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Dynamite in a Small Package


Easy mobilization and rig set up at a limited access residential job site for mud rotary water well drilling.

Easy mobilization and rig set up at a limited access residential job site for mud rotary water well drilling.

For more than 100 years, the small family-owned Kelly Well Drilling LLC has served western Kentucky. Having never hired a driller outside the family, the three-generation company completes primarily mud rotary water well drilling doing some irrigation wells for center pivot but mainly residential wells. 

In the market for a mid-range rig, son-in-law John Bowman, owner/operator, took notice of the DM250 at the South Atlantic Jubilee. Discussions and demonstrations with Donnie Wood led them to purchase the rig capable of drilling deeper and larger diameter wells in their unconsolidated geography.

“Having mainly run mechanical rigs, these hydraulics are smoother. It’s easier to learn,” Bowman said. “I put my daughter on it this summer. The controls are simple. The helper can load the rod, getting you ready so the driller can concentrate on what he has to do.”

The simplicity and ease has been a "game changer."

“None of us are getting any younger. It’s like a video game to the high school kids helping us in the summer,” Bowman said. “They can be working on a rod and feel more important.”

The similarity of the controls to those on the larger DM450 has his wheels turning.

“It’s a guy thing – you’re gonna want a bigger one – so we’re already looking at the DM450,” Bowman said.

The ability to access jobs, even when there’s been lots of rain, without needing a CDL means they can send any guy to a job – even the helper. Being on the Dodge 5500 chassis also makes for easier mobilization between jobs. But the speed of the rig stands out as the greatest advantage for mud rotary water well drilling to Bowman. 

“We service lots of chicken barns doing multiple wells on a site. If it’s a good, easy site, we can do one well per day and be ready to go the next morning. We did five wells in one week, it’s just that much faster and simpler,” Bowman said. “The old rig would take six days or more and we would need a couple of good drillers to make it happen.”

The faster turn around volume ultimately means more money, but also more time away from the job.

“We start at 10 a.m., done by 2 p.m., and back home – that’s very nice,” Bowman said. “It’s dynamite in a small package.”

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DM250 water well drill is top choice of drill rigs for tight water well drilling or residential geothermal drilling

DM250 Drill Rig

The DRILLMAX® DM250 drill rig, under CDL requirements, handles 20-foot drill pipe for residential water well drilling and geothermal drilling. The small mud rotary drill rig is ideal for drilling 2-inch to 6-inch shallow water wells.

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Easy mobilization and rig set up at a limited access residential job site for mud rotary water well drilling.

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