CZM adds long reach option to its EK65 model

CZM Foundation Equipment has now introduced the LR65, a long reach version of the company’s popular EK65 model. 

The long reach series is a unique CZM design that delivers the performance of CZM’s EK line to a boom mounted set up with increased reach. 

The long reach machines are equipped with a specially designed boom with two lift cylinders, which allow higher torque and crowd force to be applied to the tool. In turn, this aligns with interlocking Kelly bars, making it efficient in rock and hard soil drilling. As well, round friction bars are also available for high production in softer soils. 

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The LR65 is mounted on a Caterpillar 323 base, and is the smallest model of CZM’s Long Reach series. 

Highlights of the new LR65 include a 164 hp engine, 67,150-foot pounds of torque, a maximum drilling diameter of 2.74 metres, standard drilling depth of 12.2 metres, main winch line pull of 12,301 kg with two gears for high speed and pulling force and operation weight of 36,288 kg. 

The rotary offers three operation and spinoff speeds and automatic gear shifting. As well, its maximum reach of 3.12 metres is ideal for applications such as sound bearing walls, transmission lines and utilities, substations, drilling on steep slopes and difficult to reach holes. 

To move the machine, the LR65 can be transported in one load, with the Kelly bar on and it is easy to set up, without the need of any support equipment. 

It is also equipped with CZM’s control system to monitor drilling parameters, perform some functions automatically and to help with diagnostics and maintenance records. CZM is also able to remotely log-in to the drill rig’s telematics system to troubleshoot and resolve issues.

CZM has been manufacturing foundation drill rigs since 1976.  The North American arm of the company opened in Georgia in the early 2000s. CZM Foundation Equipment is headquartered in Savannah and has an office in Saginaw, Texas, along with sales teams in all regions of the United States and Canada.