A Water Well Drilling Business

In the late 1970s a couple enterprising Nex Mexico tinkerers developed a rig that enabled them to offer water well drilling services at a fraction of the cost of large operators, and still profit handsomely.



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[PHOTO 3] A continuous stream of water is pumped through the drill bit. Note the innovative wiper paddle just above the earth-cutting bit.
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[PHOTO 1] Piper Hydro's Explorer 2000 water well drilling apparatus mounted on a pickup truck.
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[PHOTO 2] Two shallow ditches and settling holes are dug and a mud pump set in place before the drilling of a new well is begun.
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[PHOTO 4] Skip Piper, the co-inventor of the Explorer 2000.
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[PHOTO 5] Roy Proctor, Skip's partner, watches as a trainee connects two drill stems. [PHOTO 6] A close-up of the Explorer 2000's hydraulic system and rotary table. The red hose carries circulating water from the mud pump to the drill stem.
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[PHOTO 7] Skip demonstrates the abilities of the Explorer 2000 while a 3000 (foreground) sits idly by.
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