MARKETS: Mineral Exploration

    The LX™16 (KWL™1600) is a robust and versatile drill that can be configured for both reverse drilling (RC) and diamond drilling applications. The highest quality hydraulic pumps and motors available have been integrated into this powerful design to create a reliable machine that can cope with the toughest conditions. With an optional RC rod handler, this multipurpose drill is a market leader in safety and performance.

    • Designed with power to spare, separate pumps for major functions deliver full power at anytime
    • 16.4 ton pull back, rope over cylinder mast with 7.5 m head traverse
    • Boart Longyear™ RC rod handler
    • Acoustic enclosure for power pack
    • 2 speed top drive head with floating spindle suitable for both diamond and RC drilling
    • Top mounted main line hoist & wire line
    • UDR rod spinner & power breakouts to make / break rods

    LX™16 Features

    1. Top Mounted Mainline

    Improves reliability and safety by keeping cable in tension and preventing bird nesting

    2. Top Drive 2 Speed Head

    Floating spindle makes for simple rod start and allows high speed for diamond drilling and high torque for RC drilling

    3. Extendable Operator Console

    The simple and uncomplicated control panel of the LX16 has an advanced ergonomic layout, capable of extending 800 mm and turning 30 degrees

    4. Mast

    The LX16’s powerful mast is capable of 9 m rod pulls at an impressive 16,400 kg of pullback and 9,620 kg of thrust

    5. Foot Clamp

    The LX16’s foot clamps are eccentrically loaded and hydraulically operated, allowing for a higher weight holding capacity

    6. Acoustic Enclosure

    Lowers operating noise levels

    7. Acoustic Enclosure

    Lowers operating noise levels

    Optional BLY RC Rod Handler

    Fail-safe hands-free rod handling and flexible pick up positions improve operator safety

    Drilling Depth Guidelines

    Drill Rod / Core BarrelDry Hole Depth (m)Fluid Filled Hole Depth (m)Dry Hole Depth (Ft)Fluid Filled Hole Depth (Ft)
    NQ V-Wall™2,4912,8548,1739,364
    HQ V-Wall™1,9182,1986,2937,211
    PQ V-Wall™132115144,3344,967


    DesignFully welded RHS lattice construction with cross bracing
    Box section mast with 100 mm (3.94”) wide drive head wear face/ side
    Length12.35 m40.51 feet

    Traverse Actuation

    Head Traverse Length7.5 m24.61 feet
    Retract Force181.5 kN40,700 lb
    Retract Speed @ 1800 engineRPM1.067 m/sec42 in/sec
    Pull Down Force94.4 kN21,206 lb
    Pull Down Speed Rapid800 mm/sec31.5 in/sec
    Fine Feed Speed0-110 mm/sec0-4.33 in/sec

    Rotation Drive Head

    ModelLX™16 (floating spindle)
    Floating Spindle Thread3-1/2 inch IF RH male
    Floating Spindle Bore70 mm2.8 in
    Spindle Thread (Upper)70 mm (2.8 in) 8 TPI LH female
    Drive MotorDenison M14v axial piston - variable/reversible
    Hydraulic Working Pressure293 bar4,250 psi
    Drive Head Side Shift (hydraulic)457 mm18 inch

    Torque and RPM Ratings

    (Based on Engine Speed of 1,800 rpm)
    DisplacementOil flowTorqueOutput Speed
    in3/revU.S. gpmNMlbftRPM
    Core Drilling1182,1001,548925
    Reverse circulation Drilling11818,10013,408105
    NOTE: Maximum spindle speed on Drive head is 1300 RPM with motor at minimum displacement of 10 in3. Exceeding these speeds may result in damage to the unit.

    Dump Mast

    Stroke2 m6.56 ft
    LockingHydraulic Cylinder Locking System (hands free - vertical to 45

    Haul Winch

    Haul Winch Travel11 m36.1 ft
    Hoisting Capacity152.5 kN34,100 lb
    Hoisting Speed1.1 m/sec3.8 ft/sec
    Rope Usable Length14 m45.9 feet


    Drum Capacity
    Cable Size 6 mm (0.24”)2,300 m7,545 ft
    Cable Size 8 mm (0.32”)1,300 m4,265 ft
    Lift Capacity Bare Drum
    Bare Drum14.72 kN3,307 lb
    Full Drum7.85kN1,774 lb
    Hoist Speed Mid Drum4 m/sec157 in/sec
    Rope to Table AlignmentForward Tilting Drum
    Cable Supplied1,200 m @ 8 mm3,937 ft
    2,000 m @ 6 mm6,562 feet @ 0.24 in

    Hose Reeler

    Suspends all drive head travelling hoses, keeping them away from operator and in tension to prevent snaring and hose damage.

    Base Frame Assembly

    Length7.9 m25.92 ft
    Width2.5 m8.2 ft

    Jack Leg Assemblies

    Lift Capacity (per leg)188.5 kN42,284 lb

    Power Pack

    EngineCaterpillar CATC13
    Electrical System24 Volt
    Braking @ 1800 rpm328.2 kW440 HP
    Engine Speeds700 - 1800 rpm
    Torque @ 1400 rpm2010 Nm1482.5 lb/ft
    Engine Speeds (Diamond Drilling)1200 - 1800 rpm
    Estimated Fuel Burn20 - 24 L/hr5 - 6 gal/hr
    Air FiltrationDonaldson FVG16-0152 with safety element
    Pump GroupDual funk pump drive 59000 series (2 Denison P16 pump groups)
    Hydraulic Piston Pump GroupDenison triple vane - rotation (water pump, servo, spare)
    Hydraulic Vane Pump GroupDenison triple vane - rapid feed (rod handler, auxiliary, hydraulic cooler fan)

    Control Console

    PositionL/H rear corner of rig base
    Extension800 mm (31.5”) travel to facilitate visibility of work table whilst angle drilling
    YawCabinet slews 30° away from mast to facilitate visibility of work table
    Console AccessHinged access doors both sides of console
    PlatformFold up ‘jump up stand’ for operator
    LayoutAll controls and gauges ergonomically positioned for operator comfort
    Pilot Control Lever FunctionsRapid feed, rotation, haul winch, wire line winch, rod spinner
    Main Load Sense Control Valve
    Rapid feedDenison Lokomec CVG31
    Rotation, haul winch and wireline winchDenison Lokomec CVG33
    Water PressurePanel Mounted, 0-3000 psi

    Safety Cage

    Safety Cut-outOpening cage restricts oil flow to drive head motor thus limiting drive head rotation speed

    Foot Clamp

    BrandLX™ hydraulic foot clamp
    JawsPQ/HWC, HQ and NQ (one set of jaw holders supplied for use with HQ and NQ jaws)

    Water Pump

    Water PumpFMC L1118 DISC
    Water Pump Delivery Pressure103 bar1500 psi
    Fluid Delivery264 Lpm65 U.S. gpm
    Hydraulic Drive MotorVolvo F12-110
    Drive CouplingFenner Rubber Tyre
    Pressure GaugeAnalogue read out in gallons (located in control console)
    * Location above or below deck depends on carrier chassis width

    Hydraulic Oil Cooler

    Hydraulic Oil Heat Rejection45 kW2,560 BTU/min

    Power Breakout (STD)

    TypeCylinder actuated mounted on lower right hand side of mast
    ToolWrap around Spanner

    Air/Fluid Manifold

    Valves50.8 X 50.8 mm (2 x 2 inches) Ball valves with high temp seals
    1 x actuated manually
    1 x actuated hydraulically
    Air InletsAuxiliary and booster
    Air OutletsFitted with directional elbows to vent air away from operator

    Fire Suppression

    DescriptionNPF fire suppression system mounted inside acoustic
    ActivationTwo (2) manual activation points and automatic thermal activation
    Foam-based Fire Suppression SystemOperating Temperatures: 12°C - 100°C


    Operators (x2)Standard operating and safety procedures
    Spare Parts (x2)Boart Longyear manufactured components and hydraulic circuits


    Six (6) months against faulty workmanship
    Individual manufactures warranty on all components as per our terms and conditions of sale


    Upon commencement of normal drilling operations, BLY to coordinate on-site commissioning with client
    Travel and accommodation costs at client’s expense


    Weight = 21 000 kg (46,297 lb)Consisting of:
    Hydraulic Module c/w Control Console
    Haul and Wireline Winch
    Power Pack
    Rotation Drive Head
    Base Frame Assembly
    Safety Cage
    Acoustic Cover
    Foot Clamp
    Water Pump

    LX™ Rod Handler (Reverse Circulation)

    Inclusion of a rod handler typically requires the following:Tilting rod bin
    Mast rod tray
    Standard hand railing removed or modified
    Mast ladder MUST be removed

    Tilting Rod Bin

    Recommended if rod handler is fitted
    This includes rod bin verniers, tilt plates, head board and associated hydraulics
    Verniers tubes are included in standard base frame structure enabling this to be retro fitted at a later date

    Mast Rod Tray

    Required if rod handler is fitted
    Fitted into the mast, this supports the drill rod to facilitate alignment during make/break actions while using a rod handler
    Mounting points are included in standard mast frame structure enabling this to be retro fitted at a later date

    Fuel Tanks

    1000 L (264 US gal) deck mounted fuel tank mounted behind mast rest
    540 L (143 US gal) alloy round mounted to truck chassis rail, depending on available space

    Drilling Platform

    BaseFolds up for rig transport when mast is lowered
    Width1,825 mm71.85 in
    Length2,065 mm81.3 in

    Rig Lighting

    Tower Mounted Floodlights (x4)
    Console light (x1)
    High Amperage alternator (customer’s choice)

    Rod Spinner

    Rod SizesBQ, NQ, HQ, PQ
    Extension SubsBQ, NQ, HQ, PQ
    MountingLower right hand side with swing in/out

    Power Group

    CAT C13 Acert12.5 litre in-line 6 with 1 aftercooled turbochager, 4 stroke diesel with DDEC 1V electronic controls. Max power is 328kW (440bhp) @1800rpm. Peak Torque is 2010Nm (1482 lb/ft) @ 1400rpm, with an estimated fule burn of between 20-24 L/hr. Meets Tier 3, Stage IIIA emission requirments.
    CAT3406E EngineCAT 3406C 14.64 litre in-line 6 with 1 aftercooled turbochager, 4 stroke diesel. Max power is 328kW (440bhp) @1800rpm. Peak Torque is 2036Nm (1502 lb/ft) @ 1350rpm, with an estimated fuel burn of between 20-24 L/hr. Meets Tier 1, Stage 1 emission requirements.


    MercMercedes Benz Actros 4144 8x8 truck with a Mercedes-Benz OM 501LA 12 litre V6 turbocharged with intercooling, 4 stroke diesel with direct injection Telligent® engine management. Max power is 320kW (435bhp) @1800rpm. Emission level ADR80/00, Euro3. Total TARE weight of 11,320kg
    ManM.A.N. TGA 41.480 8x8 truck with a MAN D2876 12.8 litre in line 6 turbocharged with intercooling, 4 stroke diesel with common rail injection. Max power is 352kW (480bhp). Emission level ADR80/00, Euro3.
    TatraTATRA TERRNo1 28PR84/441 8x8 truck with TATRA T3D-928-20 12.7 litre V8, 4 stroke diesel engine. Max power is 280kW (375bhp) @ 1800rpm. Emission level Euro4. Total TARE weight of 13,000kg
    Cat Crawler PackageCAT330L tracks

    Decal Kit

    English decals only

    Mast Ladder

    Mounted on right hand side of mast
    Fitted with lanyard rope that allows a harness to be attached for ascending mast when vertical
    Not available if a rod handler is fitted to the rig

    Rod Handler

    RCPart of Standard Equipment. The Boart Longyear RC Rod handler capable of handling up to 4.5 diameter and 6m long RC drill pipe, with a maximum weight of 200kg. Capable of picking rods from rig mounted rod bin or separate independent rod bin. Requires 230bar @ 100LPM and 24 volts DC to operate.
    Sandvik RCSandvik rod handler suited for handling 4.5" RC pipe. Required hydrulic flow rate of 64L/min and an electrical supply requirement of 24V. Rod handler can be controlled by either radio remote or pilot hydraulic pressure. Weight 850kg.


    Conversion KitAir start, air stop, air activated E-stops, all Aluminium covered or replaced.
    RC Rod HandlerParts are aluminium covered or replaced.


    2000 psi Hydraulic HosesHoses rated for 2000psi
    2000 psi Air/Water PipesUnder deck hard piping rated and hydrostatically tested to 2000psi complete with Worcester valves also rated to 2000psi

    Rotation Barrier

    Rotation BarrierSafety barrier for the RC Breakout extension

    Acoustic Cover

    LocationEncloses engine and compressor
    AccessLarge removable doors for maintenance
    Air flowLarge air inlets with roof mounted sucker fan - hydraulic driven
    MaterialAluminum frame with dense foam filling

    UDR Spinner

    UDR SpinnerSandvik Safe-T-Spin wire line rod pre-torque/make/break tool designed to handle all common wireline rod sizes without the need to replace the jaws. Rotation functions are hydraulic with a supply pressure requirement of 180bar and a flow requirement of 100LPM. Rod capcity range of BQTM wireline to HW casing, maximum torque for breakout - 3000Nm (2200 ftlbf) and for make up 2100 Nm.


    Standard ColorAbove deck - Boart Longyear White
    Below Deck - Black
    Safety Items Yellow
    Custom ColorDrill colored to customer specification

    Water Swivel

    25K Water Swivel
    40K Water Swivel


    Commissioning, Domestic 40 Hrs
    Commissioning, International 40 Hrs

    RC Table Kit

    RC Table KitSingle hydraulic Air Drill break out up to 5.5"
    12" metzke slips set
    Single air spanner 4.5"
    Mast dump extension
    Other associated hydraulic equipment

    Dual Air Spanner

    Dual Air SpannerDual 'C' spanners actuated by an air cylinder with the control via a foot pedal on the driller platform. The top spanner has auto return while the bottom spanner has detent positioning.

    Additional Options

    Hammer OilerProvides lubrication for DTH/RC hammer when drilling
    RC Consumable KitWestrod RC consumable kit consisting of:
    Dual Swivel
    Auto blowdown
    Deflector box
    Knock on
    Boss Clamp
    Head wear tube
    Drive Sub