A GAME-CHANGING MINERAL SAMPLING
SOLUTION FOR TOUGH ENVIRONMENTS
EQUUS DRILLING SYSTEM
This unique drilling system is revolutionising the mineral sampling process when operating in challenging environments.
Dense bushland, farmland, forestry, steep terrain or damp ground environments and/or those within close proximity to communities presents significant challenges for exploration drilling operations. Producing high quality samples using conventional drilling methods may not be possible.
The conventional vacuum drilling method struggles in wet ground, while air-core drilling requires a larger footprint drill due to the higher energy requirements for air consumption.
Drilling operations in these conditions need equipment with a small footprint and low environmental impact.
THE EQUUS SOLUTION
JSW’s Equus system combines a unique drill bit and drilling method with a special purpose, small footprint drill carrier.
The unique ‘Vac-core’ drilling method facilitates effective drilling in wet ground conditions and variable chip and sample sizes which can be adapted to client requirements – and it delivers quality results.
The carrier is an all-terrain customised tractor-mounted carrier which has 450mm of ground clearance allowing it to climb over fallen logs, large granite boulders and other forest debris, and can operate on 30+ degree slopes. It requires no clearing or access tracks and its low pressure footprint leaves minimal trace of its presence.
The rig has in-built safety measures to prevent injury and damage from working in forestry environments. Both the driller and offsider are protected by an engineered and rated overhead protection system whilst drilling.
The driving cab of the machine is both ROPS and FOPS. It’s fitted with a rod cage and all rod changing is hands free with a 20m capacity rod carousel.
Full custom PLC and sensors electronic system fitted to each machine features inhouse data capture, and data transmission technology allows for recording and reporting of drilling activity in real time via web portals.