Bits ‘n Pieces – The Driller’s Blog

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

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

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

Visual Deep Dive into the Core Barrel

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 2, 2021 11:45:04 AM

The wireline core barrel is one of the most important pieces of diamond drilling equipment – it’s what you use to recover core.  We’ve written a lot about the parts of the core barrel: inner tubes, head assemblies, outer tubes and overshots but being able to actually see how these pieces work together while underground is really helpful.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

How to Extend Drilling Equipment Life While Waiting for New Parts

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Nov 1, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Waiting for new drilling equipment can be longer than usual these days. Supply chains everywhere are being negatively impacted by external events far more frequently than ever before. Disruptive events, like the recent pandemic, are causing potential disruption to business activity and the drilling and mining industries are not immune. Delays are now common for drilling equipment especially those made with steel, such as drill rods, inner and outer tubes, etc.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

The Core Drilling Process: Learn About It in This Video

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Sep 28, 2021 10:30:00 AM

Newcomers to the mineral exploration world are often looking for information that can help them learn more quickly and be more efficient on the job. They may also have a lot of questions that they don’t know want to ask or don’t know where to look for answers. There is a lot to learn and not every experienced driller has the time or the patience to teach. We’ve started publishing a series of blogs and videos that go back to some of the basic information that drillers and helpers, new and old, should know.

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Topics: Basic drilling information

International Standards for Diamond Drilling Equipment

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Sep 24, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Ever wonder about the different types of international standards that exist for drilling equipment? Are there more than just Imperial and metric? Why are they also referred to as DCDMA and CMS?

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Topics: Basic drilling information

Watch our Video on Core Drilling Components

Posted by Rod McCoremick on Sep 14, 2021 10:30:00 AM

The next in of our series of videos about the diamond drilling industry is all about the components of core drilling. These videos are ideal for newcomers to the industry, and for workers looking to advance in their careers. We know that when you have questions, information can be difficult to get. It is why we produce so many guides, blogs and videos.

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Topics: Basic drilling information



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