2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4, Page #36[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Lone Star Drills Ideal For Remote Areas, And Third World Countries
However, if you need multiple wells - like a Texas rancher who needed 18 wells on his 50,000-acre ranch - then the cost per well drops dramatically and purchasing a $20,000 to $30,000 Lone Star Drill makes it very cost effective.
These portable drills were designed more than 30 years ago by a Houston well driller who became involved in overseas ministry work. He knew that clean water could make a big difference in the health and quality of life for thousands of people in small remote villages where large drill rigs couldn’t go. So he designed a drill that could be transported, operated and maintained easily with just a few hours of training. Because of the large demand for small drills like these, they earned the name “Village Drills” and are widely used in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Little Beaver Inc. acquired Lone Star Drills in 2005 and has redesigned and added many features that have made it a leader with nonprofit and ministry groups.
With only 5-ft. pipe sections, the mechanical models can be transported on rafts and small barges to remote African villages. In the U.S., they can be used on small islands and in backyards that larger truck-mounted drills cannot access. Once a well is drilled, a person can install the casing, flush it, cap it and install an electric or hand pump.
All Lone Star Drills are sold as a package, complete with all the items needed to drill a well that is ready for casing. The model number of the drill determines the depth the drill can go, so the LS100 can drill 100 ft., for example.
Lone Star offers both mechanical and hydraulic drills for wells as deep as 400 ft. with many options, including down hole hammers and roller cone bits for rocky areas. Prices range from $6,000 up to $85,000, depending on the model and options.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Little Beaver Inc., P.O. Box 840, Livingston, Texas 77351 (ph 800 227-7515; www.lonestardrills.com).
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