What Extras Do I Need With My Rig Hire?

by | Aug 10, 2020

Choosing what rig you need for your project is only the first step in carrying out your geotechnical work. As a contractor, there are often additional extras you’ll need to hire in order to deliver your project to the highest standard possible. Unfortunately, many of these contractors don’t realise that this kit is needed until it comes to it, when they’re already on-site. A little mantra that we have here at Borehole Solutions is ‘Preparation makes perfect’. We wanted to take you through some of our most frequently requested rig hire extras, so that your project is never left up a creek, without the proverbial paddle.

Track Mats

You may not have noticed, but we tend to get a fair bit of rain here in the UK. Whilst this may be perfect for our feathered friends, it’s less than ideal for drilling. Waterlogged site conditions provide difficult working conditions. As well as problems in terms of access. Drilling rigs (even our smaller ones) are heavy pieces of kit. Therefore they become bogged down in muddy conditions very easily; if you don’t plan accordingly. Track mats offer a simple workaround to this, offering rigs traction in even the most sodden of conditions. They’re an economical rig hire extra, financially speaking, saving contractors a considerable amount of both time and stress, when on-site.

Flotation Tyres

Used most commonly in agriculture, flotation tyres are designed to ‘float’ over the surface over which they travel. Here at Borehole Solutions, we offer low-pressure flotation tyres, made bespoke specifically for cable percussion drilling, to ensure minimal ground pressure. This is particularly important in more environmentally-sensitive areas, where reducing the impact on the local environment may be of particular concern. Or in an active agricultural setting. The ‘floating’ method also helps prevent rigs from becoming bogged down in muddy conditions.

LOLER-Stamped Casing Stillages

Our stillages are metal cages designed to carry our wide diameter rig casings. One of the reasons they’re so popular is because they make manoeuvring equipment much quicker and easier. Most importantly, however, they make moving equipment safer. LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) compliance is critical in the drilling industry, because when you’re transporting any kind of heavy machinery, regardless of whether this be on-site or not, driller safety is paramount. As a driller, you need to know that what you’re using to transport (and lift) your drilling equipment is watertight from a safety standpoint.

Casing Jacks

Occasionally, casing can get stuck in a borehole after drilling has been completed. In these scenarios, casing jacks are required to help retrieve the casing. A particular benefit of casing jacks is that they can operate with or without a rig, and have a huge pulling power for their size. Without a casing jack at your disposal, stuck casing can prove a nuisance. With one, however, and the situation is quickly and efficiently rectified.

The rig acts as the basis for any geotechnical site investigation, and rightly so. But there are so many other additional pieces of equipment that are, more often than not, needed in order to deliver a project more effectively. The takeaway from this, if nothing else, should be a doubling down of that mantra, that preparation makes perfect.

If you don’t equip yourself properly, you stand to leave yourself in the lurch. So, if you’d like to find out more about our rig hire bolt-ons and additional hireable equipment, then get in touch! Contact Borehole Solutions today on 01733 200 501. Or visit our instagram for more on what we can offer.