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Avoid These Operating Mistakes to Maximize Drill Life

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

If you're working with a heavy duty piece of equipment like an excavator rock drill, then chances are you're working in generally raw environments. Construction is in and of itself an industry where risk is a part of the game – everything is dangerous, both to yourself and your equipment. Clearing an area for the creation of a foundation or another project type requires you to take into consideration the difficulties associated with blasting natural rock apart and excavating areas utilizing an excavator rock drill.

Put bluntly, without the proper care, you'll run into equipment issues, you may have to make more repairs than necessary, and you could even run the risk of damaging the equipment. All drills wear out with time, and this is no different for major drill rigs. But with a little care and a checklist, you can ensure that your drills or rented drills retain optimal condition.

Optimize Positioning

Excavator drill bits are best preserved by calculating each drilling session in a way that best utilizes the bit without causing unnecessary damage of any sort through optimal drill positioning.

Keep in Mind Environmental Compatibility

Drills are very sturdy pieces of equipment, but there are certain kits that are built and designed to ensure that a drill functions within optimal parameters in what amount to less than ideal environmental conditions. From underwater kits to other options for environmental compatibility, it's important to keep in mind what conditions you'll be working under.

Ignore Proper Data Collection

By far the most critical point of a good drilling operation – and indeed, every single session – is to first gather and prepare adequate data. Probing, scaling and examining the area to be excavated – from the type of material you're dealing with to the exact specifications and dimensions of the excavation job – is essential for managing drill quality and ensuring that you don't destroy your equipment.

Recording data before an excavation isn't enough, as per Utility Magazine. You have to count on frequent data recording sessions in order to update your best course of action for excavation, coordinating between your drilling sessions and debris removal to make sure your rig isn't in any way obstructed by what it removed from the landscape.

So long as you record data regularly, keep in mind the environmental conditions within which your drill will have to function (including weather conditions and a drill rig's compatibility with possible heavy rain or extreme cold), and optimize the way in which you approach surfaces with the excavator drill bit, you should be just fine.