Economic factors of hydraulic rock drilling equipment

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 72, No. 811, 1979

R.G. BRADBURY, Manager, Mining Equipment Department, Atlas Copco Canada Ltd., Pointe Claire, Quebec

The paper uses two hypothetical, but typical, situations to show that hydraulic rock drilling equipment has very significant economic advantages over pneumatic equipment both in drifting applications (even in the situation where advantage is not taken of the high productive capacity of the hydraulic drill) and production drilling applications.Other factors, including the non-economic advantages and the disadvantages of hydraulic drilling, are discussed. The paper concludes with a brief analysis of why the Canadian mining industry has been slow to take advantage of this apparent broadly advantageous advance in rock drilling technology.
Keywords: Equipment, Maintenance, Drilling, Hydraulic drilling, Drifting, Tunnelling, Cost factors.