5 Ways to Reduce Foundation Drilling Costs on Your Job Site

Posted by Kirin Hoyano on Jan 24, 2019 11:17:45 AM
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Looking to reduce foundation drilling costs? You’re in the right place. Today we’ll share five drilling parts that will save you money over the long term—creating a more sustainable operation and ultimately, a stronger business.

How to Lower Costs: 5 Drilling Parts You Need


1. Polymer Drilling Fluids for Faster, Cleaner Drilling

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 Image source: KB International

While most drilling sites use bentonite drilling fluid, we’re seeing an increasing trend toward the use of polymer-based fluids.

Why is this?

Polymers often result in faster job completion and lower overall costs. Polymer-based drilling fluids can pay for themselves—and more—with the money they save on the job.

Here’s how polymer drilling fluid works:

Polymers make a slippery water-based gel that lubricates the borehole far better than bentonite. With less torque and drag on the drill bit, the drill runs faster and cooler. As a result, the job is usually finished in less time—up to 75% less in our experience—and the drill bit doesn’t heat up as much, which extends its service life.

The upshot? Faster job completion which saves you on hourly labor and makes for happy clients.

And what about cleanup and disposal?

Bentonite is a very reactive clay that can keep heavy metals and other toxins in suspension. When the job is done, you must clean it up and haul it off site for disposal  as industrial waste.

Polymer gels are water soluble. There’s no need to clean them up after a job, and no need to pay haulaway or disposal fees. At Traxxon, we’ve seen projects where the disposal savings alone have covered the additional costs of polymer drilling fluid.

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2. Bauer Drill Rigs: Higher Efficiency Means On-Site Savings

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From a product perspective, some of your biggest cost savings can come from the choice of drill. Bauer drill rigs are proven to reduce on-site costs long-term thanks to their Energy Efficient Power (EEP) system. These rigs have been completely re-engineered for higher power output and lower energy input.

The result? They deliver more productivity with less fuel.

With EEP technology, the drills run at higher speed. Operators can use several independent functions at once, which makes it easier to handle the drilling rig while increasing operator efficiency. The EEP system recovers the energy released as the drill is lowered, which leads to a huge reduction in fuel consumption, especially when drilling deep boreholes.

Thanks to the improved efficiency of the drills, the EEP system can increase productivity up to 10%, and reduce fuel consumption up to 20%. The ROI for these drills is excellent.


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 Image source: Bauer Maschinen

3. Betek Drilling Teeth: Lower TCO for Long-Term Savings

If you do large-diameter drilling on hard ground, you’ll appreciate the cost savings from using Betek drilling teeth.

These teeth may seem costly up front, but like many high-quality designs, they deliver cost savings that pay for themselves. The TCO—total cost of ownership—from Betek drilling teeth is far lower over the long term.

This is achieved in two ways:

1. Thanks to their high quality, Betek teeth simply break less often. This means fewer tooth changes, and as a result, more production time for your crew.

And when you pay your crew by the hour, you want maximum productivity.

2. Drilling is faster, especially on tough ground. When it comes to drilling through rock, Betek teeth are the best in the industry—faster and longer lasting.

When you’re facing a tough job, time is money. 

4. Betek TungStuds: Longer Lasting Wear Studs for Extended Drilling Time

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Image source: Betek

Whether you work in construction, mining, or oil, you know the kind of wear that happens when metal grinds through ground. When your ground engaging parts start to wear, you’re in for downtime, and costly maintenance—usually welding or sacrificial wear plates of hardened steel.

Wear is inevitable. But with TungStuds, your drilling faces will last longer. You’ll lose less drilling time, and get more drilling done.

How do TungStuds work?

TungStuds are studs that are welded on to your drill. When in place, the TungStuds are the first drill parts to come into contact with the ground.

Their Tungsten Carbide Core can withstand even the most extreme conditions.

They take the abrasive forces better, and last longer, than any other option we know of.

TungStuds are welded on at the job site using a stud welder. Application is much faster than traditional welding techniques.

Bonus: anyone can be trained to apply TungStuds—there’s no need for a certified welder.

TungStuds deliver real savings on the job site. They last longer, which leads to less downtime. They help reduce maintenance on your equipment, which lowers your total costs. And by taking the brunt of the wear, they can extend the service life of your costly drilling equipment.

5. KLEMM Drills for Longer Lasting Performance

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Want a reliable drill that will last?

KLEMM drills are some of the most powerful and efficient drills on the market. Made in Germany under the most stringent conditions, KLEMM drills are incredibly long-lasting.

And the longer a drill lasts, the less money you’ll spend in the long term.

KLEMM’s cutting-edge equipment is packed with features, such as hydraulic power sharing and automatic throttle adjustment, to help you get the job done.

KLEMM’s EEP (Energy Efficient  Power)-assist system offers automatic power and energy management. This means the engine speed is adapted automatically and dynamically according to the load and operating status.

The result? Reduced fuel consumption and a lower noise emission level.

KLEMM’s accompanying parts, Power Packs are attached as separate drives for KLEMM’s 702 and 704 compact drill rigs. Power Pack drives are available in both diesel or electric power. Both drives are low in emissions, which helps reduce your overall fuel costs.

KLEMM drills help lower your total cost of ownership, thanks to industry-leading power, longevity and lower operating costs.

Conclusion

To build a sustainable, profitable business, it’s often wise to look past initial product costs. Digging deeper into total operating costs and total cost of ownership will give you a clearer picture of how to save money long term.

Choosing high quality products will help you get the job done—and make a profit while you’re at it.

Topics: Traxxon Foundation Equipment

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