Your browser is not supported anymore.

We suggest changing from Internet Explorer to another option. The Internet Explorer browser is no longer supported by Microsoft. Please install or upgrade one of the browsers below.

HERO™ Core Bits

Since 2009, HERO core bits have been many diamond drillers’ most popular choice. HERO bits are recognized within the industry for offering an outstanding penetration/lifespan ratio. The entire line of HERO core bit is manufactured using only the highest grade diamonds, which are coated with titanium in order to preserve their cutting abilities. What’s more, HERO line of core bits is manufactured using a unitary furnacing process that ensures the consistency required to meet Fordia’s exceptional quality standards.


With its six matrices, the HERO line allows drillers to achieve excellent drilling performance in ground with rock hardness ranging from 3.5 to 8 on Mohs scale, and is also suitable for softer, abrasive ground. Each matrix within this series is available in a Vulcan configuration for deep hole drilling. For hard, abrasive ground, make sure to choose the HERO Abrasive line of core bits for the same excellent penetration/lifespan ratio.



HERO 3 matrix is specially designed to provide an excellent penetration/lifespan ratio in soft and abrasive ground such as sandstone, shale and limestone.

  • Ideal for abrasive ground with a hardness rating of between 3 and 5.5 on Mohs scale
  • Recommended in a pie-shape configuration to allow a greater evacuation of drill cuttings
  • 13 mm standard diamond height available in Vulcan 16 mm


HERO 5 provides optimum performance in soft to medium hard ground, while also offering good performance in hard ground. Choose the HERO 5 for ground consisting of diorite, abrasive coarse-grained granite, basalt or dolomite.

  • Works well on soft to medium hard ground rated 4 to 6 on Mohs scale
  • Its unique composition includes larger synthetic diamonds for optimal penetration in a variety of grounds
  •  13 mm standard diamond height, also available in Vulcan 16 mm, 20 mm and 26 mm



HERO 7 matrix is one of the most popular in the industry. It cuts through quartz and all types of granite or equivalent hardness rocks without any problem, and is well adapted to softer and abrasive ground.

  • Works on medium to hard ground between 5 and 6.5 on Mohs scale
  • Available in a variety of crown configurations
  • Available in Vulcan 16 mm, 20 mm and 26 mm


HERO 9 facilitates drilling in hard to very hard ground, such as granite or syenite. It offers great lifespan even under the most demanding drilling conditions.

  • Works better in hard to very hard ground, between 6 and 7.5 on Mohs scale
  • Matrix allows easy sharpening and long lasting life
  • Available in Vulcan 16 mm, 20 mm and 26 mm


HERO 11 matrix is specially designed to conquer hard to extremely hard ground, such as basalt, felsic or volcanic rock that is often found in South America or Australia.

  • Suitable for very hard to extremely hard ground, from 6.5 to 7.5 on Mohs scale
  • Extremely sharp matrix provides more bite than lower level matrices
  • Available in Vulcan 16 mm, 20 mm and 26 mm


The HERO 13 is a new matrix developed for drilling in the hardest ground, such as calcite, quartzite and taconite. This bit will stay sharp without the need for heavy bit pressure or water flow reduction. It is a freer cutting core bit and as part of the HERO line of products, it provides the same excellent penetration/lifespan ratio.

  • Suitable for very hard ground, from 7 to 8 on the Mohs scale
  • Good self-sharpening qualities
  • Available in Vulcan 16 mm, 20 mm and 26 mm

Most popular products


Whether you are looking for specific technical insights on one of our products, or whether you are looking for general information on how to make the best configuration selection, we offer a wide array of documents to support you.


The HERO™ series is well known for its outstanding penetration/lifespan ratio. Each core bit comprising the series goes through a rigorous selection process and addresses specific performance requirements.


Subscribe to our blog to get all new content

We are happy to announce that as of August 2, 2021, all Canadian Fordia offices will be making drill rigs available to their customers. In an earlier blog this year, we announced that drill rigs would be available for sale in the USA and that proved to be successful, so Canada will now join the USA in adding drill rigs to their portfolio of drilling equipment for the mineral exploration industry.

The mineral exploration industry has seen a lot of change in the last few years. One of the most common challenges is finding employees. Between the cyclic nature of the industry and the recent pandemic, many experienced drillers have left and replacing them has been difficult for many companies.

At the beginning of the year, we decided to update our popular eGuides so our customers would have the latest and greatest information. We started with our most popular guide on choosing the right core bit and are now in the process of taking each guide and updating its information to represent the many changes that have occurred over the last few years.

Customer service is our priority.

Please reach out to us. Our team is ready to help with tips, advices or an onsite visit.