Let’s face it – mistakes happen every day in the field. But the more you can prevent them from happening, the easier your job becomes (it’s called working smarter, not harder). Familiarizing yourself with the ground conditions before you start drilling allows you to properly select the right tool for the job. Check out Radius’ guide for the best bits and blades that will help you avoid those costly mistakes:
Hard Rock & Shale: Do rocks feel pain? There’s only one way to find out. Look for a bit with a steep taper and sharp teeth to allow for easier penetration and quicker steering in extreme conditions.
Recommended Radius Rock Tool: Monster Blade or Steep Taper Jagger Blade
Cobble, Gravel & Loose Rock: Cutting through cobble can be complicated (say that five times fast). A bit that’s too pointed runs the risk of getting caught up in the rubble. Instead, use a bit with a “scoop” design to effectively remove smaller, loose debris while chewing through the hard surface.
Recommended Radius Rock Tool: Cobble Bit or Radius Rock Bit
Sand & Clay: These conditions can be a real beach. If you’re drilling in packed sand, you’ll want a pointed bit with some kickass carbides for extra protection against the abrasive material. For loose sand or soft clay, switch out the point for a wide blade for extra steering control.
Recommended Radius Rock Tool: Steep Taper Rubble Blade or Rubble Blade