Whilst many companies shut down over Christmas, here at Topdrive Drillers we use this usually quieter time of the year to plan and complete all our major maintenance for hopefully a busy year in the field.
We use this time to pull down all our equipment and not only fix the issues that arose during the year but to upgrade some equipment and prepare for any potential problems we may foresee during the year.
This preventative maintenance attitude aids us in minimizing down time which costs the company and client. As the company has been operating since 1976 we have a rich history that we can go back into and replace items before they fail.
Whilst some think this is a bigger cost we disagree because if we are fixing it in the field we are not drilling and costing both our clients and us time and money.
This is the first year for the new owners, they have pushed hard for preventative maintenance and major upgrades to the equipment this year, this will help get us ready for the next season from upgraded cooler packs to hands free new maker breaker setups.
We have also been using this time to teach our Drillers and trainee Drillers how to repair and fault find issues this level of involvement with the equipment is giving them a better understanding of how it works and how to fix it. Here we breed drillers not leaver attendants.