A water mains replacement on the border of Southern and Northern Ireland was achieved swiftly and efficiently using the TRACTO GRUNDODRILL 18ACS. The compact machine, owned by McFaddens Civil Engineering, was put through its paces at the start of a mains installation during an operator training day for the company, who had just bought the second-hand unit.
TRACTO Service Manager and Engineer, Pete Atkins, along with T.A.Drilling (Sales) Limited’s Service Manager, Jim Styles spent a full day working with operator, Charlie McHugh, an experienced trenchless technology technician, on a live job to demonstrate the benefits of drilling with an 18ACS. Thanks to the compact overall dimensions of the rig; a huge benefit of this particular drill, one lane of the road in Drumlitten, Co Leitrim, was able to remain open during the works, ensuring minimal inconvenience to commuters. Larger drill rigs, with similar performance characteristics, often require a full road closure – with all of the associated disruption.
A distance of 110m of 250 MDPE out of the total job of 600m was completed on day one, although, under normal operating conditions, this figure would be significantly more. The full job was completed over the next couple of days thanks to rapid adoption of the new technology.
McFaddens, who took delivery of the machine earlier this year, is a renowned national operator with extensive experience in open cut, trenchless and HDD drilling. The company wanted a machine that was capable of drilling in all ground conditions and the 18ACS switches from hard rock to soft sand with ease. The beauty of using a GRUNDRORILL 18ACS is not only superior productivity but the comfort provided for the operator by way of a full cabin with ergonomic seat and controls.