PDC HydraMAX Hole Openers

PDC is the world’s first company to succeed at integrating fixed-cutter technology with large-diameter hole opening. This breakthrough resulted in the PDC HydraMAX hole opener – a unique, high-performance tool that provides the world’s fastest drilling performance under the right conditions.

The HydraMAX enables the user to efficiently widen pilot holes to any desired diameter up to 60” – or even greater – drilling large-bore holes running thousands of feet. Typical applications are crossings under rivers, lakes or urban areas, plus any other situation where ground-level or watercourse disturbance must be avoided. Drilling farther than standard tools means no tripping to clean the hole, fewer overall trips down the hole, fewer problems throughout the job, and more efficient job execution. All of that means you’ll be faster to getting pipe in the hole.

The PDC HydraMAX hole opener was conceived, designed, tested and manufactured in-house, using finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. The diamond-toothed PDC HydraMAX line is optimized for consistent, relatively hard rock, while our TCI HydraMAX line is built for inconsistent as well as ultra-hard rock applications.

  • Applicable to wellbore enlargement of all types
  • Small-bore range 10”-24”
  • Larger-bore range of 30”-60” – with larger sizes available upon request
  • In use with major operators across North America
  • Available for sale worldwide
  • Controlled and driven by horizontal/directional drilling rig at surface
  • Future control through new-generation mud motor
  • Standard size range available off-the-shelf
  • Custom-design is available for virtually any specific application where wellbore enlargement is the desired effect

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