Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

3 Reasons Why Geotechnical Drillers Need an Elepump KF-50M

Posted by Rod McCoremick on May 22, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Geotechnical drilling is different from diamond drilling yet sometimes they can both benefit from the same piece of equipment. The Elepump KF-50M mud pump is a case in point. One of our geotechnical drilling customers recently used this great little pump and it resulted in a quick case study that provided three good reasons why geotechnical drilling companies should consider using a KF-50M pump and I’m going to share them with you here.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, How to choose equipment

A Primer on Casing Shoes and Crown Shoes in Diamond Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Mar 20, 2018 10:33:00 AM

We spend a lot of time discussing core bits and drilling rods as they are important parts of the drilling system. But there is other drilling equipment that we should look at as every piece has a role to play and is important in the overall drilling process. We recently looked at core bits and reaming shells, and in this blog, we will look at casing shoes and their high performance cousin, the crown shoe.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

Vulcan Configurations: How to Choose the Right Crown Height

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 29, 2018 2:00:00 PM

One of the most important considerations when choosing the right core bit is the height of the crown, especially if you plan to be doing deep hole drilling. For example, the Vulcan is a configuration option that allows you to extend your core bit life. It refers to the height of the crown and has been available in 16 or 26 mm.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

Why Not All Drilling Grease Is the Same

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Any diamond driller reading this blog regularly knows how often we discuss the importance of using drilling lubricants, grease and thread compounds. These products help preserve and extend the life of your drilling equipment. But not all products are the same and we like to recommend products that we know are high quality and will make a difference in either efficiency or cost savings.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

Why You Need a Water Heater in Diamond Drilling

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 20, 2017 10:30:00 AM

It doesn’t really matter where you are performing diamond drilling, when winter hits, drilling can become problematic because of the cold. You don’t have to wait until you hit the middle of winter to start thinking about how you will deal with freezing temperatures. If you are in the northern hemisphere, it is right around now that you should be thinking about getting a water heater if you don’t already have one.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

EXPLO 220 Geotechnical Drill Rig Hits Success in the Big City

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 6, 2017 3:30:00 PM

One of the differences between mineral exploration and geotechnical drilling is the fact that with geotechnical, drilling is often done in urban areas. This type of drilling often involves construction or repair of structures where the ground conditions need to be tested for stability, pollution or other issues.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

A New Geotechnical Drill Rig with Muscle

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jul 31, 2017 2:30:00 AM

I’ve got a new product to announce for our friends in geotechnical drilling: the GT8 rig from Versadrill. We recently got to try out this new hydraulic, geotechnical drill rig on our premises and shot a video so we could give you all a first-hand view of what it looks like, how it operates and what it can do.

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Topics: Geotechnical drilling, How to choose equipment

How to Choose the Size of Your Reaming Shell

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Mar 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

I have noticed that there are a lot of drillers who use the 6 inch reaming shell pretty exclusively, so in this blog I wanted to talk about the other sizes available and how to know when you should use another size. Reaming shells are used to maintain the diameter of the bore hole and to make sure other drilling equipment does not get stuck down the hole. The outside surface of the reaming shell has natural and synthetic diamonds embedded in a resistant matrix.

Reaming shells come in 6, 10 and 18 inches. How do you know when do you use each size?

 

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Topics: How to choose equipment

Choosing Core Bit Configurations: Discharge Options

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 27, 2017 11:15:00 AM

 

In this blog we will continue to try and demystify how to choose a core bit configurations. A few weeks ago, we tackled the role of waterways and now we will look at discharge options. Remember that picking the right core bit is an important decision that impacts drilling performance and you need to consider several variables.

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Topics: How to choose equipment

The Role of Waterways in Configurations: 3 Factors to Consider

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 23, 2017 10:30:00 AM


Choosing a core bit configuration has always been considered to be a bit of a mystery, right up there with how to choose the right core bit. Because there are so many to choose from, drillers usually stick to a few of their favourites for as long as they provide good performance. When performance starts to suffer, they need to try something new.

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Topics: How to choose equipment



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