Boart Longyear has introduced the S250-M3 rock drill, a product designed to minimize noise and vibration for operators.

“A drill operator stated that it was the first time he could feel his hands and feet after using a rock drill for a full shift,” said John Nielson, global product manager at Boart Longyear. “The S250-M3 reduces the noise level by 6 decibels, which results in half the noise.”

The company says that, when compared to competing rock drills, the S250-M5 has 50 percent less noise. While being quieter, the company says the S250-M5 doesn’t skimp on power: It features an increase of 39 percent in torque — a gain of more than 6 inches in penetration per minute at 110 psi. The drill also, due to decreased vibration, sees less wear, allowing it to last longer without repair.

The S250-M3 has three variations for different customer needs: jackleg, stopper and sinker. Drill hex chuck ends come in 22 mm and 25 mm.

While the S250-M3 is significantly quieter, Boart Longyear, of course, still recommends industry standard hearing conservation efforts to maintain operator safety.

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Boart Longyear, based in Salt Lake City, offers drilling services, equipment and performance tooling for the mining industry. The company has more than 9,000 employees worldwide, manufactures equipment in six global factories, and sells to customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit