Rapid percussion drills refer to a standard method of drilling which operates by pounding in a standard 2″ split spoon by rapid percussion. Additional drilling rods are added on an iterative basis to collect samples from increasing depths. Although these units can be used to depths of 20 feet or greater, they are much more effective for depths of 10-15 feet or less. The primary difference between these drills is the power source.
Pionjar – powered by an on-board gasoline engine – best suited to outdoor and remote locations.
PEP – Portable Electric Percussion – powered by 15amp, 110 volt electric generator – best suited for indoor locations, or easy access outdoor locations.
Rota-Hammer – powered by 18hp hydraulic power unit – best suited for indoor locations, or easy access outdoor locations.
The Principal Advantage of These Units:
Tooling: All units use standard AW drilling rods (1.75″) which greatly reduces rod and spoon breakage that is common with 1″ rods, commonly used by other drillers.
Size: These units can go virtually any area where a person can go. Popular areas for their use include basements, slopes, remote areas, tight areas around machinery or other obstacles, up or down stairs, shallow surface sampling, and other areas not accessible by our larger units.
Mobility: Mobilization between boreholes is rapid, with very little set up time.
Concrete & Asphalt: – Penetrated with a rock bit on the Pionjar, or core machine with diamond bit for indoor applications (Rota-hammer, PEP).
Emissions & Noise: Pionjar is relatively loud and has a rich fume – used for outdoor areas only. Rota-hammer and PEP have no fumes, and reduced, intermittent noise at borehole location, as power sources can be positioned outside.
Monitoring Wells: Small diameter wells can be installed; large enough for waterra, bailers, and water level/interface meter probe.
Cross Contamination: The Pionjar uses a gas/oil mixture at the borehole location, while the Rota-Hammer uses a vegetable based hydraulic oil and the PEP does not use fluids at the borehole.
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