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REV Drill Sales Grows From Idea to Rental Fleet of 30 Rigs

The story of how the first REV Drill was born.

Wed November 18, 2015 - Northeast Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

In 1998, Ed Amos, owner of REV Drill Sales and Rentals, was working for a deep foundation contractor in Washington, D.C. One morning, during predrilled pile installation, Amos and the contractor realized how much of an impact their sub-contact drillers were having on their bottom line. Not just the price of their contract, but the true cost at the end of the project. From standby times/delays and change orders, to not having control of such a time sensitive and critical part of a project that could drive costs even higher.

They knew that they could build a simple, economical drill, and accomplish 80 to 90 percent of what they had been subbing out. This is how the first REV Drill was born.

The first two prototypes were built for a 35 ft. (10.6 m) S.O.E. in Bethesda, Md. The drills were used for pre-drilling the 45 ft. (13.7 m) piles as well as the 40 ft. (12 m) four strand re-groutable tiebacks. With the ability to quickly change over from digging to drilling, the excavator also would be used to set piles, dig out for lagging, load/unload and excavate. By bringing drilling in house and utilizing one machine for so many applications, it didn’t take long to notice the impact on the bottom line.

Over the next few years, while using the drills on many deep foundation projects in and around D.C., Amos realized the void the industry had. In 2001 he started REV Drill Sales and Rentals.

Over the past 15 years the REV Drill has grown from the original two prototypes to more than 30 rigs in its rental fleet today. After two generation model changes, REV Drill delivered its 100th new unit this summer. Its applications have grown with it as well. Originally a short auger earth drill, applications now range from larger diameter rock drilling and anchors, to auger-cast and vibratory install jobs, to name a few. If you can think it, chances are REV Drill can drill it, according to the company.

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