On some rigs a mechanical device known as an iron roughneck may be used to make-up and break-out connections. This machine runs on rails attached to the rig floor, and is easily set aside when not in use. Its mobility allows it to carry out mousehole connections when the tracks are correctly positioned. The device consists of a spinning wrench and torque wrench, which are both hydraulically operated. Advantages offered by this device include controlled torque, minimal damage to threads (thereby increasing the service life of the drillpipe) and reducing crew fatigue.

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