Additive Adds Life to Boring Bits

Additive Adds Life to Boring Bits

Drill Defender boring bits from Kondex

Interested in Drilling?

Get Drilling articles, news and videos right in your inbox! Sign up now.

Drilling + Get Alerts

If you are a contractor who employs a horizontal directional drill on the job site, you know the practice tends to be hard on machinery. In fact, boring bits are often one of the highest product-replacement expenses impacting job profitability. That’s why heavy-duty options are ideal to keep you on the job and in the black. Drill Defender boring bits from  Kondex  are designed to give HDD contractors more control of this cost by improving the performance and life of their boring bits. The bits feature a Tungstrong laser additive that — unlike other wear-preventive options — secures the carbide inserts to the bit to prevent them from eroding away. This results in better steering, longer life, greater efficiency and higher job profitability.

“Our carbide ‘seat belting’ uses laser technology to safeguard carbide inserts, which commonly break free prematurely from competitive bits,” says Diane Riley, a marketing specialist for Kondex. “This seat belting holds the carbides in place longer to better maintain their integrity and prolong the bit’s aggressiveness and useful life. By protecting the carbide, we protect — or defend — the bit.”

The process is simple. All the contractor has to do is contact Kondex and provide them with unused boring bits. After applying the laser additive, Kondex then ships the upgraded Drill Defender bits back. According to the company, most customers see usage extended by two to four times. While a traditional bit can lose its steering after just 500 to 1,000 feet, according to Riley, some contractors have seen as much as 10,000 feet on Kondex enhanced bits. The Drill Defender exchange program is currently limited to Trihawk-style bits.

“Kondex Drill Defender bits keep their steering longer, and in all our side-by-side tests, they’ve maintained their leading edge to continue drilling after these distances and more,” Riley says. “One of our customers called to tell us they had drilled straight through a rock at a Wisconsin site with our bits. While we don’t recommend this application, as they’re designed more for cobble, the contractor was very impressed with the performance of these bits!”



Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. Comments are moderated before being posted.