The importance of prepping your Drill Rig for winter
As the winter approaches so does the impending cold and everything that comes along with it. Here are a few tips for preparing your equipment for the cold.
The cold weather can take a serious toll on our valuable equipment. Things like rapid temperature changes of fluids, condensation, ice, and wind can wreak havoc. Fortunately there are some steps you can take to reduce the chance of break downs.
Often overlooked until it’s too late. A batteries functionality decreases dramatically as temperatures drop below freezing. To reduce the chance of a no start condition you can:
Todays fuel systems are not what they used to be. Tolerances are tighter and materials and sensors are more sensitive to contamination. In the winter months the fuel blend changes to try to combat gelling. While this (sometimes) works, it also causes other issues like lack of lubricity.
Steps you can take to protect your fuel system:
Overall the hydraulic system is pretty robust but can be susceptible to damage in the cold. General maintenance is your best friend here.
Gear Boxes and Planetaries
It’s crucial to inspect fluid level and quality in gear boxes and planetary assemblies. These components are common to have water and dirt contamination which can lead to bearing failures and cases cracking when the water freezes.
Water and Air Systems
It goes without saying that your water injection systems are susceptible to freezing but many don’t give the same care to air systems. Air systems and plumbing that is sometimes used for both water and air are prone to moisture and condensation buildup. Freezing can cause severe failures.
Overall Rig Inspections
Aside from general maintenance it can be extremely valuable to have a qualified technician complete a thorough inspection of the entire rig. Inspecting the rig can help identify failures BEFORE they stop the job. Finding these issues allows you to plan the repairs and not have the repairs plan your day. Drillers’ Choice technicians will perform a complete inspection and deliver a report with an action plan to bring the rig up to par. An experience tech can also identify early signs of failures. Repairing components before they are allowed to cause damage to other components can be critical to time and cost savings. In the winter months this can be even more so when factoring in day light, job site access, and extreme temperatures that can slow or stop repair work. Catching and repairing these issues in a controlled environment and timeframe is best for everyone involved.
Overall general maintenance and preventative repairs will reduce down time and money lost in the winter months. In the event you still experience a breakdown Drillers’ Choice will be there for you.
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