3 Critical Factors To Check Before Buying A Drilling Attachment
Making the purchase of a drilling attachment is a wise choice to add to your equipment inventory. Choosing the right manufacturer will provide a drill that is dependable, reliable, and works for your equipment as well as for your equipment operators.
Customization of the Drill
There are some companies that manufacture their drilling attachments to meet the specific equipment configuration. This is ideal as it ensures that when the drill arrives on site, it can be mounted to the equipment without the need for modifications and adjustments. This decreases downtime plus it also prevents possible mismatches between the attachment and the equipment that can cause wear and operation problems over time.
It will be important to use a drilling attachment that can be easily controlled by the operator. This includes both the type of controller mounted on the equipment or in the cab as well as the location where it can be placed on the machine. Most operators prefer a joystick style as it is intuitive to use, offers top control even for slight movement and also has a small footprint in the cab.
There are different calculations that can be used to determine the cost-per-foot-drilled in any type of drilling application. To keep it simple, the drilling cost per foot can be calculated by factoring in the bit cost, drilling time, the cost per hour paid to the contractor, the round trip and the footage drilled with each bit.
For companies that have their own equipment, there will still be a cost per hour; this is equivalent to the cost of operation including fuel, wear and tear on equipment as well as the cost of the operator.
The lower the cost-per-foot for drilling, the greater the level of profit in any project. Using a quality drilling attachment that provides high amounts of footage per bit drilled will always produce lower costs, even if everything else remains a constant.