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Topdrill Ltd

Managing Director – Chris Pow from Topdrill Ltd said

I have been drilling window sample boreholes for 15 years now and have operated most of the Window Sampling Rigs on the market. In 2009 we settled on the Archway Heavy Duty Rigs and have not looked back.
As we are a railway based SI company and subject to heavy fines if our equipment breaks down and delays trains we need to ensure that all our equipment is well made and reliable and we have been very happy with the Competitor Darts, in fact we now have 4. We also chose the version with expanding tracks as it is more stable when tracking along unstable ground, it does mean the rig is quite heavy but we have found it is worth the sacrifice.


We have also found that the ability to jack the drill string out is a great advantage and dramatically reduces the time taken to complete each borehole. Its worth mentioning that all drilling rigs take a beating on a day to day basis and breakages are inevitable, in these instances we have found the team at Archways office to be fantastic with parts shipped overnight to the crews. I can thoroughly recommend any one of the Dart models to anyone entering the industry, just so long as they are not in competition with me! Chris Pow MD, Topdrill Ltd

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UK Coal Mining Ltd

Supply & Contracts Manager – T Webster from UK Coal Mining Ltd said

I am writing on behalf of the Supply & Contracts Department Kellingley Colliery to thank both you and your staff for all your help and assistance given to the mine during the recent incident on YZ501’s coal face.


Everyone at the colliery appreciated the first class service you gave us especially given the difficulties encountered with our British weather during that period. It is my belief that without your contribution and commitment, our recovery plan would not have worked as efficiently as it did.


Once again, my sincere thanks for your help and assistance at this time.


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UK Coal Mining Ltd

Head of Purchasing & Stores – Nick Barker from UK Coal Mining Ltd said

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for help you provided UK Coal and in particular Kellingley Colliery during the recent unfortunate incident. The response and service provided was very mach appreciated and enabled Kellingley to return to production in a safe and timely manner.


Once again thank you very much.


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