TMG delivers first combo geotechnical rig

Florida-based TMG Manufacturing has delivered its first purpose-built Crossover 183 drill rig to a Costa Rican customer.
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The Crossover 183, which combines both standard penetration testing (SPT) and cone penetration testing (CPT) in one rig, along with rotary core drilling and auger drilling, was acquired by Insuma, a geotechnical engineering company.

According to TMG, the rig's concept and design are an industry first. Currently, the manufacturer offers the Crossover rig with an 83hp diesel engine, Hawe hydraulic system with 60gpm (3.8L/s) load-sensing axial piston pump, a dual cylinder mast with 20t CPT push capacity, 16ft (4.9m) telescopic SPT and wireline tower, a three-position drill head slider for rotary core drilling, auger drilling and CPT pushing, and a built-in Moyno mud/water pump.

TMG is also building a smaller version of the Crossover rig with a 38hp engine and a smaller footprint with a 10t CPT push system, suitable for more confined work areas.

Niel Bloomfield, TMG's president, commented: "This new Crossover rig is our first venture into the CPT market. We are also developing a mini and micro CPT rig lines."

Michael Heimbach, the company's chief operating officer, said: "This new design has opened the door for engineers to invest in one machine and offer both CPT and SPT technologies. This offers incredible savings both with the upfront purchase and with ongoing operating costs."

TMG recently opened a manufacturing facility in San Jose, Costa Rica, to service the Latin American market.

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