Big Beaver Power Boost
When Kodiak brought Big Beaver drilling to southern Ontario in 1996, it was revolutionary in the field of limited access drilling. A machine that was larger and more powerful than the Pionjar and smaller and more nimble than the truck and track mounted machines commonly being used. We brought the capability of doing SPTs with small equipment and introduced the concept of running a drill that was physically separate from a power unit, allowing for drilling indoors without fumes. Since that time, other modifications have been made, including the introduction of “Shorty”; a short tower that allows us to run the 140lb hammer with only 8ft of headroom.
Now, a significant improvement has been made to one of our units by increasing the output of the power source by over 30% (from 18hp to 24hp). This increase has allowed us to change the rotation head to increase the torque from ~500 ft lbs to ~800 ft lbs ! Although the penetration of the drill is still subject to the weight limitations of the machine, the increased rotation torque will allow us to rotate through more difficult formations. We are constantly being pressured by our clients to push the limits with this machine – this will allow us to push even further in many instances.