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Evolution Drill Rigs launches a new compact multipurpose drill rig the FH1000

Evolution Drill Rigs announces the release of the FH1000, its newest addition to its range of multi-purpose surface drills. Of particular importance to EDR was to produce a machine with operational features and versatility, not currently available in the market. This has been achieved while maintaining an economical outcome. This powerful top head drive is available in either 3.9 or 6.9 M head stroke. Its hydraulic system has been based on the proven designs of the larger EDR drills and incorporates the same high quality componentry. The rotation head high torque low gear ratio allow for a stable rotation speed and fitment of an RC system. The rotation head helical gear train shares mostly common componentry with the larger FH1300. This allows for a robust design combined with quiet operation. These gearbox's are designed in house by Evolution. Traverse is achieved using a cable over sheave system. A design objective was to achieve a smooth fine feed rate and improve service life of the head slides. This required high end material selection and reducing carriage slide contact loading with the mast.

Compact design has allowed its track drive version to be packed fully assembled within a 40 ft. shipping container.


Safety has been a driver for this project with the design based on compliance with the Australian guidelines of MDG15 and the ISO standard EN16228-1&2 'Drilling and foundation equipment-Safety'. EDR decided to top mount the winch and fit as standard a failsafe winch overwind protection system. Hydraulic levers for set up and track drive are either interlocked or lockable to avoid accidental operation. The drill deck layout has been designed with maintenance accessibility a priority. Critical to achieving this was the top mount main winch and single cooler package. This allowed for better placement of components and hose routing around the deck. A single rear mast stay removes the need for deck access during rig set up.


Some of the new drills main attributes are listed below:

    •Main winch and traverse pull capacity of 9 tonnes (19,870 lbf) and 9.9 tonnes (21,783 lbf) respectively
    •Unlike many competitors the rated depth capacity of 1150M NQ is based on the lesser of the above not the higher
    •Low gear ratio of 12.6:1allows a torque to 5965 Nm with infinitely variable controls
    •High gear ratio provides a continuous torque of 564 Nm at 1500 rpm
    •Splined float spindle as standard with 3-1/2" API IF thread
    •Mast structure with removable front cover for maintenance access
    •Customer choice of diesel engines, either tier 3 compliant or mechanical governor
    •Optional hydraulic walkways and handrail system
    •Can be stand alone or mounted to a 4 x 4 or 2 x 4 truck
    •Crawler mounter with a well-balanced small footprint and ground loading

    The FH1000 provides an excellent mix of features and a world class design. This will allow the contractor more versatility in the exploration market. All this without the capital expenditure associated with the larger machines. Component quality and solid construction will allow for higher productivity with minimal downtime. The top mounted main winch will eliminate many of the spooling issues experienced with deck mount units.