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Surface Set Core Bits

Fordia’s line of surface set core bits meets the needs of drilling companies operating in differing ground conditions. With a choice of diamond grades ranging from coarse to fine, and a variety of profiles, choosing the appropriate surface set core bit is now easier than ever.


The following chart describes the main grades if diamonds available. Please note that the grade represents the number of stones per carat (SPC) and not the quality of the stones. Other grades of diamonds are also available for custom orders.


Choose a synthetic diamond tool for a more economical solution or opt for a natural diamond if you need greater cutting ability. For drilling in hard to very hard ground, a diamond impregnated crown is always a good choice. Whatever the case, you can always count on one of our representatives to help you pick the best product for your needs.


Standard profile, ideal for most ground conditions.


Preferred profile for harder, abrasive ground conditions with rocks.


A profile that provides a faster rate of penetration, but is a bit more fragile especially in fractured ground. Generally used with wireline core barrel systems.


A profile that provides good stability, and a good rate of penetration and recovery. Ideal for soft to medium ground.


A very durable profile that provides good stability. Ideal for ground that is very fractured.


A profile that helps in the recovery of core samples in very fragile ground.

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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.

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