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How does diamond drilling work?

How does diamond drilling work?

To understand how does diamond drilling work, you must understand what diamond drilling is. Diamond Drilling is a form of core drilling that uses rotary drills. Diamond Drilling works by using diamond segments integrated into the blade, which supports the creation of precisely measured holes.

The diamond drills are precision tools, creating clean, accurate holes with diameters ranging between 8mm to over 1500mm. As Diamond Drilling is a non-percussive technique the structural integrity is maintained, and vibration and noise are kept to a minimum. All diamond drill runs water through the driving shaft to ensure that the tool doesn’t overheat and the workspace remains dust-free.

For more information on the role of water in Diamond drilling and sawing click here

Why is Diamond Used?

Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring material in the world, making it the perfect material for cutting through almost anything including some of the toughest materials including concrete, metal, and glass. The only material these drills cant cut through is wood and diamond. Diamond segments work by grinding and not cutting, the grinding technique is achieved by individual diamond crystals being exposed on the face and sides of the blades.

What can be diamond drilled?

Almost all materials can be diamond drilled including some of the toughest materials such as concrete, metal, and glass, the only materials diamond drills can’t cut through are wood and diamond.

Types of Diamond Drills

Now you know how diamond drilling works, you need to know what types of diamond drills there are. There are three types of diamond drills each with its benefits and uses.

Handheld Diamond Drill:

 Handheld Diamond Drilling

  • Can be used in smaller spaces
  • Anchoring isn’t needed therefore no anchor hole is created
  • Useful for smaller drilling projects.


  • The handheld drill could be used for projects in confined spaces
  • minimal holes are needed
  • Where it is not possible to use a drill that requires an anchor hole

Rig Based Diamond Drill:

Rig-Based Diamond Drilling

The drill is mounted onto a rig that can be anchored to either a wall or floor allowing drilling to commence either horizontally or vertically.


  • Reduces HAV’s
  • can be used horizontally or vertically

Trailer Mounted Diamond Drilling Rigs:

Trailer Mounted Diamond Drilling Rigs

Trailer mounted diamond drilling rigs are self-contained towable units that contain: a generator power source, a 500-litre water carrier and a diamond drilling motor in one unit.


  • Reduces HAV’s
  • has a generator power source – making this drill perfect for large open space with limited power access
  • don’t need to be bolted down.

How does diamond drilling work?

To answer the question ‘How does diamond drilling work?’ it is simply by using a drill bit with integrated diamond segments within the blade to grind almost any material to create precise holes.


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