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Hydraulic Drifter Specialist
What is a Drifter?
You get two main types of Drifters also known as a Rock Drill – Hydraulic Drifter and Pneumatic Drifter (air). In this article we will be focusing on the HYDRAULIC DRIFTER used on Drill Rigs for Surface and Underground mining activities.
A hydraulic Drifter or Rock Drill is a high frequency hammer that uses shock wave transmission (Percussion), Rotation torque and water/air flushing to allow a drill bit to penetrate rocks. With years of advancement in materials and hydraulic technology there isn’t a cheaper, safer and faster way to drill into rocks to depths of 2m to 24m vertically or horizontally.
Below is a video on basic drilling principles that are applicable to surface and underground drilling.
Feed – Percussion – Rotation – Flushing
Where are Hydraulic Drifters used?
Surface and Underground Drill rigs
There are two main types of Drill rigs that use hydraulic drifters, Top hammer drills: Crawler drills that are used for opencast mining; and Drill jumbos that are used for operations such as tunnel and production drilling. Both types are mainly used to drill holes for charging explosives for blasting or roof support for safety.
Surface Drill Rigs
Open cast mines – Quarries – Construction sites:
CPA – Excavator Mounted Drill Attachment
Crawler Drill Rig
Underground Drill Rigs
Single Boom – Tunneling and Production Drilling
Double Boomer – Tunneling and Production Drilling
Rail track Mounted Boomer
Cable bolters and Rock Reinforcement
Also know as bore diameter (Internal Diameter): Hole Diameter varies depending on application, drifter power (kw) and rock hardness. On average hydraulic drifter can drill holes diameters ranging from +/- 24mm to 178mm.
Hydraulic Drifter Maintenance at Insumbi:
Hourly Maintenance is key:
When drilling the drifter begins to wear on certain internal components, there are strict hourly service intervals that when done saves companies money on repairs and catastrophic failures in the future.
The only way a Drilling Contractors/Mines or Construction Sites can save money on repairs is a strict a maintenance schedule for all drifters and drill Rigs.
Daily Maintenance should be carried out by a qualified site mechanics that have gone through our training course.
Drill Operators should be certified and re-certified when there has been site abuse identified through our rigorous failure reports and oil analysis that we issue to our customers.
400hr 800hr 1000 hr
That’s where Insumbi Technical Business fits in.
All our customers drifters that are in for repairs are placed on hourly maintenance. This allows us to build a history file on your hydraulic Drifter. Planned maintenance allows Insumbi to hold stock for quick repair turn around times and less down time.
Our extensive knowledge in the drilling industry and years of experience on Surface/Underground mines makes our service team the Leaders in Hydraulic Drifter Repairs. Our highly trained technicians will maintain and service your drifters while saving you down time and money.
- We are the leaders in the repair and maintenance hydraulic drifter / rock drill industry.
- We use OEM parts and Superior replacement parts.
- For extended quality all Drifters are dyno tested to simulate drilling environment. Performance is recorded to note which drifters are underperforming.
- All repairs and spares comes with OEM equivalent warranty
Insumbi Service Centre repairs the following drifters:
HC20 HC25 HC50 HC109 HC120 HC150 HC158 HC160
Sandvik (Tamrock) Rock Drill Repair
Atlas Copco (Epiroc) Drifter Repair
Furukawa Drifter Repair
HD700 Series and HD800 Series
Yamamoto YH Drifter Repair
TEI Drifter Repair
Sandvik TOP HAMMER XL
Sandvik TOP HAMMER XL
Sandvik Top hammer XL is there latest innovation that’s making waves in the “Drill and Blast” industry. The new, Top Hammer XL drilling system consists of Pantera™ DP1600i drill rig, RD1840C rock drill and LT90 rock tools. It expands the limits for top hammer drilling, allowing you to drill blast holes from 140 to 178 mm (5½ to 7″) with the top hammer drilling method.
It fits perfectly for production drilling in large quarries or open pit mines.
RD1840C ROCK DRILL
The RD1840C Rock drill is Sandviks most powerful drifters on the market. 49 kW drilling power! Its robust design and well-balanced long piston percussion package are made especially for demanding circumstances. The long piston technology generates high-impact energy with optimum pulse form. This provides perfect drilling performance in large hole drilling without compromising the rock tools’ service life. The geometry and physical dimensions of the RD1840C rock drill have been optimized for the Top Hammer XL drilling system.
|Hole diameter||140-178 mm (5½-7)|
|Power class||49 kW|
|Percussion rate||39 Hz|
150 bar (630cc)
110 bar (800cc)
|Rotation motor size||630 cc|
|Drill steels||MF tube LT90, GT60|
|Shanks||Ø80mm / LT90|
Ø800mm / GT60
|Weight||570 kg (1255 lbs)|
Insumbi Technical Business Service Centre
Sandvik Drifter Repairs:
Let us support your drilling activities in Southern Africa.
Our qualified technicains can keep your Drill rig drilling at optimal performance with world class support from our Insumbi team.
Insumbi can maintain and repair your RD1840C Rock drill (Drifter). Our global reach allows us to repair your drifter at the fraction of the cost with an OEM Equivalent warranty.
CAT Engine Repair:
Sandvik Top hammer XL (Pantera DP1600i) runs on a Caterpillar Diesel Engine either a CAT C11 or CAT C9.3B.
All Engines are Dyno tested and come with manufactures warranty.