Wichtex 18 Spudder

Wichtex 18 Spudder (HM1MJ7)

Location: Midland, TX 79701 Midland County
Country: United States of America
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N 31° 58.427', W 102° 5.147'

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Manufacturer: Wichtex Machinery Co. Wichita Falls, Texas
Date of Use: Unknown, probably late 1920's to 1950's
Maximum Depth: 4,000 ft.

Spudders were developed in the 1920's as easily moved and set up cable tool drilling machines. Modern versions are still used today.
Note the two steel beams running on top of the spudder. There "walking beams" are moved up and down by arms connected to a crank. They pull the drilling line and drill bit up and down in a hammering motion. The heavy bit hangs ready to pound its way into the ground.
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HM NumberHM1MJ7
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Date Added Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 775394 N 3541240
Decimal Degrees31.97378333, -102.08578333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 58.427', W 102° 5.147'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 58' 25.62" N, 102° 5' 8.82" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1500 W Interstate 20, Midland TX 79701, US
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