TR Drills Acquires Tulsa Trenchless Drill Assets and Designs

Tulsa Rig Iron has sold its subsidiary Tulsa Trenchless’ assets and designs to TR Drills of Ontario, Canada. The models included in the sale are the 7,000- to 40,000-lb rigs.

TR Drills co-founder Roger Woods is the original creator of the drills. The STS-106 drill first used the same design of hydraulic thrust cylinder as used in the TR line of drill. Along with his co-founder and business partner Andy Braithwaite, Woods saw an opportunity to bring the high quality and performance of Tulsa Rig Iron’s tradition into the future. Braitwaite, who has many years of experience, is well respected in the trenchless industry.

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 “I knew that when I built the first Model 106 it would stand the test of time and I am confident about the new changes we have made to that drill. It’s exciting to see the evolution of that drill come to light,” says Woods.

 “Tulsa Rig Iron has much confidence in the ability of TR Drills to continue and improve what the TR line of drills is known for quality, power and reliability,” said Troy Young, vice president of Tulsa Rig Iron.

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The most significant and unique aspect of the TR Drill is a patented hydraulic cylinder feed system, which will completely eliminate the issue of motor stall that frequently occurs on rack and pinion drills. Built with the same raw power of Tulsa Rig Iron, the new evolved version of the line of TR drills will have the smallest footprint to power ratio than any other drill in the industry making remote drilling much easier than in the past, Woods says.

It’s not just functionality that will set the new line of TR Drills apart from the competition but visually the new changes and advancements to the drill design will bring HDD drilling into the next generation. The company’s new re-branding program, which will see new sleek lines and a bright green color added, are all part of the way TR Drills is innovating and designing with the future in mind.

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Braithwaite, who began 25 years ago as a driller himself, says: “I believe the new TR Drills will make an impact on the HDD industry, because the drill is uniquely built with drillers in mind.” Woods and Braithwaite express that no detail went without notice and the true benefits of superb engineering will be realized on the jobsite, with a significant decrease in the costs associated with down time.

The new line of TR Drills will be available starting December 2012 and will begin with a rollout of the TR-7, TR-14 and TR-40 drills, with more to come later in the year.

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