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Ogallala advice needed.

I'm trying to deepen an old Ogallala well, that is about 60' shy of the red bed.  Sand, gravel,  thin streaks of clay. Anyone have any advice on how to hold the hole open? Is there any reason not to…Continue

Started by Zane Reese Jun 7.

Flat Belt Drive Pulley 10 Replies

For BE 24L     Need a pulley for the Twin Disc power take off;1  3/4" bore1/4" keywayDiameter something between 6" and 8"Width something from 6 1/4" to 8"Continue

Started by Thomas M. Klingensmith. Last reply by Thomas M. Klingensmith Jan 4.

Spang Tool Book 1 Reply

Here is a catalog of Spang Drilling Tools. It contains a lot of valuable specs and details on a variety of tools they manufactured.P.S.- I was talking to someone as i was scanning it, so there are a…Continue

Started by Brian Best. Last reply by Zane Reese Nov 6, 2013.

What Kind of rig is this? 9 Replies

Ok-I know it's an old Cable Tool Rig but does anyone know anything more specific? I bought the glass plate negative of the photo and have been cleaning up a scanHere is a pic below.…Continue

Started by Drilling Ahead. Last reply by Thom Miller Feb 1, 2013.

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Comment by Robert Hafner on March 2, 2014 at 11:43am

Has anyone here done prospecting with your rig? I am posting a pic of my Hillman Airplane Drill. I have used a BE22w when prospecting for the Alaska Gold Company back in the 90's. The Hillman rig has 5inch tools with an effective depth of a whopping 50ft. Stop laughing......I have feelings but no "little" man complex.20140228_161823.jpg

Comment by Brian Best on November 12, 2013 at 11:00pm

Good Evening

I was looking around to see if anyone in the Western PA/Eastern Ohio area had any extra cable tools they would be willing to donate or sell? I just recently got myself a rig, but do not have any tools for it.  Any help would be greatly appreciate.

Thank you

Comment by Mont Eyler on August 18, 2013 at 10:51pm

Hey guys, sorry it's been awhile.  Had the opportunity to drill a well top to bottom with cable tools in Irran, TX.  Needless to say, internet is not a top priority in that part of the world.  We TD the well at 2211', and it looks to be a good producer.  It was one hell of an experience, and I met some really good folks down there, caught up with several friends from here, had my a** kicked sideways by 500+ feet of red bed, and I gained a whole new respect for the men that drilled this way every day, under much harder conditions than we did.  I can't say that everything went according to plan, but they rarely do.  I will try to post some pictures on here before too long.  Still getting all our iron N. of the red, so it may take me a couple days to get everything lined out.

Comment by Mont Eyler on August 18, 2013 at 10:37pm


Also, what size hole, bit, and bit type?

Comment by H.C. on August 16, 2013 at 7:15am


What tooling do you have above your combination socket?

Comment by Trapper Dan on August 16, 2013 at 1:41am
To add to my stuck tool saga here's where I'm at today. I've got a set of fishing jars and drill stem under that stuck at the spot where the well casing at 149 feet meets bedrock. I've previously dropped the sting if tools and now have it firmly with a combination socket bet can't get it past the well casing shoe and will only drag itself up 40 inches and get stuck. This is my measurement on my 3/4 line. I can bumper it back down the 40 inches and it takes a few whacks to drop it that far until it bottoms out the main string line. I suspect the well caring and the 43 feet of bedrock underneath that is no longer in line with one another and this is where it's hanging up. I can't use the a pudding beam to listen it either up or down and have hung the bumper just above the top of the combination socket while engaging the spudded to help knock it back down but haven't gained anything in three days. I tried pulling the casing with a two part clamp around the casing and used timbers an hydraulic jacks and the bull reel on the 22w to get lots of upward pressure but no movement at all on the well casing. The only line I have free is the sand line running the bumper and all I can do with it is pound down on the drill string and also tried pounding the top of the casing hitting the drive clamp without getting any movement from the casing. Unless I can figure out a way to hit upwards with some force I can't see the well casing moving at this rate. I do have a set of drilling jars available but they only have a short stroke and not much weight so I don't think I'd gain anything by attaching them to the sand line and banging upwards. Besides, how would I hook on the the casing anyway. I need to get the combination socket free from the tools and tried running it fast slow shallow and deep strokes and bumpered it in every conceivable manner. Does anyone know how to free the combination socket it there's only a few inches of movement in the string? There's a piece of hardwood holding the spring in place and it doesn't seem to want to give up no matter how hard I drop the bumper on it. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Comment by Mont Eyler on February 12, 2013 at 7:42pm

Hey guys, anybody done any top to bottom drilling around Ft. Stockton, Tx?

Comment by Mont Eyler on September 19, 2012 at 7:49pm


If memory serves, there's a guy in Illinois (Nashville, I belive) that may rebuild rigs, I know about 2 years ago, he was building a new version of the walker neer c series.  I'll run my traps and see if I can get a name for you. 

Comment by Mont Eyler on September 10, 2012 at 7:52pm

Welcome aboard Richard

Comment by Mont Eyler on April 28, 2012 at 9:36am


Could post some pictures of it?


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