What Additional Equipment Could I Need With My Drilling Rig Hire?

by | Apr 18, 2023

Regardless of the work you’re carrying out, your first step will always be choosing the right rig for the job. To complete it to the highest possible standard, however, it won’t be the only step. More often than not, you’re also going to need some extras alongside the rig hire. Many unfortunate contractors only realise this once they’re on-site, so you can only imagine how much time this wastes.

At Borehole Solutions, however, we’ve got a little mantra when it comes to our projects: ‘preparation makes perfect.’  With this in mind, our team wanted to take you through some of these frequently requested extras. If this helps at least one of you make the right hiring decisions, then it’ll be worth it for sure!

Track Mats for Your Rig Hire

If you’re living in the UK, you have probably noticed we get a fair bit of rain here. It might be perfect for some things – watering the plants, having an excuse to stay in, but drilling? Less so. As you’d expect, drilling rigs are rather heavy – even our smaller ones. A waterlogged site unsurprisingly makes the work far more difficult, not to mention the struggles of accessing the site itself.

In your drilling rig hire, be sure to include track mats, as they provide a simple solution to this. Track mats provide traction in even the most challenging of conditions. Despite being an additional cost, they’re quite economical; just think of all that time and stress you’ll be saving on-site!

Flotation Tyres

As the name gives away, this rig hire extra is designed to ‘float’ over the ground’s surface. No, not over water – although with the amount of rain we get, the ground may often feel like it’s water! These bespoke traction options ensure minimal ground pressure, which is particularly useful for cable percussion drilling. These tyres are particularly important in environmentally sensitive areas, as well as in more agricultural settings. For more information about flotation tyres, click here!

LOLER-Stamped Casing Stillages

These metal cages are designed to carry our wide-diameter rig casings, making moving them quicker, easier and safer. Understandably, safety is the most important factor when transporting any kind of heavy machinery. In fact, under LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998), driller safety is critical within the drilling industry.

Casing Jacks

From time to time, casing can sometimes get stuck in a borehole once drilling has finished. With a casing jack on hand, however, you can quickly and easily resolve this. In fact, they don’t even have to be operated with a rig. Their immense pulling power alone can dislodge trapped casing with ease.

Contact Borehole Solutions

The rig hire is the basis of any geotechnical investigation to be sure, but remember our mantra, preparation makes perfection! To find out more about any additional equipment you could need, who better than the Borehole Solutions team! Call us on 01733 200501, send an email to info@boreholesolutions.com, or click here to speak to the team today.