June 8, 2018 Drilling holes in the ground. That’s the name of the game. Knowledge of the various drilling methods–anchored earth retention, pile construction, drilled shaft foundations–etc. is paramount. Also, it is recommended that you have a sober operator behind your half million dollar piece of machinery. But none of this matters without the proper equipment. There’s plenty of job site issues that seem unavoidable–delays, change-orders, budget overruns, etc.–But we like to think you do have control over the choice of equipment you and your team made months, if not years, before you were even on this job. What makes a great drilling rig? The size? Engine power? Torque? The ability to operate and maneuver in difficult conditions? Pile Buck believes a solid drilling rig encompasses all of these qualities (and more), but we’ve used these parameters to narrow down our favorite rigs on the market today. Here are Pile Buck’s choices for the top foundation drilling rigs on the market today, in no particular order…
EK160 (CZM Foundation Equipment)
The EK160 is engineered in response to customer demands for a machine with the power of a larger model and the ease of greater mobility- it can be transported in one load. It is available in standard and short masts and has transport weights of 100,000lbs/91,000lbs with the Kelly bar. Built on a CAT 330F base with an installed 242 horsepower, the EK160 delivers an impressive maximum effective torque force of 151,100lbs. It has all set up functions inside the cabin and it can be drilling minutes after unloading from the truck. It also has automatic operator assistance features, like mast auto level, return to center, high spin off, auto gear shifting for rotary and main winch, drill lock and telematics. This machine has excellent stability due to hydraulic extendable crawlers, additional counterweight and a mast manufactured in “Weldox” steel (light weight – high yield strength) and has a max drilling diameter of 11ft.
Standard Chassis: CAT330F L (Tier IV)
Application: Kelly Bar
Installed Power: 242 hp
Maximum Nominal Torque: 134,300 lbf.ft
Main Winch Nominal Pull Line: 41,000 lbf
Crowd Force: 44,200 lbf
Maximum Depth: 120 ft
Maximum Diameter: 10 ft
Minimum Transport Weight: 91,000 lb
In March, CZM Foundation Equipment announced the appointment William Johnson as Service Manager for the company. He will oversee technical support, rental fleet support, warranty support and machine mobilization. His job will also entail that of service plans, Kelly Bar refurbishment, and service needs. Johnson has been with CZM 6 years and was previously Product Support Manager. CZM Foundation Equipment offers a comprehensive line of machines engineered for a variety of foundation applications, including portable and truck-mounted equipment, mini-crawler, excavator and crane-mounted equipment. CZM Foundation Equipment is the American division of CZM Corp., the leading foundation equipment manufacturer in South America, founded in Brazil in 1976. CZM Corp. manufacturers distributes a wide range of models worldwide. The U.S. home office and manufacturing facility is in Pembroke, GA just outside of Savannah. For more information, visit www.czm-us.com
In March, CZM Foundation Equipment announced the appointment Ward Black as Parts and Service Representative for the company. He will oversee technical support, parts sales, service plans, repairs and service sales. He was previously Quality Control Supervisor and has been both in the field and in production for the past 5 years. CZM Foundation Equipment offers a comprehensive line of machines engineered for a variety of foundation applications, including portable and truck-mounted equipment, mini-crawler, excavator and crane-mounted equipment. CZM Foundation Equipment is the American division of CZM Corp., the leading foundation equipment manufacturer in South America, founded in Brazil in 1976. CZM Corp. manufacturers distributes a wide range of models worldwide. The U.S. home office and manufacturing facility is in Pembroke, GA just outside of Savannah. For more information, visit www.czm-us.com
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Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 29, 2017 CZM Foundation Equipment has partnered with ML Utilities Fleet Solutions a division of ML Cranes and Equipment based in Charlotte, NC. ML Utilities Fleet Solutions is a fleet solution for utility companies providing rentals, services and parts. ML Cranes began in 2011 and supports the excavation, utility, scrap, demolition, bridge construction, quarry and recycling industries. ML Cranes is a division of McClung-Logan Equipment Company which started in 1939 and has eight locations throughout Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. “ML has a strong history and a tenacious team in place. We are eager to move into this next phase of business with CZM,” said Mickey Hodges, Director of Utilities Solutions for ML. “Our team is looking forward to the partnership with them. They have the premier drill rig for the Electrical Utilities industry,” he said. Hodges says that CZM’s machines work well for the utilities industry because the drill mast center of gravity is closer to the base which equal’s greater crowd force and mast stability therefore more production is achieved in auguring rock holes, and transport weight, and that the setup of the CZM drill is ideal for aiding in production and cost savings to the end user. “CZM product being Made in America with parts and technical support located in Savannah, GA made this an easy choice for ML Utilities decision to partner with Team CZM,” said Hodges. Giuliano Clo, President of CZM said that CZM is known for its superior drilling machines and is eager to provide track drill rigs especially designed for utility work. Machines that will drill holes and assist on setting the poles. “We are looking forward to developing a machine that will not only drill holes but also set poles for utility companies. Most companies will be using our EK65, EK125 and occasionally the EK160, but our engineering team will be working with ML experienced personnel and its customers to refine a perfect solution,” said Clo. ML service technicians will be trained to by CZM technicians and work alongside them in the field, providing the commitment of fast, excellent service CZM customers know. “We are excited to partner with ML Utilities. They bring years of experience with their management, sales and service teams, along with long standing relationships and a deep understanding of what the small utility markets needs are. We know that they will represent CZM well in this area.” Barrett Rahn, US Sales Manager, CZM said. For more information, contact: Barrett Rahn 912.200.7661 [email protected] Click here for more information on ML Utilities Fleet Solutions.