What Are Tricone Drill Bits Normally Used For?

Drill-bitTricone bites were created and utilized for the first time during the Great Depression. At the time, they were considered to be a huge advancement in drilling technology, and are still used to this day.

Tricone bits are the go-to solutions for virtually any kind of well drilling. This can include everything from digging simple water wells to extracting oil from deep underground.

Tricone drill bits come in a number of different varieties to address a variety of tasks; however, the most common are Mill Tooth bits and TCI (Tungsten Carbide Insert). This type of tricone bit is capable of handling a wide range of different rock formations including soft, hard and everything in between, but you’ll generally want to use a tricone designed and suited for the task at hand, and deciding what kind of tricone bit you will need to use largely depends on what kind of rock formation you are drilling into.

They are used to drill soft rock formations which tend to include clay, sand, limestone, and shale. Typically a Mill Tooth tricone drill bit is used when working with soft rock formations. Tricone drill bits that are ideal for soft rock formations will have long protruding teeth.

They are also used to drill medium rock formations which include dolomites, hard limestone, and calcites. When you are working with medium rock formations you are going to want to use a TCI tricone bit. You will notice tricone bits intended for medium rock formations teeth are closer together than ones used for soft formations.

And finally, they are used to drill hard rock formations, which include anything that is abrasive. Tricone bits created for hard rock formations usually have less protruding teeth that are also very close together. If you are working with a rock formation that is a little difficult to place, you are going to need to pay special attention to the type of teeth, additional seals, and gauges that you may need in order to effectively drill into the formation.

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