Long life buttons
11 June 2008
A new series of button bits from Sandvik deliver great value in almost all rock conditions, especially those in which button breakage is a problem, according to the company. The RT300-series of bits for drifting and tunnelling are optimum cemented carbide buttons for drilling a wide range of rocks, with increased toughness but without compromising its very high resistance to wear.
According to Sandvik, the RT300-series drill bits give more than twice the service life of the bits used previously, with stoppages down, productivity up and bit costs cut in half. Rig operators are happier too, says Sandvik market support engineer Robert Olsson, when drillers have productivity targets and bonuses in mind.
"Nothing annoys them more than bit failure," he said. "If button failure is a problem in your rock formation then you will see a big increase in bit life with Sandvik RT300. But even if button breakage is not a problem in your rock, you can still expect a +10 to +20% increase in bit life, compared with current Sandvik drill bits."