Top hammer XL: Expand the limit open up a world of possibilities

Sandvik is challenging the industry and proving that a seemingly marginal difference can make a significant change. The new Top Hammer XL drilling system expands the limits for top hammer drilling. You can now drill blast holes 140 to 178 mm (5½" to 7") with the top hammer drilling method instead of your current down-the-hole (DTH) system. At the same time, you achieve faster, more fuel-efficient, and more cost-effective drilling. Don't miss out on our product launch in March 2021.

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Sandvik is changing the industry by introducing this kind of innovative top hammer drilling technology. One of the unique features is that the Top Hammer XL system expands the hole size range of top hammer drilling technology to 140–178 mm (5 ½ to 7”). The drilling method is highly fuel-effective and can give you a considerable reduction when it comes to CO2 emissions.


“A key asset of the Top Hammer XL concept is that all three main components of the drilling system – the rig, the rock drill and the rock tools – have been reviewed, redesigned and mutually optimized. It truly works very well as a whole”. Jukka Siltanen, Product Line Manager, BU Rock Drills at Sandvik

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Compare your down-the-hole (DTH) set-up with the Top Hammer XL. Our calculator can show you how to save fuel, reduce CO2 emissions and increase your productivity. *

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How can top hammer XL reduce your climate impact?

Higher speed and penetration rate

The top hammer drilling method used in the Top Hammer XL system can give you significantly increased drilling speed and penetration rate compared to DTH-methods on the market.

50% less fuel consumption

With the new Top Hammer XL system, you can save up to 50% fuel due to the inherently more fuel-efficient top hammer drilling method and more productive drilling.

Radically reduced CO2 emissions

50% less fuel consumption gives you a significant reduction in CO2 emissions , making your business more sustainable. With the Top Hammer XL system you could reduce your C02 emissions by more than 530 000 kg per year which is equal to the annual CO2 emissions of 170 family cars.

Reducing the environmental footprint is a must in our industry to fight climate change.

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Our customers are constantly looking for new ways to optimize their drilling operations and at Sandvik we are glad to be able to provide that.

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The story of the Top Hammer XL system


Optimizing drilling operations and cutting costs is a constant focus of surface mining companies. Sandvik now has a powerfull solution for this: Top Hammer XL. This new concept expands the hole size range of the top hammer drliing up to 178 millimeters (7"). The Top Hammer XL system makes your drilling procedure duel efficient and challanges the DTH drilling with the opportunity to drill much larger scale holes than before.

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* Calculations presented on this page are estimations based on field test results under specific controlled conditions. The results may vary depending on actual drilling conditions and thus Sandvik does not guarantee the same outcome in any other condition.