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junk basket

1. n. [Drilling]

A tool run into the wellbore to retrieve junk from the bottom of the hole.

Synonyms: junk sub

Alternate Form: basket sub

See: junk

2. n. [Drilling]

A large, rectangular steel box, usually with sides made of expanded metal to facilitate seeing what is inside. The junk basket is used by the rig crew to store an assortment of relatively small parts of the drilling rig, ranging from drill bits to crossover subs to lifting subs to spare kellys. Dimensions vary, but a typical junk basket on a land rig is 8 ft wide [2.5 m] by 3 ft [1 m] deep by 30 ft [9 m] long.

See: junkkellysub