“We are very dedicated and aim toleave a positive impression after the completion of a job. With the newdirectional drills we added in the last few years, we can accomplish thingsthat we couldn’t do before,” says Reime.
With the strong assemblage ofequipment, Reime can handle jobs ranging from cables and fiber tomicro-trenching and asphalt work. The specialized skill set of the company andpracticality in utility installation projects made Reime Maskin the idealcandidate to solve an issue at a hiking cabin.
“There is a small house on top of ahill that hikers use as a shelter. The community owns the building and wantedto add a restroom facility for the hikers. They brought us in to install a 4-in.(10.2 cm) HDPE sewer pipe,” Reime says.
“The Norwegians really love theirnature and scenery. Hiking is a very big sport over here. An ugly plastic sewerpipe lying on the mountain was not an option for this community,” Reime says.
When the plan was created, itcalled for a single bore that would run 246 ft (74.9 m), the length of themountain. At the deepest point, the bore would be 39 ft (11.9 m) below thesurface. To achieve these demands, Reime implemented the D36x50DR because ofits viability in solid rock applications; they mounted a 6.5-in. (16.5-cm)tricone roller bit and used regular bentonite for lubrication.
Adjustments were made to ensurethat the pilot bore progressed in the most efficient manner possible. Reimetweaked the rpm/thrust combinations, eventually increasing the thrust anddecreasing the rpms, which accelerated the overall speed of the project.
“The community had been looking toadd a restroom to that shelter for some time, and this piece of equipmenthelped them realize their goal. By using the right settings we were able to getthrough the hard rock,” Reime says. “The bit and drill head combination alsoworked well and the steerability was good. Overall I was amazed at how well ithandled the conditions and really tested what the machine can do.”
Darren Cline is awriter with Two Rivers Marketing in DesMoines, Iowa.