tip-top shape.


Small Investment When Compared With Costs For Major Repairs

By getting our sonic drilling rigs regularly serviced by our own in-house fitter, we’re laying down a relatively small investment in return for peace of mind that we’ll not be met with any significant electrical or mechanical failures when on-site. In an industry so weather-dependent and often so time-critical, downtime is the worst-case scenario. Time spent not working is money being lost – and that’s even before you factor in the much costlier repair works, besides. Keeping on top of this maintenance work, therefore, almost entirely removes the risk of any machinery-induced downtime ever occurring.



Another large reason we look after our sonic rigs so well is simply that it’s the right thing to do! The effects of this are two-fold; firstly, the higher we set our own standards across all areas, the better the work across the board as a result. Secondly, it’s a matter of trust. If you’re looking to get some sonic drilling work carried out and the rig that the contractor you hired is using is spluttering and struggling every five seconds, you’re going to question whether they’re really the right professionals for the job.

Get a contractor that rocks up on-site with a rig that looks (and operates) as good as new, and your mind’s going to be put at ease very quickly. Set your standards and set them high.


Why Do Sonic Rigs Require Such Thorough Maintenance?

The answer to this question is perhaps easiest when you consider a list of the different features and parts involved within a sonic drilling rig. Within a typical sonic rig, you’ll find the following:

  • Sonic drill head (featuring innovative sonic vibration oscillator)
  • Load sensing hydraulic system
  • State-of-the-art control system
  • High-pressure water pump
  • Magnetic rod loading arm
  • Rotatable jibboom

You can see, then, with the sheer amount of “moving parts” (though that term this doesn’t really do justice in terms of showing just how complex these rigs are) why our in-house services are needed!


Find Out More About Sonic Drilling!

Sonic drilling is an increasingly popular intrusive method here in the UK, and with good reason. Offering faster, cleaner and safer drilling, there aren’t many reasons not to consider it. We’ve written previously written a more comprehensive guide on the process which you can read, here!


Contact Borehole Solutions

So, if you’d like to find out more about our sonic drilling services, then get in touch. Contact Borehole Solutions today by calling us on 01733 200 501 or by emailing us at