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Rock Drilling

What we can achieve with Rock Drilling

We at SW Directional Drilling are a specialist within the UK Rock Directional Drilling industry, Owning on of the few JT 3020 "All Terrain" Drilling Rigs in the whole of Europe. With this method pipelines of almost any material, with diameters of up to 1000mm and lengths to 1000m can be installed in one single operation. Rock Directional Drilling prevents the need for costly and inefficient trenching methods which is are harmful to the environment and create massive amounts of waste materials. As with most trenching operations the impact on local surroundings can be massive and extremely unpleasing on the eye whilst also bringing very high installation costs. We aim to reduce those costs to you enabling your operations to become more feasible. Our Rock drill uses Ditch Witch's patented "All Terrain System", this is a much more efficient and cleaner method than other "out of date" rock drilling methods such as using mud motors, which have limited accuracy and power whilst using excessive amounts of fluid.

Typical examples of the types of task we can achieve for all utility and drainage pipelines

Almost anything is achievable with this method even if you think it may not be possible, we can provide you with a solution to your problem.


The beginning of the process starts with receiving hole and entrance pits. These pits will allow the drilling fluid to be collected and reclaimed to reduce costs and prevent waste. The first stage Directionally Drills a pilot hole on the designed path, and the second stage enlarges the hole by passing a larger cutting tool known as the back reamer. The reamer's diameter depends on the size of the pipe. The driller increases the diameter according to the material being cut and creates for optimal production. The third stage places the product or casing pipe in the enlarged hole by way of the drill steel and is pulled behind the reamer to allow centering of the pipe in the newly reamed path.