Hitachi drills to new depths

Hitachi drills to new depths

Four years after Hitachi originally provided its power tools to a caving expedition team intent on exploring exciting new underground systems in Spain, the tools are still going strong – despite operating in the most arduous of environments.

“The Hitachi cordless 18V SDS Hammer Drill has been in almost constant use both abroad and in the UK since then and has been a real asset to our club,” explains cave explorer Chris Jones. “Through the use of this drill we have explored great extensions beyond the 1987 limit in Cueva del Agua and increased the depth of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu in Wales to over 300m – the deepest in the UK.”

Only with a drill are cavers able to safely climb upwards, placing bolts into the featureless walls as they go. The quality of the drill is of significant importance here, as many bolts are placed at full arm’s length. A heavy or inefficient drill is often the cause of failing to reach the top.

“I’m really pleased the team has found our cordless tools so long lasting, powerful, tough and reliable,” says Simon Miller, Marketing Director for Hitachi Power Tools. “We will be supporting the cavers with more technology and power tools in 2018.”

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