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Xs Drill Systems

Overburden Casing Systems

Xs Drill SystemsThis new patented overburden casing system is becoming popular amongst users of both ring bit and eccentric drilling equipment. It is the Easiest and Fastest way to drill and case a hole at the same time in difficult overburden soil. We are offering different systems, depending on if the casing is left in the ground or if it needs to be retrieved, and the depth of the hole and different other variables.

With a variety of casing shoe designs it is adaptable to all casing needs; however, the Xs Drill™ system is found to be particularly useful in deep overburden where rocks and boulders are a problem.

The Xs Drill™ system is simple in operation and has many advantages over conventional techniques: The same large DTH hammer is used for setting and for sub-drilling. For example, when setting 6 5/8" O.D. casing, a full size 6" hammer can be used. The use of a 6" hammer offers advantages over using the conventional 5" hammer, adding more blow energy and greater flushing air at depth. These advantages result in faster drilling and greater depth capability.

When the casing has been set, the same 6" hammer and special 6" diameter drill bit (Square bit™) can be passed through the casing crown to continue drilling a 6" diameter hole to the desired sub-casing depth.

Description: The Xs S (standard) system is used with any size casing and is especially useful with thin wall casing. The life of this system is extended due to its geometry and the crown has an internal shoulder (donut) to transfer impact from the driver to the top of the crown, which provides the necessary force to drill and drive down casing. The crown has a socket that fits over the casing for better welding alignment. This design can be used with large DTH hammers. When working with heavy wall casing we recommend the use of the Xs T drill, which is made especially to give maximum clearance for sub-casing drilling.

Advantages:

Components:

Driver bit
Crown bit
Square bit
Driver Bit
Crown Bit
Square Bit
  • Driver Bit: The driver bit is the device that transfers impact and rotation to the crown bit for drilling. The driver bit locks into two flats on the casing crown, and they act together as a standard drill bit; both the driver bit and the crown have tungsten carbide buttons. The Driver bit drills a pilot hole of 3" below the crown to guide the direction of the casing in rough drilling. Afterwards this pilot space below the crown allows the square bit to turn without touching the crown.
  • Crown Bit: The crown bit is a two-piece unit permanently connected together. The upper part is welded to the casing and the lower part, which has Tungsten Carbide, is free to rotate with the driver bit.
  • Square Bit: The drill-through bit is specially shaped to pass through the crown's flats and to drill the sub-casing hole to a maximum hole diameter, enabling in most cases the use of a larger diameter hammer than the competition.
  • Impact Zone: Direct energy from the hammer is transferred to the crown bit through two (2) recesses formed by the locking surface plus a projection all around the periphery of the driver (donut).
  • Evacuation: Two (2) big air holes are drilled in the face of the bit (drilling end). Those holes are directly connected to two (2) large flushing airways, placed at 160 degrees between each other; these flushing grooves transfer the drill debris from the drilling end of the driver up to the hammer zone. To help keep a good flow of debris, two (2) other smaller air holes in the flushing airways help give the cuttings some velocity.

This model also comes with a "rotational-crusher zone." That protective zone is placed at the end of the flushing airways just under the hammer spline drive. This zone (patent pending) is to improve evacuation by preventing accumulation of rocks and gravel at a recess point. By turning the driver against a fixed casing, the rock is crushed into smaller particles and then evacuated through the casing.

 
System
4.500
5.000
5.250
5.500
5.500-B
5.500-C
5.750
6.000
Casing O.D.
4.500
5.000
5.250
5.500
5.500
5.500
5.750
6.000
Casing I.D.
4.100
4.380
4.470
5.106
4.720
4.634
5.120
5.220
Wall
0.197
0.310
0.390
0.197
0.390
0.433
0.315
0.390
Crown O.D.
5.160
5.565
5.655
6.250
5.910
5.750
6.250
6.400
Crown Flats
3.450
3.730
3.720
4.315
4.000
3.815
4.315
4.570
Square Bit O.D.
3.450
3.730
3.720
4.315
4.000
3.815
4.315
4.570
Hammer
3"
4"
4"
4"
4"
4"
4"
5"
 
System
6.625
T 6.625
7.000
7.625
8.625
T 8.625
10.000
10.125
Casing O.D.
6.625
6.625
7.000
7.625
8.625
8.625
10.000
10.125
Casing I.D.
6.250
6.000
6.450
6.690
8.250
8.000
9.528
9.490
Wall
0.188
0.312
0.275
0.470
0.188
0.312
0.236
0.315
Crown O.D.
7.500
7.500
7.700
7.940
9.500
9.500
11.230
11.190
Crown Flats
5.500
5.500
5.700
5.940
7.500
7.500
8.420
8.380
Square Bit O.D.
5.500
5.500
5.700
5.940
7.500
7.500
8.420
8.380
Hammer
6"
6"
6"
6"
6"
6"
8"
8"
 
System
10.500
10.750
12.750
14.000
16.000
16.500
18.000
20.000
Casing O.D.
10.500
10.750
12.750
14.000
16.000
16.500
18.000
20.000
Casing I.D.
9.500
10.000
11.750
13.000
15.250
15.320
16.820
19.000
Wall
0.500
0.375
0.500
0.500
0.375
0.590
0.590
0.500
Crown O.D.
11.190
11.700
13.250
15.000
17.000
17.220
18.720
21.000
Crown Flats
8.380
8.890
10.190
11.340
13.440
13.660
15.160
15.940
Square Bit O.D.
8.380
8.890
10.190
11.340
13.440
13.660
15.160
15.940
Hammer
8"
8"
8 / 10"
12"
12"
12"
12"
12"
 
System
22.000
24.000
26.000
28.000
30.000
32.000
34.000
36.000
Casing O.D.
22.000
24.000
26.000
28.000
30.000
32.000
34.000
36.000
Casing I.D.
21.000
23.000
25.000
27.000
29.000
31.000
33.000
35.000
Wall
0.500
0.500
0.500
0.500
0.500
0.500
0.500
0.500
Crown O.D.
23.000
25.000
27.000
29.000
31.000
33.000
35.000
37.000
Crown Flats
17.940
19.690
21.440
23.440
24.940
26.940
28.690
30.440
Square bit O.D.
17.940
19.690
21.440
23.440
24.940
26.940
28.690
30.440
Hammer
18"
18"
18"
18"
18"
18"
18"
18"
 
The values indicated in this chart should be used as indications only.

Step 1: Once the crown has been welded to casing, align the driver between the crown flats.

Step 1
  Step 2: Lower the driver and turn clockwise to lock the driver with the crown. Step 2
Step 3: Drill through any formation. Direct energy is transferred to the crown by the driver. The driver, the lower part of the crown, and the drill string rotate together while the upper part of the crown and the casing do not rotate (welded together).
Step 3
Step 4: Once the casing reaches the rock, turn counter clockwise and pull back the drill string. Install and drill through with the square bit for maximum hole diameter.
Step 4

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Xs F System

  • For shallow blind holes

  • Easy to retrieve the casing

  • Oversized crown for concrete injection

  • Fast and Economical
Xs F System - side view
Description: The Xs F (Floating) system is especially designed for piling, micropiling, anchor installation, and other civil engineering applications in shallow holes whether the casing is left in the hole or pulled. The Xs F can be used with any size of casing. The life of this system is much improved because of its geometry, which has two (2) internal shoulders (donut). One transfers impact to the drive shoe, giving the necessary force to drive down casing. The second transfers energy directly to the crown bit for drilling.

Advantages:


Components:

  • Very Easy to Use: This system has only 3 components: The driver bit, a welded ring, and a lost crown. As long as you keep turning in the same direction, the crown will stay in its locking grooves.
Xs F Drill
  • Driver Bit: The driver bit is the device that transfers impact and rotation to the crown bit for drilling. The driver bit locks into two flats on the casing crown, and they act together as a standard drill bit; both the driver bit and the crown have tungsten carbide buttons. The Driver bit drills a pilot hole of 3" below the crown to guide the direction of the casing in rough drilling. Afterwards this pilot space below the crown allows the square bit to turn without touching the crown.
  • Ring Bit: The crown bit is a single unit with Tungsten carbide, held on the driver only by the locking surface.
  • Driving Shoe: The driving shoe is welded to the casing and receives the impact from the driver bit down the casing. The drive shoe is the same O.D. as the casing to allow for easy retrieval.
  • Square Bit: The drill-through bit is specially shaped to pass through the crown's flats and to drill the sub-casing hole to a maximum hole diameter, enabling in most cases the use of a larger diameter hammer than the competition.
  • Easy to Unlock: By reversing the rotation the crown will automatically drop to the bottom of the hole.
  • Easy to Retrieve the Casing: If you have to retrieve the casing, this system is by far the best. Once the ring is dropped, nothing protrudes out of the casing. Minimal force is needed to pull back.
  • Re-Usable Weld Ring: If you retrieve the casing, you can re-use the welded ring.
  • Adaptable Drilling Diameter: If the casing needs to be grouted in the soil with a clearance, the manufacturer can make the crown of the Xs F system to the desired diameter.
  Xs F System  
  Welding Ring
   
   
Driver Bit
 
   
   
   
  Floating Crown
   
   
   
   
  • Impact Zone: Direct energy from the hammer is transferred to the ring bit through two (2) recesses formed by the locking surface plus a projection all around the periphery of the driver (donut).
  • Evacuation: Two (2) big air holes are drilled in the face of the bit (drilling end). Those holes are directly connected to two (2) large flushing airways, placed at 160 degrees between each other; these flushing grooves transfer the drill debris from the drilling end of the driver up to the hammer zone. To help keep a good flow of debris, two (2) other smaller air holes in the flushing airways help give the cuttings some velocity.

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Xs T System

  • Complete drilling system (crown, driver, and square bit)

  • You can use a bigger hammer in bedrock

  • Choice of crown configurations
Xs T System
Square Bit -- Crown -- Driver Bit

Description: The Xs T (thick) system can be used with any size casing, but is predominantly designed for thick wall casing. The Xs T design has four (4) recessed portions to transfer impact directly from the driver to the crown, giving the necessary force to drill and drive down casing. The crown has a socket that fits over the casing for better welding alignment. This design allows the driller to be able to drill the same diameter in bedrock as the casing I.D. with our special square bit and allows the use of larger DTH hammers.

Advantages:


Components:

Driver bit
Crown bit
Square bit
Driver Bit
Crown Bit
Square Bit
  • Driver Bit: The driver bit is the device that transfers impact and rotation to the crown bit for drilling. The driver bit locks into four flats on the casing crown, and they act together as a standard drill bit; both the driver bit and the crown have tungsten carbide buttons. The Driver bit drills a pilot hole of 3" below the crown to guide the direction of the casing in rough drilling. Afterwards this pilot space below the crown allows the square bit to turn without touching the crown.
  • Crown Bit: The crown bit is a two-piece unit permanently connected together. The upper part is welded to the casing and the lower part, which has Tungsten Carbide, is free to rotate with the driver bit.
  • Square Bit: The drill-through bit is specially shaped to pass through the crown's flats and to drill the sub-casing hole to a maximum hole diameter, enabling in most cases the use of a larger diameter hammer than the competition.
  • Impact Zone: Direct energy from the hammer is transferred to the crown bit through four (4) recesses formed by the locking mechanism.
  • Evacuation: Two (2) big air holes are drilled in the face of the bit (drilling end). Those holes are directly connected to two (2) large flushing airways, placed at 160 degrees between each other; these flushing grooves transfer the drill debris from the drilling end of the driver up to the hammer zone. To help keep a good flow of debris, two (2) other smaller air holes in the flushing airways help give the cuttings some velocity.

This model also comes with a "rotational-crusher zone." That protective zone is placed at the end of the flushing airways just under the hammer spline drive. This zone (patent pending) is to improve evacuation by preventing accumulation of rocks and gravel at a recess point. By turning the driver against a fixed casing, the rock is crushed into smaller particles and then evacuated through the casing.


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Xs GT System

The Xs GT system is especially designed for piling, micropiling, anchor installation, and other civil engineering applications. Overburden can be cased and sub-casing anchor sockets drilled in the bedrock in one operation without removing the drill string.

  • Pass through

  • Same driver for casing and socket drilling

  • Easy to start the socket drilling operation

  • Socket diameter same as casing I.D.
Xs GT System
Description: The Xs GT system is predominantly designed for piling, micropiling, anchor installation, and other civil engineering applications where casing is left in the hole. Overburden can be cased and sub-casing anchor sockets drilled in the bedrock in one operation, with the same driver-bit, without removing the drill string. The driver has four (4) recesses that transfer impact directly to the crown, giving the necessary force to drill and drive down casing. The drilling end of the driver bit, like conventional bits, is bigger than the body itself to provide clearance when drilling in bedrock.

 

 

 

Components:

  • Driver Bit: The driver bit is the device that transfers impact and rotation to the crown bit for drilling. The driver bit locks into four flats on the casing crown, and they act together as a standard drill bit; both the driver bit and the crown have tungsten carbide buttons. The Driver bit drills a pilot hole of 3" below the crown to guide the direction of the casing in rough drilling. Afterwards the same driver bit can be used for sub-casing drilling.
  • Crown Bit: The crown bit is a two-piece unit permanently connected together. The upper part is welded to the casing and the lower part, which has Tungsten Carbide, is free to rotate with the driver bit.
System
Casing O.D.
Casing Max Wall
Crown I.D.
Crown A/F
Crown O.D.
Drive O.D.
Hammer
Xs GT 4.500
4.500
0.250
4.000
3.300
5.200
3.950
3"
Xs GT 5.000
5.000
0.300
4.400
3.700
5.625
4.350
4"
Xs GT 5.250
5.250
0.350
4.550
3.850
5.750
4.500
4"
Xs GT 5.500
5.500
0.350
4.800
4.100
6.125
4.850
4"
Xs GT 6.000
6.000
0.390
5.220
4.470
6.500
5.170
4"
Xs GT 6.625
6.625
0.390
5.845
5.145
7.100
5.795
5"
Xs GT 7.000
7.000
0.310
6.380
5.680
7.630
6.330
5" / 6"
Xs GT 7.625
7.625
0.470
6.685
5.836
8.180
6.635
6"
Xs GT 8.625
8.625
0.500
7.625
6.775
9.125
7.575
6"
Xs GT 10.750
10.750
0.500
9.750
8.550
11.800
9.700
8"
Xs GT 12.750
12.750
0.500
11.750
10.550
12.600
11.700
8" / 10"
Xs GT 14.000
14.000
0.500
13.000
11.800
15.050
12.950
10"
Xs GT 18.000
18.000
0.500
17.000
15.500
20.100
16.900
12"
Xs GT 22.000
22.000
0.500
21.000
19.500
24.100
20.900
12"
Xs GT 26.000
26.000
0.500
25.000
23.500
28.100
24.900
12"
Xs GT 30.000
30.000
0.500
29.000
27.500
32.100
28.900
12"
Xs GT 36,000
36,000
0.500
35.000
33.500
38.100
34.900
12"
The values indicated in this chart should be used as indications only.

Step 1: Once the crown has been welded to the casing, align the driver between the crown flats.

Xs GT System   Step 3: When the casing reaches the rock, turn counter clockwise and pull back 12 inches. Xs GT System
Step 2: Lower the driver bit and turn clockwise to lock the system together. Step 4: Turn 90 degrees and go back through the crown for sub-drilling.
  • Impact Zone: Direct energy from the hammer is transferred to the crown bit through *two/four (4) recesses formed by the locking surface.
  • Evacuation: Two (2) big air holes are drilled in the face of the bit (drilling end). Those holes are directly connected to two (2) large flushing airways, placed at 160 degrees between each other; these flushing grooves transfer the drill debris from the drilling end of the driver up to the hammer zone. To help keep a good flow of debris, two (2) other smaller air holes in the flushing airways help give the cuttings some velocity.

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Xs Tunnel System - Umbrella, Drainage, and Injection Applications

  • Easy locking/unlocking

  • More buttons

  • More impact surface

  • Trouble free
Xs Tunnel System

The Xs TS (tunnel system) has already been adapted to improve productivity.

Easy locking System: It is very easy to lock the driver bit with the crown. There is no possibility for the driver to get jammed into the crown while entering.

Easy Unlocking: With top hammers there is no need to break the joint before unlocking the driver from the crown after drilling. First unlock the assembly (while joints are tight), then break the joints and retrieve.

More Impact Surface: The Xs TS offers 50% more impact surface to transmit the percussion from the driver bit to the crown, resulting in greater driver life.

Full Face Configuration: With the Xs TS system you really have a full face configuration. All the buttons on the face of the driver and on the crown are equally distributed, thus allowing for some smoother drilling with less torque demand.

System
Casing O.D.
Casing Max Wall
Crown I.D.
Crown O.D.
Driver O.D.
Thread
Xs 3.000 TS
3.000
.32
1.95
3.5
2.30
T/C 32
Xs 3.500 TS
3.500
.32
2.45
4.0
2.80
T/C 38
Xs 4.000 TS
4.000
.40
2.80
4.5
3.15
T/C 38
Xs 4.500 TS
4.500
.40
3.30
5.0
3.65
T/C 38
Xs 5.000 TS
5.000
.40
3.80
5.5
4.15
T/C 38/45
Xs 5.500 TS
5.500
.40
4.30
6.0
4.65
T/C 45
Xs 6.625 TS
6.625
.40
5.40
7.12
5.80
T/C 45

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Xs R System

Description: The Xs R (retrievable) system is used with any size casing that needs to be retrieved from the ground. The crown O.D. is only slightly bigger than the O.D. of the casing and is butt-welded to reduce drag when pulling the casing. The Xs R system is used with a standard size hammer because the crown is smaller in dimensions; this system can be made under Xs S or Xs T versions.

 

Advantages:

 

Components:

Driver bit
Crown bit
Square bit
Driver Bit
Crown Bit
Square Bit
  • Driver Bit: The driver bit is the device that transfers impact and rotation to the crown bit for drilling. The driver bit locks into two or four flats on the casing crown, and they act together as a standard drill bit; both the driver bit and the crown have tungsten carbide buttons. The Driver bit drills a pilot hole of 3" below the crown to guide the direction of the casing in rough drilling. Afterwards this pilot space below the crown allows the square bit to turn without touching the crown.
  • Crown Bit: The crown bit is a two-piece unit permanently connected together. The upper part is butt-welded to the casing and the lower part, which has Tungsten Carbide, is free to rotate with the driver bit.
  • Square Bit: The drill-through bit is specially shaped to pass through the crown's flats and to drill the sub-casing hole to a maximum hole diameter, enabling in most cases the use of a larger diameter hammer than the competition.
  • Impact Zone: Direct energy from the hammer is transferred to the crown bit through four (4) recesses (Xs T version or two (2) recesses plus a projection all around the periphery of the driver (Xs S version).
  • Evacuation: Two (2) big air holes are drilled in the face of the bit (drilling end). Those holes are directly connected to two (2) large flushing airways, placed at 160 degrees between each other; these flushing grooves transfer the drill debris from the drilling end of the driver up to the hammer zone. To help keep a good flow of debris, two (2) other smaller air holes in the flushing airways help give the cuttings some velocity.

This model also comes with a "rotational-crusher zone." That protective zone is placed at the end of the flushing airways just under the hammer spline drive. This zone (patent pending) is to improve evacuation by preventing accumulation of rocks and gravel at a recess point. By turning the driver against a fixed casing, the rock is crushed into smaller particles and then evacuated through the casing.

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Xs GT R System

Description: The Xs GT system is especially designed for piling, micropiling, anchor installation, and other civil engineering applications when casing needs to be retrieved from the ground. Overburden can be cased and sub-casing anchor sockets drilled in the bedrock in one operation, with the same driver-bit, without removing the drill string. The driver has four (4) recessed portions that transfer impact directly to the crown, giving the necessary force to drill and drive down casing. The drilling end of the driver bit is slightly bigger than the core itself to provide clearance when drilling in bedrock.

Advantages:

  • Advantages Using Xs GT Over Other Systems (Coming soon)
  • Advantages Over Other Systems (Coming soon)

Components:

  • Driver Bit: The driver bit is the device that transfers impact and rotation to the crown bit for drilling. The driver bit locks into four flats on the casing crown, and they act together as a standard drill bit; both the driver bit and the crown have tungsten carbide buttons. The Driver bit drills a pilot hole of 3" below the crown to guide the direction of the casing in rough drilling. Afterwards the same driver bit can be used for sub-casing drilling.
  • Crown Bit: The crown bit is a two-piece unit permanently connected together. The upper part is welded to the casing and the lower part, which has Tungsten Carbide, is free to rotate with the driver bit.
  • Impact Zone: Direct energy from the hammer is transferred to the crown bit through four (4) recesses formed by the locking mechanism.
  • Evacuation: Two (2) big air holes are drilled in the face of the bit (drilling end). Those holes are directly connected to two (2) large flushing airways, placed at 160 degrees between each other; these flushing grooves transfer the drill debris from the drilling end of the driver up to the hammer zone. To help keep a good flow of debris, two (2) other smaller air holes in the flushing airways help give the cuttings some velocity.

Advantages over Eccentric System

Straighter Holes: Because this ring bit system doesn't use any eccentric parts, it will drill in any overburden with almost no deviation. The driver bit also has a pilot portion that drills 3" to 5" before the crown bit, allowing it to keep the casing very straight. If you try to drill on the side of a boulder with an eccentric system, the reamer will kick you out of your trajectory.

Better Rate of Penetration: There are two (2) distinct advantages when drilling with the Xs drill system:

  • Concentric: On the crown bit there are carbide buttons all around the periphery of the hole, as opposed to approximately one third (1/3) on an eccentric system. That means for each turn you do with a ring bit you have in fact drilled a deeper portion of that hole.
  • Hammer: If you have a lot of bounders or if you need to drill in fractured rock, the Xs is the only system offering the advantage of using a larger hammer to drill with the crown. The penetration rate in rocks will be almost the same as if you are drilling with a conventional oversized bit.

Smooth Drilling: Compared to an eccentric method, drilling with the full face Xs drill system will be an unbelievable experience. Working with an eccentric system is very hard on every piece of equipment due to excessive torque applied by the reamer on the driver device, hammer, drill rods, rotation head, and mast.

Wear on Gage Carbide Button: The wear on the carbide buttons on an eccentric system (on the pilot and especially on the reamer part) will occur very fast, especially in abrasive rock or harder ground. On the Xs drill system there are double the quantity of carbides on the gage row that are actually needed to give extended life.

Components: Eccentric systems consist of a lot of different components, all necessary for its operation. Usually there is a pilot bit, a reamer bit, a driver, steel balls, set screws, pins, spring pins, etc. If you are using a wing-type system, a driver device, two, three, or four wings, pins, screws, spring pins, etc., all of those parts are very costly, and this can cause you a lot of time on the job site. With the Xs drill system there is a driver with a crown already assembled and ready to drill. That's it!

Toughness of Parts: In those eccentric and/or wing bit systems every component is very fragile, and as soon as you have a little bit of wear in the overall system those parts are inclined to break without notice and leave you again with down time.

Direct Energy Transfer: With the Xs drill system, the energy given by the hammer is transferred directly and entirely to the drilling part of the crown bit and not to the driving shoe.

Easier to Weld: The crown bit is composed of two (2) assembled swivel parts. The lower rotating part, which has carbide buttons to drill, receives the impact and rotation from the hammer. The upper part is welded to the casing, doesn't receive any percussion directly from the hammer, and is pulled down with the casing through a swivel joint. The impact of the joint is minimized because the drilling action of the rotating crown portion has absorbed most of it, leaving however enough energy to pull down the casing.

Less Maintenance: In almost any other system there is a lot of maintenance to do on the most expensive part, which is the driver device. The driving shoe is fixed to the casing and the driver rotates and impacts on the upper shoe, causing rapid wear to appear on the driver, which needs to be repaired or replaced. On the Xs drill system that grinding effect is transferred to the swivel joint between the upper and lower part of the crown, which is left in the hole 90% of the time.

Advantages Over Other Ring Bit Systems

Straighter Holes: The Xs drill system will drill in most overburden with almost no deviation. The driver bit has a pilot portion that drills 3" to 5" before the crown bit, allowing it to keep the pipe very straight.

Better Rate of Penetration: One advantage of drilling with the Xs drill system is the size of the DTH hammer used. If you have a lot of boulders or if you need to drill in fractured rock, the Xs is the only system offering the possibility to use a larger hammer to drill with the crown. The penetration rate in rocks will be almost the same as if you are drilling with a conventional oversized bit.

Easier to Weld: The crown bit is composed of two (2) assembled swivel parts. The lower rotating part, which has carbide buttons to drill, receives the impact and rotation from the hammer. The upper part is welded to the casing, doesn't receive any percussion directly from the hammer, and is pulled down with the casing through a swivel joint. The impact of the joint is minimized because the drilling action of the rotating crown portion has absorbed most of it, leaving however enough energy to pull down the casing.

Less Maintenance: In almost any other system there is a lot of maintenance to do on the most expensive part, which is the driver device. The driving shoe is fixed to the casing and the driver rotates and impacts on the upper shoe, causing rapid wear to appear on the driver, which needs to be repaired or replaced. On the Xs drill system that grinding effect is transferred to the swivel joint between the upper and lower part of the crown, which is left in the hole 90% of the time.

Advantages Over Wing Bit System

Straighter Holes: Because this ring bit system has a contiguous surface (full face) compared to the large empty portion between wings, it will drill in any overburden with almost no deviation. The driver bit also has a pilot portion that drills 3" to 5" before the crown bit, allowing it to keep the casing very straight. If you try to drill on the side of the boulder with an eccentric system, the reamer will kick you out of your trajectory.

Better Rate of Penetration: There are two (2) distinct advantages when drilling with the Xs drill system:

  • Concentric: On the crown bit there are carbide buttons all around the periphery of the hole, as opposed to approximately one third (1/3) on an eccentric system. That means for each turn you do with a ring bit you have in fact drilled a deeper portion of that hole.
  • Hammer: If you have a lot of bounders or if you need to drill in fractured rock, the Xs is the only system offering the advantage of using a larger hammer to drill with the crown. The penetration rate in rocks will be almost the same as if you are drilling with a conventional oversized bit.

Smooth Drilling: Compared to the wing bit method, drilling with the full face Xs drill system will be an unbelievable experience. Working with a wing bit system is very hard on every piece of equipment due to excessive torque applied by the wings, on the driver device, hammer, drill rods, rotation head, and mast.

Wear on Gage Carbide Buttons: The wear on the carbide buttons on a wing bit system (on the pilot and especially on the wing part) will occur very fast, especially in abrasive rock or harder ground. On the Xs drill system, there are double the quantity of carbides on the gage row that are actually needed to give an extended life.

Components: Wing bit systems consist of a lot of different components, all necessary for its operation. Usually there is a driver device, two, three, or four wings, pins, screws, spring pins, etc. All of those parts are very costly, and this can cause you a lot of time on the job site. With the Xs drill system there is a driver with a crown, already assembled and ready to drill. That's it!

Toughness of Parts: In those wing bit systems every component is very fragile, and as soon as you have a little bit of wear in the overall system those parts are inclined to break without notice and leave you again with down time.

Direct Energy Transfer: With the Xs drill system, the energy given by the hammer is transferred directly and entirely to the drilling part of the crown bit and not to the driving shoe.

Easier to Weld: The crown bit is composed of two (2) assembled swivel parts. The lower rotating part, which has carbide buttons to drill, receives the impact and rotation from the hammer. The upper part is welded to the casing, doesn't receive any percussion directly from the hammer, and is pulled down with the casing through a swivel joint. The impact of the joint is minimized because the drilling action of the rotating crown portion has absorbed most of it, leaving however enough energy to pull down the casing.

Less Maintenance: In almost any other system there is a lot of maintenance to do on the most expensive part, which is the driver device. The driving shoe is fixed to the casing and the driver rotates and impacts on the upper shoe, causing rapid wear to appear on the driver, which needs to be repaired or replaced. On the Xs drill system that grinding effect is transferred to the swivel joint between the upper and lower part of the crown, which is left in the hole 90% of the time.

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