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Portable Cable Tool Drilling Machines
Opening Remarks
Corbett Portable Drilling Rig
Parkersburg Rig
Keystone Driller
Star Drilling Machine
Cyclone Drill
Columbia Driller
Wolfe Rig
Fort Worth Spudder
The Ohio Cleaner
Bolles Rig
Yo-Yo Rig
Combination Rig
Miscellaneous Rigs
Concluding Remarks


It is not uncommon to find old drilling rigs that have been modified by the operator.  For instance, conversions from the walking beam type to a spudder or visa versa were common.  So also were replacements of parts from one make to another.  Blacksmith repairs added more innovations. Even the building of a rig using parts scavenged from broken-down rigs or the junkyard was occasionally done.  A lot of ingenuity went into the servicing of old drilling machines.  The occasional hard-to-identify rig left abandoned in a field may be a partly converted version of a Wolfe, Star or other kind of rig.  Some are actually homemade.

This homemade rig never got finished or at least it never drilled a well.  Owning land that had a few old wells on it and more on the next property, the farmer decided to build a rig and drill some on his own.  He had put together the rig more or less but abandoned the cause leaving his creation in the pasture where he intended to drill.  This rig has sat there for many years.  The front wheels are half sunk  into the ground.

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