Boart Longyear has unveiled its latest LF160 Drill Rig and Freedom Loader during this year’s MINExpo in Nevada.
The LF160 incorporates technology from the company’s popular surface coring drill rigs and together with the FL262 FREEDOM Loader, it is suitable for contractors who want to target surface drilling exploration contracts that stipulate high safety standards, without compromising on productivity.
“The new Freedom series is aptly named because drillers’ safety and productivity are front-of-mind in the design,” Monika Portman, Boart Longyear director of product management and marketing, said.
“The combination of the LF160 Drill Rig and the LF262 FREEDOM Loader provides freedom in drilling, movement, and bidding.”
With hands-free rod handling, the combined rig and loader require no intervention from the driller’s assistant to trip in and align the rods or connect to the top drive head – offering greater freedom to drill by reducing the risk of hand and back injuries while handling rods.
Freedom of movement comes as a result of the loader’s remote control panel, which allows drillers to move to, and work from, a safer location and away from the risks of moving rods.
The loader can also cycle six meter rods in the same amount of time as a manual cycle, enhancing safety, without compromising productivity.
Other features of the rig and loader include a forward-tilting head design that simplifies the rod handling process and reduces the need for operator intervention and maintenance; a clamping device that maintains constant pressure at any hole depth, reducing the risk of dropped rods; a wireline winch located in the front of the mast, inside the rotation barrier, for improved visibility; depth capacity of up to 1,800 meters of NQ, accommodating the majority of diamond coring needs; the choice of a Tier 3 or 4 final engine, to comply with emissions requirements in every country; and either a crawler or truck-mount configuration.
The LF160 is CE certified according to the latest EN16228 safety standards.