ROCK DRILL SAFETY TIPS

ROCK DRILL SAFETY TIP 1

Always blow or flush out air and water hoses before connecting them to the rock drill

WHY: When the machine is off, and disconnected dirt, small stones and other undesirables get into the hoses. A quick flush ensures these stay out of the machine keeping the operator safe, and it gives the machine a longer life span.

ROCK DRILL SAFETY TIP 2

Plug air and water inlets when the hoses are disconnected

WHY: This is to keep out the undesirables that could damage or ruin the machine

ROCK DRILL SAFETY TIP 3

Always fit a line-lubricator preferably on the inlet stem, but no further than two metres from the drill. Ensure that the line lubricator is working correctly and filled with the correct grade of oil or grease.

WHY: As with any moving part that creates friction, proper lubrication is essential for long and efficient Rock Drill life.

ROCK DRILL SAFETY TIP 4

Check the drill steel for shank end damage and correct shank length. The end of the drill steel shank must be flat and square to the axis and evenly chamfered inside and out

WHY: The business end of the machine can be compared to shaving. If the razor blade is blunt, it is not going to work, take you longer and may injure you. Always keep that analogy in mind