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FAQ

General

Is Fordia a public company?

No, Fordia a privately owned company. The company was founded in 1977 by Clement Paquet. It is now owned by his sons Luc and Alain and under their management, Fordia has become a global organization with offices on all continents, as well as distributors in more than 25 countries.

Does Fordia have a quality control process for its products?

Fordia has always been committed to quality which is why we were certified ISO 9001. This certification and our commitment ensure that our customers get high-quality products.

Where can I buy Fordia products?

Fordia has offices on every continent and distributors in more than 25 countries. To find the office nearest you, click here.

Where does the name Fordia come from and what does it mean?

Fordia is a combination of the French words “forage”, which means drilling, and “diamant” which means diamond.

Does Fordia sell products other than diamond drill bits?

Yes, beyond the high-quality drill bits that we started manufacturing almost 40 years ago, Fordia provides high-quality drilling solutions that include diamond tools, drilling equipment, accessories and services. Our goal is offer everything a driller could need, from bits, rods and casings to additives, drill rigs and more.  These solutions are designed to increase productivity, lower costs and make life easier for the drilling community.


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Mineral
Exploration

Does Fordia make diamond drill bits in all diameters?

Yes, Fordia makes drill bits in all standard heights, diameters and configurations. We also offer solutions developed for specific requirements, such as our Vulcan series of drill bits for longer lifespan.

I am drilling in abrasive ground conditions and experiencing some problems. Does Fordia have products specifically for abrasive ground?

Fordia launched an extension to its popular HERO line of products that was developed to deal specifically with abrasive groundHERO Abrasive drill bits  have a special matrix consisting of alloys and diamonds that are very resistant to abrasive conditions and are easy to sharpen in the hardest conditions. We also offer the Matex line of drilling fluid additives which can help extend the life of bits in drilling in abrasive conditions.

Besides a bypass wedge, do you have any products that will help me fix my deviated borehole more efficiently?

We offer an outstanding product call the one-trip wedge system that allows you to wedge faster and drill faster so you can save time and money. Learn more about deviated holes.

I’ve always used Bentonite and now I want to try drilling additives. Where do I start?

It’s great that you are investigating how drilling fluid additives can help improve your performance. Fordia offers “Mud Schools” where you can learn everything you need to start using drilling fluid additives effectively. Simply complete the form to find out more.

I need to buy a drill rig but my budget is limited. Does Fordia sell used drill rigs?

Yes, Fordia offers a selection of good-as-new drilling rigs – many with a low number of working hours and some that were bought and never used.

Geotechnical &
Environmental Exploration

I need to pump concrete in my current drilling project. Do you have pumps strong enough to pump concrete?

Fordia offers the Elepump KF-50M which is ideal for pumping concrete. It is smaller and more lightweight than other pumps – 2 people can move it!

Why should I use geotechnical drill bits instead of ones made for mineral exploration?

Drill bits made for geotechnical or environmental drilling, like the GeoHawk line, are more economical as they are not required to drill deep holes. Mineral exploration usually involves much deeper boreholes so high performance drill bits that can drill many meters are required. You may still encounter specific ground conditions in geotechnical drilling that require premium bits. For those situations, you can always choose products from the T Xtreme line.

I’m having problems drilling in overburden in my geotechnical project. Is there a way I can get onsite advice?

Our technical support team is always ready to help with guidance and advice. They are often available to make onsite technical support visits.

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