If you want the most drill for your dollar, pay attention to key features and components that maximize return on investment and minimize downtime.
Each drill is designed to accommodate certain drilling conditions. These include mechanical drills for drilling in sand, clay and loamy soils or hydraulic drills for better performance in all soils and most rock formations. For hard rock formations, use with down-the-hole hammer. Selecting the right drill sets your crew up for a successful project and ensures the drill withstands the conditions it’s up against without falling apart after one use.
A drill’s components also play a role in ROI. Look for frames consisting of heavy-duty welded steel, and 2-inch diameter thick drill pipes with connections made of heat-treated alloy steel. These components help the drill withstand challenging conditions, such as corrosion in hot, humid climates. With quality components, drill operators also limit trips to a repair shop for replacement parts.
When it’s time for maintenance, avoid excessive downtime with easily accessible adjustment screws and locking nuts for removing slack from the drive chain. Models with conveniently located greasing points save time during routine greasing. With proper maintenance, expect your drill to achieve a service life of anywhere from five to 20 years.
Most importantly, expect support for just as long. Your manufacturer should stand by its service commitment and ensure your drill is worth every dollar.
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