Drilling services and equipment supplier Boart Longyear’s MDR700 underground coring mobile drill rig is catching the eye of exploration drillers, mining house geologists and exploration managers alike.
- Reduced risk of hand injuries
The MDR700 is the first and only underground coring mobile drill rig with an on-board rod handler. The risk of hand and back injuries associated with handling rods is significantly reduced on the MDR700. The rod handler sets new standards for ease-of use, versatility, and most importantly, safety. The rod handler isolates the driller from the hazards of manual rod handling.
The mobility of the new MDR700 is a time-saver when moving from hole-to-hole using an agile Manitou diesel-powered four-wheel drive carrier. In a study where the rig was moved 500 m, the average time to move the MDR700 rig from hole-to-hole proved to be 80% faster than a regular underground exploration rig owing to its multi-mode four wheel steering.
- Wide angle drilling
The next generation design of the integrated positioner and turntable offers extremely wide drilling angles for greater productivity and impressive reach to make positioning and drilling a series of holes easier. The rig features sophisticated articulations with eight movable joints so you can drill 270° horizontally and vertically up to vertically down. The MDR700 also allows you to drill in a spherical manner without having to reposition the unit.
4. Enhanced safety and productivity
The Drill Control Interface (DCi) provides semi-automation and a fully electronic interface to safely and efficiently operate both the rod handler and the drill. The DCi is a substantial step for increased safety on-site by moving the driller away from moving parts and hydraulic hoses – isolating the driller from the hazards.
5. Reduced time between set-ups
Set-up is quick and easy with the fully hydraulic positioning system and handheld remote controller. The MDR700 moves are faster and easier with the four-wheel drive diesel engine-powered Manitou carrier. Operating the MDR700 and the rod handler is smooth and easy when paired with the DCi. And the MDR700’s maintenance-friendly layout provides easy access for hydraulic servicing.