With the completely redesigned BAUER BG 15 H (Figure 1), Bauer Maschinen GmbH, Schrobenhausen/Germany, is breaking new ground in the ValueLine. This state-of-the-art innovation specifically fulfills the requirements of a functional and cost-effective machine in the small drilling rig segment and also scores with extremely compact transport dimensions. Increased efficiency, increased mobility, increased flexibility, increased comfort – the BAUER BG 15 H is a clear statement of functionality and, at the same time, offers all the advantages needed to face the challenges of small construction sites.
With the new generation of drilling rigs, Bauer also continues to rely on the 186 kW Caterpillar diesel engines for strong performance and low fuel consumption. The optimally adjusted hydraulic system has already proved itself in practical deployment with its “big-sister-rig” BAUER BG 26 and has a direct impact on fuel consumption. This provides the BG 15 H with high levels of efficiency during daily drilling operations. A potential drilling depth of up to 21 m in single-layer winch operation significantly reduces wear. And even with up to 4 m long drill strings during cased Kelly drilling, the innovation from Bauer makes a giant leap forward in terms of efficiency.
The BAUER BG 15 H is available in two different configurations and is, therefore, extremely flexible and versatile. The standard model, e. g., not only offers a drilling depth of 32 m but also the option of “drilling under the mast.” In addition, the “upgraded version” provides customers with the option of a drilling depth of up to 44 m and the CFA drilling process.
An absolute highlight is the BT 50 base carrier, completely redesigned and re-manufactured by Bauer, which now offers a whole range of benefits even for small machines. The integrated service platform allows easy access to all maintenance and service points in the uppercarriage and, at the same time, meets the highest standards in terms of occupational safety. Combined with a transport width of just 2.5 m, this system is unique throughout the world.
Other key areas of redesign focus on operator comfort. Thanks to the new operating concept, all essential work functions can be controlled via joystick. Displays, operational controls and the air-sprung operator seat form an ergonomic unit. But the BG 15 H also brings a new level of comfort to servicing. A deep center tunnel guarantees a transport height of just 3.3 m and also serves as a service tunnel. This means that all maintenance and service points can be accessed conveniently from both sides.