How can you digitize your Core Saw Pre-start Checklist?

Shariq Ansari
January 17, 2023
5 mins to read
A worker inspecting a core saw drill prior to operations.

A core saw, also known as a diamond core drill or wet core drill, is a powerful and versatile tool that is used to cut through rock and other hard materials. This type of saw is commonly used in geology and mining applications, as it is able to produce precise and accurate cuts on core samples of rock.

Before using a core saw, it is important to conduct a thorough pre-start checklist to ensure that the saw is in safe and proper working condition. This includes inspecting the saw for any visible damage or wear, checking for proper lubrication, and ensuring that all necessary safety equipment is in place.

What does a Core Saw Pre-start Checklist cover?

  1. Visually inspect the saw - Before starting the core saw, take a few minutes to visually inspect for any signs of damage or wear. Check for any cracks or deformities in the blade, housing, or other parts of the saw.
  2. Check for proper lubrication - Lubrication is essential for the proper functioning of a core saw. Check the oil levels in the saw and ensure that they are at the correct level.
  3. Check the blade - The blade is the most important part of the core saw and it is essential to check its condition before use. Make sure the blade is securely fastened and that there are no signs of damage or wear. If the blade is damaged or worn, it should be replaced immediately.
  4. Check the electrical connections - Before turning on the saw, check the electrical connections to ensure that they are secure and in good condition. Check the power cord for any fraying or damage and ensure that the plug is properly connected to the outlet.
  5. Check the safety equipment - Before starting the saw, ensure that all necessary safety equipment is in place. This includes safety glasses, ear protection, and a face shield. It is also important to wear appropriate clothing and footwear to protect yourself from any flying debris.
  6. Check the water supply - If the core saw is equipped with a water supply system, make sure that the water supply is turned on and that the water flow is at the correct level. A sufficient water supply is essential for keeping the blade cool and lubricated, and for preventing dust and debris from becoming airborne.
  7. Test the saw - Before using the saw on a core sample, test it on a scrap piece of material to ensure that it is working properly. Observe the saw's performance, check the blade for proper alignment and check for any unusual noises or vibrations.

Following this pre-start checklist will help you to ensure that your core saw is in safe and proper working condition before using it. Remember that safety must always be the top priority when working with power tools. Always wear appropriate safety gear, and never operate a saw that is damaged or in poor condition.

Now that you know the importance of core saw pre-start checklists, it's time to put them into action. To get the best results out of your criteria, mining businesses have had to traditionally rely on their owner's manual to determine the appropriate checks to perform. But with Grid, you can set up and implement a thorough and effective core saw pre-start checklist within two minutes. The digital checklist will empower you to turn your drilling operations safer and more productive, at an unprecedented rate.

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Shariq Ansari
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