Drilling fluid additives are great products that can help resolve a lot of issues that are a result of difficult ground conditions often found in mineral exploration, geotechnical and environmental drilling. Using drilling fluid additives can have a significant positive impact on drilling performance. Drillers routinely encounter abrasive or fragmented ground, flowing sands and dry hole conditions. In the past bentonite was often used but bentonite is very abrasive and can wear down drilling equipment prematurely. Drilling additives are a better alternative to bentonite because they do not have the abrasive qualities of bentonite.