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    So I live on a lake and pay an annual due for 1/4 acre feet of water for irrigation. A few years ago we were in drought and area lake levels were dropping rapidly. Not the one I'm on, it is relatively constant level to cool a power plant. So the regulating body was getting nasty and threatening to stop our irrigation completely. So I started thinking of drilling a well.

    Due to regulations, the only place I could drill is coincidentally very close to my irrigation lines which is perfect, but I must not be within 50 feet of a septic tank which to me is silly because my lateral field is across the street and 150 feet from the house, but I digress.

    So I spotted this rig thing that either mounts or is powered by a skid steer hydraulics, I'm not sure. The guy is selling it on Texas Bowhunter forum classified. He wanted $30K for the rig, which Seemed too high and just plain expensive. Still, the thought of being able to drill shallow wells off grid is very appealing to me. I ended up not getting it, the seller dropped price to $20K and someone got it, and I have not found out who yet, I'd like to rent it from him, and I know that he is close to me.

    So, now I'm looking at other similar mini rig things for somewhere in the $3-5K range. They suggest a 100' capacity which is probably fine, the well I want here at house is probably illegal but only needs to be about 30-40' deep and at ranch we have water as shallow as 30' and deepest at about 100', all well within reach. They offer up to I think a 7" drill bit I think it is, but I have a 7 5/8" that I could use, my goal is to try to get 6" casing in the wellbore.

    Has anybody played with these small drilling units?
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    How close can you dig to the lake? Would a 15 foot deep by 3 foot diameter dug by a back hoe work for you? That is what I did on the lake here, only I dug a 10 diameter foot hole, put in about 6 feet of pea stone, vinyl cover, then back filled it, leaving well tile in the middle.
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    I'm not sure about regulations and am really not interested, but the problem is that where I can put a well, I've got these giant Pecan trees and large limbs that I can't get a piece of equipment under. I have maybe 8' clearance vertically, and maybe 8' wide space to bring anything in to to operate. If I do this it will be completely unregulated, if I can pull it off.
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    That's basically what I did, the vacationers were home celebrating Thanksgiving, then......
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    Or you could just hire the guy that bought the rig............ I'm sure there's plenty of options for water for $20k. Sewer doesn't stay contained in the tank 100% of the time. 50ft. is a good thing.
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    Well, I have had zero luck finding the new owner, or having him respond to me however, there are a few companies manufacturing little drilling, Rigs, that are powered by Kohler or Honda engines and use like 6' long pipe joints and sell for under $3K. Capacity is 100' but I'm thinking that I could probably stretch it another 20' if I have the pipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KINGCHIP View Post
    Well, I have had zero luck finding the new owner, or having him respond to me however, there are a few companies manufacturing little drilling, Rigs, that are powered by Kohler or Honda engines and use like 6' long pipe joints and sell for under $3K. Capacity is 100' but I'm thinking that I could probably stretch it another 20' if I have the pipe.
    I'm pretty sure I've seen those little rigs, but aren't they only capable of a 2" diameter well? Better than nothing and could be a little side gig if the going gets tough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flock6 View Post
    I'm pretty sure I've seen those little rigs, but aren't they only capable of a 2" diameter well? Better than nothing and could be a little side gig if the going gets tough.
    No, the one I see can adapt to whatever bit you want. I'd like to go 8 3/4" but have like already own a 7 5/8" rock bit from my oilfield days. I'd like to go 6" on casing but that's probably not practical. I want to stack pumps in the casing, like place a solar pump under either a windmill pump or other solar pump. Hard to do that with 5" casing.
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    Sounds like a great little set up. I'd be jealous if you got one
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