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.

| July/August 1980

064 well drilling business - ditches and mud pump

[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.


Folks, if you've been waiting for us to come up with the perfect, rural-based, "be your own boss" business—one that might be right up your alley—be sure you give this article a darn good looking over ... because we've discovered an inexpensive way to get into a one-person water well drilling business that may just be one of the best home enterprises ever!

Now, anyone who has ever seen a conventional drilling machine will probably feel it's unlikely that an individual could set him- or herself up in this business for a reasonable investment ... and there's good reason for such skepticism! After all, the rigs most well drillers use are massive ten-wheeled trucks-loaded with 30-foot towers, giant engines, and heavy equipment-that can cost as much as $300,000!

But suppose (just suppose) that you could purchase a completely functional, hydraulic-powered, domestic water well drilling rig that would fit on a small trailer or the back of a pickup truck, be capable of boring a hole eight inches in diameter and 600 feet deep ... and yet cost a relatively affordable $7,500? Furthermore, suppose that the fellows who made such a miracle earth piercer were willing to provide a two-day training course in using the device (even if you weren't at all sure that you wanted to buy it)?

Sounds pretty good, huh? Especially when you consider that owning an inexpensive well drilling machine would enable you to charge less for your services than the "big boys" do (thus giving your customers a money-saving break) ... yet still clear more profit-and get more customers-than does the competition!

Well, it's all true! A couple of tool-happy New Mexicans named Gailard "Skip" Piper and Roy Proctor have—entirely on their own—invented the Piper Hydro EXPLORER 2000, a unique well drilling machine that actually accomplishes everything described above! And MOTHER EARTH NEWS can assure you that the small but hardy rig does, indeed, do the job ... because we've seen it perform!  

How Well Drilling Works

Before we can describe the specific functional virtues of the EXPLORER 1200, we'll have to explain a bit about well drilling in general. To begin with, there are two principal techniques used for boring domestic water holes: cable and rotary drilling. Cable (or "pounder") rigs hammer out a hole by repeatedly dropping a 1,500-pound "tool string" onto an earth-cutting bit. Any driller using such a rig must stop every few feet and—with water and a long bailing bucket—clean out the bottom of the hole. You might imagine that all the required pounding and bailing would make for some pretty slow progress ... and, in fact, cable rigs can take up to two weeks to drill a household well. 

2/12/2015 9:44:35 AM

Wow, I am a bit of an business person myself, and this seems pretty low risk and low investment. Essentially $7,500 to buy the drill, hire an employee or two to drill and find clients and set them loose. I like your point about being able to charge less than some of the other companies. It seems like a good way to get jobs. http://www.hullwellandpumpfl.com/services.html

4/25/2014 9:26:09 PM

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gloria _1
1/5/2009 7:34:38 PM

How deep does this machine drill? Does it need special accessories to get the water or would I be able to purchase equipment from other sources to make water wells. Do I have to purchase special accessories from your company each time I use this machine to drill?

7/17/2008 1:28:48 PM

I got a hidradrill from deep rock manuf.my drill bits are of tungteno tiping whit a torch,but are no good to drill on hard rock do you have a types of drill bits for? Atte. valentin Rodriguez

howard cutter
2/9/2008 6:44:10 PM

BE AWARE; Most all states require you to have a Drillers License for that state. To obtain a Drillers License you have to pay a fee, have two to five years drilling experience, pass the state drillers examination and in some states you have to be referred in writing by a licensed driller in that state. Buying drilling equipment and learning to drill is easy compared to becoming licensed to drill your own well or drill for others. Master Ground Water Certified Driller "Porky"

2/6/2008 8:16:56 AM

IT COULDBE posible to apply this method to a 200,000, expandign city, in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. How much does it cost the purchase of this machine? Thanks Antonio Guzman

2/5/2008 6:22:15 PM

Dear Sir, I an very interested in purchasing a machine and doing the two day course. please send me more brouchers on the Explorer 2000 and Explorer 3ooo. Loooking forward to hearing from you, Chris.

8/8/2007 12:47:16 PM

The same question ¿Can the machines drill through rock? Do you have an internet page? Thanks Mother Responds: This is an article from our magazine from 1980. We have no additional information on this drilling rig.

6/27/2007 3:42:35 AM

Can your 2000 and 3000 systems drill through rock? If so, how do they accomplish that? Thanks

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