Soilmec unleashes new generation of drilling rigs
The new SM-14 drilling rig can operate parallel to its tracks
Bauma will be the platform for Soilmec’s next generation of hydraulic drilling rigs for large diameter piles and smaller drilling rigs for micropiles and anchoring. The new rigs have been designed by the ground engineering specialist to improve productivity and operating flexibility and are installed with tier 3 and 4 diesel engines. Powerful and lightweight rotaries have allowed torque levels to increase by up to 20% and the units use high-strength steels. To further improve safety and efficiency, they also have a new high-speed winch version pull-down system. Switching from a cylinder to a winch system is quick and easy, says Soilmec, and the machines are highly adaptable for a variety of different applications. The new rigs come with wider cabs, greater levels of comfort and visibility and a Soilmec drilling mate system to allow control of all the operating parameters. The new SM-8, SM-14, SM-16 drilling rigs are the result of co-operation between Soilmec and Puntel engineering. They all offer an extensive series of movements, says Soilmec, which make it possible to work in various positions and to perform lateral movements in total safety. The machines can also operate parallel to the tracks. All new models include a crawler undercarriage with a tilting gauge, which enables improved agility, stability and safety.