Small Drills Speed Up Soil Sampling

Geotechnical engineers don’t have time to wait for the other guys to conduct their soil sampling tests, and 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 of compact drills:

Get the 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. Larger augers, such as our Big Beaver and LST1G+ or LST1G+HD, drill as deep as 100 feet and perform in a variety of conditions. This allows geotechnical engineers to quickly collect several samples as wide as 6 inches at varying depths for standard penetration tests. This may include collecting soil samples for building a hospital or shopping mall to determine the required pier depth.

Easily Maneuver in Tight Spots

When a job occurs in tight spaces, removing obstacles to get to a soil sampling site isn’t always practical. And, even when it’s doable, it adds extra expenses and time. Little Beaver manufactures soil sampling drills as narrow as 26 inches to easily get through confined areas, such as gates, without damaging the turf. Each unit weighs as little as 730 pounds, including the soil sampling attachments, which makes for easy maneuverability across weight-restricted areas, like township roads.

Save Money and Add Revenue

Compact drills are economical to purchase and operate, making it easy to get a high ROI on small soil sampling projects. For starters, geotechnical engineers eliminate the costs associated with hiring someone else to take their soil sampling tests, which can cost thousands of dollars depending on the types of tests and area of the country. If a technician charges $3,000 per sample project and a quality compact drill costs $20,000-$30,000, the geotechnical engineer could easily recover his or her investment in as little as six months. This means more money in the geotechnical engineer’s pocket as well as gaining the 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, work with an experienced manufacturer who can not only help select the right drill for the job, but also tests it and follows up with training and service after the sale. That combination leads to a low total cost of ownership and fast ROI.

Want more details about compact soil sampling drills? Check out our soil sampling page or contact us.