Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

Rod McCoremick

Rod McCoremick
Rod is a drilling guru with umpteen years of experience in both mineral exploration and geotechnical drilling. He has worked on almost every continent and when he is not sharing his know-how by blog, you can find him hanging out with the R&D gang or the tech crew.

Recent Posts

4 Cool Things our Updated Website Can Do for You

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jun 20, 2022 8:54:00 AM

We know that diamond drilling can be hard work and that’s why we are dedicated to providing quality solutions to make drilling life easier. We also believe in sharing our drilling expertise and knowledge and our web site is a great resource for drillers and exploration experts looking for products and information. Our latest web revamp includes features that save time and help productivity.

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Can You Mix Drilling Equipment? What You Need to Know

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jun 7, 2022 11:51:00 AM

It sometimes happens at a drill site, that you need to finish drilling but don’t have the exact equipment you need to finish. Maybe you only have a few hundred feet to drill, and you realize that you are missing the same brand of drill rod. So, to finish the job, you reach for whatever you have available. This can be very risky because not all types of drilling equipment work together safely.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues, Basic drilling information

Greatest Diamond Drilling Tool to Fit in Your Pocket

Posted by Rod McCoremick on May 31, 2022 10:30:00 AM

One of our most appreciated tools is not a core bit or a head assembly. It’s something every driller uses, fits in a pocket and is absolutely free. What is it? It’s our technical handbook and the good news is that we’ve just updated it to include even more valuable information.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

New RockStars Join our Product Line-up

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Mar 25, 2022 12:10:03 PM

We’re always excited when we get to announce new additions to our product lines.  We usually launch new products after months of research and development or when we get valuable feedback from our clients. When we launched our RockStar line a few years ago, we were happy to be able to offer drillers a core bit that offered many benefits, including its self-sharpening ability.

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Topics: Basic drilling information, How to choose equipment

A Client Collaboration That Sent EDDY Underground

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 24, 2022 10:00:00 AM

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that some great success stories happen when we collaborate with customers to find solutions to drilling problems. In the past, onsite visits have led to left-handed coring solutions and large diameter equipment. Recently a three-way collaboration between a manufacturer, drilling company and mining site led to our EDDY wastewater system going underground.

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Topics: Tips on common drilling issues

Diamond Drilling Tips: Always Do the Following

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 21, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Sometimes in the world of diamond drilling, it can help to have a few rules regarding what you should always do and what you should never do during drilling operations. We have touched upon a lot of advice in previous blogs, but we thought a short and sweet list would be a great tool, especially for helpers and other people new to the industry.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

Top Reasons Why our Interactive ITH Catalog is Great

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Feb 9, 2022 10:11:00 AM

When it comes to product documentation, it can be tough to produce something really different, but I think we’ve done it with our latest product catalog. Our In-the-Hole, or ITH catalog, is a testament to our goal of making drillers’ live easier. This product makes it easy to order ITH tooling and equipment. How? Because it is interactive.

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Diamond Drilling Tips: Never Do the Following

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Jan 13, 2022 8:51:00 AM

We have offered a lot of advice in previous blogs, but it never hurts to repeat important information, especially for helpers and other people new to the industry.

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The Newest Drillers’ Guide to Diamond Tools

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Dec 14, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been updating our popular e-Guides so our customers would have the latest and greatest information. We started with our most popular guides and have published new versions of how to choose the right core bit, new core bit configurations and our guide on caring for drill rods.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

Diamond Tools and Drilling Parameters – A Video

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 25, 2021 10:30:00 AM

If you want to learn a bit more about how reaming shells and core bits work together and gain a good overall view of the diamond tools used in core drilling, then this video is for you. It provides an excellent visual representation of the core drilling process, and focuses on core bits, reaming shells and drilling parameters.

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