General Maintenance Items To Extend The Life Of Your Ditch Witch Equipment
Pipe Guides and Strike Coil
Many times while on job sites we see drills that are missing pipe guides. These are wearable items that must be replaced from time to time. These guides play a very important role in protecting a wearable item on your drill that costs over $10,000.00! YOUR PIPE! In the picture on the right the front pipe guide is completely missing and rear pipe guide is worn to a point that the strike coil is now wearing on each and every stick of drill stem going into the bore. The picture on the left is what the strike coil assembly and pipe guides should look like. In most instances the front pipe guide becomes damaged when the crew attempts to pull the EZ-Connect thru the pipe guide.
With the pipe guides worn and missing not only are you significantly shortening the life expectancy of your drill pipe but you are also damaging the strike coil. The strike coil is there simply to save the drilling crews life if there is an eletrical line strike down hole. As you can see on the bottom corner of the strike coil that the drill pipe has rotated with enough force to wear away at the coil frame and in this case is about to damage the coil itself. When comparing the cost of replacing a rack or pipe or more importantly saving someone's life maintaining your drill stem guides is a very cheap investment!