WorldWide Drilling Resource

26 DECEMBER 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® 257 Caroline Street Punxsutawney, PA 15767 800-927-0560 • 814-427-2555 Fax: 814-427-5164 SERVING THE WATER WELL INDUSTRY Serving the Drilling Industry Groundwater Week Booth 1001 Small Drills Speed Up Soil Sampling by Joe Haynes, Lone Star Drills president Geotechnical engineers don’t have time to wait for someone else to conduct their soil sampling tests. With a compact drill, they don’t have to. Compact drills provide an easy-to-use and productive solution for fast soil sampling. Here are three benefits compact drills bring to soil sampling: Power to Drill Fast - Soil sampling jobs for geotechnical or standard penetration rate tests must be done in a variety of soils, from sandy to hard rock formations, so operators need a rig that easily powers through whatever is ahead. Many compact rigs can drill as deep as 100 feet and perform in a variety of conditions. This allows geotechnical engineers to quickly collect several samples at varying depths for standard penetration tests. Easy Maneuverability for Tight Spots - In tight spaces, removing obstacles to get to a soil sampling site isn’t always practical. Even when it’s doable, it adds time and expenses. Compact drills, some as narrow as 26 inches, easily fit through confined spaces without damaging the turf. Units weighing as little as 730 pounds allow for easy maneuverability across weight-restricted areas, like township roads. Savings and Additional Revenue Options - Compact drills are economical to purchase and operate, making it easy to get a high ROI (return on investment) on small soil sampling projects. For starters, geotechnical engineers eliminate the costs associated with hiring someone else to conduct their soil tests, which can cost thousands of dollars depending on the types of tests and area of the country. This means more money in the geotechnical engineer’s pocket, as well as flexibility and freedom over when the tests are conducted rather than waiting on a soil sampling company. After deciding to make the compact drill purchase, contractors should work with an experienced manufacturer who can not only help select the right drill for the job, but also test it and follow up with training and service after the sale. This combination leads to a lower total cost of ownership and faster ROI. Lone Star Drills are innovative additions to the Little Beaver product family that are designed to be a convenient, powerful solution in areas with minimal resources for transportation and operation. Twelve models are available, and they are ideal for use in a variety of applications including water well drilling, soil sampling, geotechnical testing, and auger drilling. ENV