Drawworks manufacturers aim to create the best units that help pull the heaviest amount of load within tolerable limits on the wire line. However, even the well-engineered systems out on the market are prone to hindrances in operation, requiring utmost care when conducting maintenance sorties. There are a number of common problems to look for when drawworks act up.
Improper wire spooling
It is possible that the wire line will not spool off the hoist drum or auxiliary drum without hassle. You must check first if either drum and their associated brakes have been released. When this is done, test the drum control and brake levers at the same time to verify if the wire is moving. Extra care is needed due to the danger of the suspended load free-falling if both levers are not pulled at the same time.
Not Hoisted Up
The hoist drum itself can run the possibility of not being able to move the wire line with the suspended load on. You will need to see if the drawworks power system is on or the brakes are too tight. Activate the power, then engage the control and brake levers simultaneously.
Suspended Load Not Quite Holding Up
The hoist and auxiliary drums may not be handling the load too well. As such, you must hold on to the hoist brake lever and press the ratchet release before moving the lever.
A drawworks will be the center of the drilling rig, but great caution must still be exercised.