AN equipment specialist is continuing to invest in its rental fleet to meet demand from geotechnical and environmental customers.
Skelair International, which specialises in ground engineering and rock drilling equipment, has introduced the EMCI Silea multi-purpose drill, specifically for applications in rotary, rotary-percussive, coring and soil sampling.
John Mayo, Skelair’s managing director, said: “The demand for rental rigs continues to rise, more specifically in the site investigation market. We have brought the EMCI Silea in to meet this demand and are already looking at additional machines in this specialist area.”
The machine, which weighs 2.8 tonnes and is powered by a 50HP diesel engine, is said to offer one of the best weight-to-power ratios of rigs of its kind and is expected to prove popular on projects where restricted access and low headroom are encountered. In those situations the Silea has a mast slide that can be raised and lowered, with a displacement of 400mm, and a mast-locking device when in the drilling position.
Mounted on a variable width rubber track crawler as standard, the machine has an adjustable width range of 780mm to 1050mm. The rotary head has four ranges, operating to a maximum of up to 180 daNm torque or up to 280rpm whichever gear is chosen.
Willy Piacenza of EMCI added: “By taking the Silea into its rental fleet, Skelair is giving UK customers the opportunity to put the rig through its paces on specialist jobs, without having to commit to purchase.”