Cable percussion

Cable percussion drilling is the UK’s most common form of drilling for standard geotechnical and ground investigations. Boreholes are formed using a shell or clay-cutter (which drill bit is used for the investigation depends entirely on the formation being bored into). Then, as the percussive drilling progresses, steel casing is lowered into the borehole to ensure the integrity and stability of the surrounding borehole walls. One of the main benefits to cable percussion drilling is that it can tackle most types of ground situation, both consolidated and unconsolidated substrate formations. Cable percussion drilling can also drill deeper, and drill further into the water table.

our crew & process

Crews consist of two fully NVQ trained operatives, one a lead driller and the other a support operative. In addition, operatives also have various certifications such as SSSTS, cable avoidance, first aid etc.

A crew consisting of two operatives arrive with an appropriate rig, tooling, casing and consumables required to achieve depth and installation requirements etc.


The rig is typically towed into position via a 4×4, the rig is then via an electronic winch erected into the correct position of the borehole, hand pitting is also done prior to avoid any potential service disruption. 

At Borehole Solutions Limited our fleet of Cable Drilling rigs, are widely used on various public, private and governmental construction projects.

Each crew typically also carries with them a tablet and mobile printer, so that logging can be performed on site, we can provide logging in PDF and AGS format for importation into systems such as Holebase etc.  

Further information on cable percussion drilling


For a full introduction of the Cable Percussion Drilling process, Rig Measurements & Model Types available please see the below links…

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