HARDAB Rod Handling System

With HARDAB drill rigs you get something different, something you can not get anywhere else. The HARDAB patented rod handling system, an easy but robust system. The rod handling system is a revolutionary simple and fast but nevertheless, extremely reliable system for lifting drill rods. Rods are simply loaded for drilling by tilting the basket until a rod falls in the arm and the claws close. The last thing is just a simple motion upwards and you are ready for drilling. With HARDAB Rod Handling System it is that fast and easy.

Who much do you lift in a year?

This a general DTH drilling operation in Sweden.

Let us say that we have to drill 198 meters, that divided by 3 (we use 3-meter rods) is 66 pieces of rods.

66 pieces of rods weight 1584 kg (1 piece=24 kg), but after getting the rods in the hole we have to pick them up too, that is an additional 1584 kgs and a total of 3168 kgs of rods lifted for every hole.

Consequently, you could say some drillers lift over 3000 kgs or even more per day without knowing it. In a week with 4 holes drilled that rises to the immense amount of 12 672 kgs. In a year it is even more hair-raising, in 47 weeks (some weeks we go on vacation) it is 47*12 672 kg = 595 584 kg in total lifted by the rig operator.


595 584 kgs are more than eight space shuttle Atlantis.

Lifting a space shuttle is not a sound idea even if spread out over a year, it is obtainable and many times a day drill rig operators do this. But regardless of how cool or how much training you get at work, it will harm your body over time and serious back injuries may be sustained. Our sincerest advice, if you want to avoid these injuries and have a great retirement, is to get an HARDAB drill rig with our rod handling system.

This is who it works.

HARDAB Rod Handling System is one of the most trusted rod handling assistance systems available.

The system is hydraulic without unnecessary relays and electronic components. You can get it automatic where you only click a button to start the system or manual meaning the use of levers.

The rod is put in the arm by tilting the basket until one pipe is loaded in the claw. The next thing is just a simple movement upwards and the rod is placed.

Liftning increase the risk of injuries.

Lifting drill rods increase the chance of repetitive strain injuries (RSI) affecting tendons, tendon sheaths, muscles, nerves, and joints. It causes persistent or recurring pains most commonly in the neck, shoulders, forearms, hands, wrist, and elbows. Description of how RSI’s feel range from “a sense of discomfort” to “excruciating pain”. General symptoms include numbness, tingling and burning sensations, swelling around the wrist and hand, wasting of the muscles at the base of the thumb and aches and pains which may be strongest at night. With HARDAB you don’t need to lift rods and eliminate the risk of injuries associated with lifting rods.