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Have you ever found yourself covered in mud attempting to get the threads of a heavy reamer spun onto the drill string? It can be miserable — 12 to 15 turns of the tool and a lot of attention to detail so you don’t accidentally cross-thread the connection. It's certainly not one of the highlights of working in directional drilling.
There is a better way of making tooling connections on the job. The Vermeer QuickFire connection system makes swapping out tooling fast and secure.
What makes the QuickFire system different
The non-torqued Vermeer QuickFire connection system only requires four turns to thread on a drill housing. Its coarse, tapered, robust thread profile helps prevent cross threading, stripping, and damaging the threads. It allows you to place the threads deeper into the starter rod before you need to start spinning. After the threads are nearly tight, you just need to slip the collar over the top of the connection and torque the collar bolt.
To ensure the tooling connection holds up in harsh working conditions, Vermeer added a patent-pending stress-release groove and large dual lands designed to transfer bending loads away from the thread profile. The QuickFire system also has a robust o-ring that maximizes fluid delivery to the tool.
Converting to the QuickFire system
Vermeer QuickFire system components are available in multiple sizes for drilling rigs rated up to 5,500 ft-lb (7457 Nm) of torque. Vermeer also offers weld-on and weld-over connection options to cost-effectively convert existing tooling to the QuickFire connection system.
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