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Three benefits of Piling Equipment, Ltd.’s Cobra mini rigs
January 2022

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Piling Equipment, Ltd., has been an established manufacturer and supplier of new and refurbished piling rigs and foundation drilling equipment for almost two decades. As a company, they are renowned for their in-depth industry knowledge, on-site experience and impressive range of machinery, including an assortment of innovative mini piling rigs.

It is no secret that the piling industry is constantly evolving to meet the demands of everyday construction challenges and the pressures of building restrictions. To overcome such challenges, Piling Equipment, Ltd., provides an array of piling rigs and drilling equipment, including the Cobra mini rigs. Over the past few years, Piling Equipment, Ltd., and German partner Adler Arbeitsmaschinen, have developed and manufactured a range of mini rigs that are suitable to work in the most restricted and trickiest of site conditions. This collaboration has produced durable and powerful, yet compact, machines. Adler produces the popular ‘D-series’ drop hammer rigs, while Piling Equipment, Ltd.’s latest rotary ‘T-series’ machines are designed and manufactured in-house in the U.K.

Many of Piling Equipment, Ltd.’s clients use the various applications of mini piling to meet project requirements and desired outcomes. The Cobra rigs can be used on a variety of sites including those with problematic access, limitations such as low headroom or restrictive noise levels and tricky ground conditions. Three key benefits of Piling Equipment, Ltd.’s Cobra mini piling rigs are discussed below.

Easy access to restricted sites

Often, successfully accessing and working on restricted sites with a larger piling rig can be difficult. Sites with limited access or confined workspaces, such as basements, can pose a variety of problems for operators. From the initial on-site delivery of machinery and equipment to physical limitations such as the height and weight restrictions of a larger rig, using traditional methods of foundation drilling is not always possible. To overcome potential logistical and practical issues, contractors may decide to use mini-piling methods instead. Due to their overall compact structure and small footprint, Cobra mini rigs offer a proactive solution to working on sites where access is tricky or headroom is limited.

An additional benefit of easy access to challenging sites with a Cobra is the potential for home extension and basement excavation projects, which may not have otherwise been possible to undertake with a larger and less manoeuvrable rig. Using mini piling and its many applications enable contractors to work on a multitude of projects.

The Cobra rigs are renowned for their small yet robust structure and high-powered performance. Cobra mini rigs also have adjustable rubber tracks, enabling them to fit through doorways and gateways with ease. Piling Equipment, Ltd., has a variety of mini rigs, both rotary and drop hammer configurations, to suit a wide range of projects. Cobra mini rigs have worked on an assortment of projects and jobsites, from basement excavations and new builds to two-storey extensions and inside shopping malls, proving their value and versatility within the piling community.

Ability to work in adverse conditions

When working on a site with potentially unfavourable ground conditions, larger rigs or traditional piling methods are not always the most practical or ideal solution. Larger machinery is not always the most compatible with adverse ground or site conditions. Therefore, an operator should consider using a mini piling rig and mini piles to aid the project instead. Due to their low weight and compact structure, the Cobra mini rigs are the ideal choice for sites with unstable land. Mini piles can also be used as a replacement for traditional footings for new build houses and similar structures.

The Cobra rigs can be used on a variety of sites including those with problematic access, limitations such as low headroom or restrictive noise levels and tricky ground conditions.

Improved environmental efficiency

It has been reported that sustainable solutions within construction projects are becoming an increasingly important requirement. Due to the compact size of mini rigs, the environmental impact is often significantly lower than their larger counterparts. Piling Equipment, Ltd.’s most recently manufactured Cobra rotary rigs, the T8000 and T12000, have been fitted with the latest Hatz 4H50TICD silent pack Euro stage five diesel engines. These engines ensure the rig has substantial power, while maintaining low fuel input and emission output. Despite the small structure of the Cobras, an overall lower power-to-weight ratio produces enormous amounts of power and high torque. All of the Cobra machines have exceptional fuel economy and fuel efficiency and are, therefore, a greener option. The majority of Piling Equipment, Ltd.’s mini rigs operate with Euro stage four or five engines, meaning they are more efficient and environmentally friendly than other machines. The mini piles used onsite require less concrete and steel than other piling systems, which reduces the carbon footprint, along with a reduction in noise pollution and vibrations/disturbance to adjoining structures. Piling Canada

For further information about their range of mini rigs and a full list of services, visit Piling Equipment, Ltd.’s website at www.piling-equipment-ltd.com, or contact a member of their sales team at +44 (0) 1985 219192 or sales@piling-equipment-ltd.com.

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