Wilson Construction's latest addition to our drilling fleet is the Watson 3110. In its current configuration it is mounted on a TOR Crane carrier chassis with a rolling weight of approximately 95,000 lbs. Wilson ordered this 4 axle all wheel drive carrier with a live drive axle incorporated in the front steering axles to help with rough terrain and traction issues. It is capable of traveling over road at a respectable 60 mph which will help greatly with mobility over long distance moves to drilling locations on a single job and from job to job. The upper drilling unit is the latest version of Watson Incs well proven 3000 series design. The drill itself has the capacity to develop approximately 113,000 ft-lbs of torque and the ability to drill an 8 diameter hole to 80 feet in depth. It is not uncommon for this unit to drill 10 and 12 diameter holes.
Wilson Construction's pressure auger fleet also operates the LoDril XHTFB60. This high performance drilling attachment is custom mounted and fully integrated with a CAT 330C model excavator. This combination has historically proven to be one of the most efficient drills, particularly for the transmission line construction industry. Wilson uses this drill, primarily, to perform excavation for drilled shaft piers and caissons associated with the installation of foundations for lattice steel and tubular steel structures. It is also used to drill holes for direct embedded structures, distribution structures and substation footings.
Several advantages in using the LoDril compared to conventional drill rigs are:
- Low overhead clearance under communication and power
- Reduced site preparation and impact for construction of roads and site pads
- 360° rotation
- High degree of boom articulation for difficult terrain
- High torque and large diameter/depth in a compact package
Capabilities of the Fatboy 60:
- 30 Boom height
- 60 total working depth
- 60,000 ft-lbs of torque
- Drilled shaft diameters up to 8 depending on soil conditions
With a great diversity in foundation designs we have been able to achieve innovative approaches in construction methods that allow high productivity and problem solving techniques as field conditions change. Coupled with efficient support equipment, tools and crew leadership with combined experience of over 60 years, Wilson is able to complete quality projects, on time, at the greatest value to our customer.
Let us help you accomplish your installation goals. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
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