J&S Drilling: Why an MAN is often the right truck for the job
As a business that has been in operation for over 35 years, J&S Drilling has a reputation for reliability. Offering specialist drilling and geotechnical services to the mining and resource sector, J&S Drilling management look for that same quality in their vehicles: reliability. Thus a MAN is often the right truck for a job.
“The reliability of the MAN trucks is second-to-none. We bought our first one in 2002 and now they comprise the majority of our fleet – we have 11 MAN in total. These include 4×4, 6×6, 8×8 and 8×4 trucks,” explained J&S Drilling General Manager, Brian Bawdon. “We use the trucks in a wide variety of tasks. Often, we have at least one truck that serves as a rig carrier and this will be complemented by a service truck that conveys all the ancillary equipment for the job.”
The core of the J&S Drilling business is in assessing the geotechnical components of a site before any infrastructure is built. The company has 42 employees – which comprises some the most qualified and licensed geotechnical and drilling specialists in their field – and boasts a combined working experience of over 180 years.
The company has experienced an impressive trajectory of growth since its inception. Founded by John and Sheryl McLellan in 1982 as a single rig operation, J&S Drilling is now one of the most sought out companies for specialised geotechnical drilling, environmental sampling and water well installation in Australia.
“We specialise in geotechnical work and that often involves investigative work for infrastructure projects such as buildings, bridges, mine tailing and waste facilities, recovery production bores and lots more. We also monitor the impact that various projects may have on ground water sources, so we provide monitoring bores to assess the effect that a project will have on that from an environmental point of view. The majority of our work is associated with resource projects for the mining sector,” said J&S Drilling Commercial Manager, Lewis Arndt. “And with that comes some difficult terrain. From the desert, to the coast, we service Western Australia – including the Pilbara – as well as the Northern Territory and Queensland. So, our equipment and machines have to cope with all kinds of terrain and situations.”
This is another reason why the company has a preference for MAN. The trucks can handle the harsh regional and remote conditions of the Australian landscape.
“One of the key reasons we like the MAN trucks is that they have excellent holding capacity. But they’re also tough enough to work in the harsh terrains where we do our best work,” Brian said. “We’ve also found the MAN after-sales services to be very good. We’re a long-standing customer and suffice to say, they look after us really well.”
As J&S Drilling services cover a wide breadth of Australian territory, having that reliability from their machines is of the utmost importance. One of the promises the company makes is that no location is too remote, and that their range of equipment and platforms can meet any job requirement. Being able to deliver on that promise means they have absolute faith in their machinery, including the vehicles.
“We have offices in Perth (WA), Rockhampton (QLD) and Darwin (NT). Within these locations we encounter various terrains and coastal conditions. From the cities to the outback, MAN seem to always have a dealership accessible. Their service has been exceptional and we’re very happy with how reliable the trucks are out in the field,” said Brian. “Our objective as a company is to provide all clients with superior drilling and sample services. This is backed up and delivered by experienced personnel and in using state-of-the-art equipment and reliable machines. That’s why we often prefer to have an MAN on the job.”