Boart Longyear, the global provider of drilling services, equipment and performance tooling, recently introduced its LF™160 Drill Rig and FREEDOM™ Loader during MINExpo 2016. Created with customers’ needs in mind, the LF™160 incorporates proven technology from Boart Longyear’s most popular surface coring drill rigs. “When paired with the FL262 FREEDOM™ Loader, it is ideal for contractors who want to target sophisticated surface drilling exploration contracts that stipulate some of the highest safety standards, without compromising on productivity.”
“The new FREEDOM™ series is aptly named,” said Monika Portman, Director of Product Management and Marketing for Boart Longyear. “Because drillers’ safety and productivity are front-of-mind in the design, the combination of the LF™160 Drill Rig and the LF262 FREEDOM™ Loader provides our customers with important freedoms in drilling, movement and bidding.”
With totally 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 – thus 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 FREEDOM™ 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. “And because the LF™160 is CE certified according to the latest EN16228 safety standards, contractors can be assured of the freedom to bid on contracts that stipulate these exacting requirements.” The FREEDOM™ Loader can also cycle 6 meter rods in the same amount of time as a manual cycle, meaning enhanced safety is achieved 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 m 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.