P&H 285XPC blasthole drill

Blasthole drills

P&H 285XPC

  • Up to 53,524 kg (118,000 lbs.) of bit loading
  • Handles 229 to 349 mm (9 to 13 ¾ in.) hole diameters
  • Up to 59.4 m (195 ft.) maximum hole depth for a single pass mast
  • Diesel powered for maximum mobility
  • Powerful top-drive, rack-and-pinion pulldown
  • Superior propel and maximum-strength crawler frames
  • Rugged masts designed for high-cycle fatigue resistance
  • Excellent operator visibility using full windows and video cameras
  • Productive operator environment, including operator error protection systems

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The 285XPC rotary blasthole drill provides up to 53,524 kg (118,000 lbs.) of bit loading, specifically designed for 229 and 311 to 349 mm hole diameter applications. This drill is used in copper and iron mines worldwide.

Powerful pulldown

  • Top-drive, rack-and-pinion pulldown has fewer wearing components requiring maintenance, contributing to better machine availability
  • Powerful rotary carriages provide ample torque and bit loading to break through the toughest rock conditions

Superior propel 

  • Mainframes and crawler frames are built for maximum strength and stand up to the most challenging hard rock mine conditions
  • Rugged crawlers and powerful hydrostatic propel drives deliver manoeuvrability, gradability, and fast set-ups

Rugged masts

  • Drill mast is designed for high-cycle fatigue resistance, resulting in less downtime and lower costs for crack repair
  • Mast, constructed of high-strength alloy steel, provides maximum rotary carriage and drill string support

Excellent operator visibility

  • Operator's cab provides a clear, unobstructed view of the drilling area, including the areas surrounding the drill
  • Full windows, coupled with video cameras, ensure that your operator has maximum visibility during drilling and propelling operations
  • Operator's chair can swivel to face the travel direction, allowing safer repositioning

Protective and productive operator environment

  • FOPS Level II-certified structure and shatter-resistant glass protects your operator during harsh mining conditions
  • Operator controls are located within easy reach to allow for maximum productivity

Superior extreme environment capabilities

In addition, the 285XPC has options available that make it ideal for some of the toughest mining conditions in the world:

  • Arctic conditions: equipped with the necessary heaters and insulation to protect both your operator and the drill in temperatures that reach -40°C (-40°F)
  • High altitude: has the power and air capacity to maximize productivity in altitudes up to 4572 m (15,000 ft.)

Working ranges

Hole diameter

229 to 349 mm

9 to 13 3/4 in.

Single pass mast:
Standard hole depth
Maximum hole depth

19.8 m
59.4 m

65 ft.
195 ft.

Maximum bit loading

53,524 kg

118,000 lbs.



Lattice-type usingalloy steel structural shapes

Single pass mast

19.8 m

65 ft.

Raising and lowering

267 mm

10.5 in.

Hoist / pulldown


Dual hydrostatic / direct-drivechainless rack and pinion

Bit loading(maximum)

53,524 kg

118,000 lbs.

Drill feed rate to:

13.72 m/min.

45 ft./min.

Hoist rate to:

27.43 m/min.

90 ft./min.

Overall dimensions

Width, overall

7.83 m

25 ft. 8 in.

Height, mast up

27.77 m

91 ft. 2 in.

Height, mast down

8.38 m

27 ft. 5 in.

Length, mast up

16.83 m

55 ft. 3 in.

Length, mast down

28.72 m

94 ft. 3 in.

Overall width of crawlers

5.52 m

18 ft. 1 in.

Overall length of crawlers

7.04 m

23 ft. 1 in.

Width of jacks

3.91 m

12 ft. 10 in.

Length between jacks

9.51 m

31 ft. 2.5 in.

Height to top of operator cab

4.81 m

15 ft. 10 in.

Weight (approximate)

Operating weight (maximum)

146,510 kg

323,000 lbs.

Shipping weight with mast

128,367 kg

283,000 lbs.

Ground-bearing pressure for track pads

129 kPa

18.8 psi

Ground-bearing pressure for jacks

787 kPa

114 psi

The electrical control system includes key operator protection systems, including:

  • Over-temperature shutdowns
  • Over-tilt protection
  • Pipe rack interlock protection
  • Pipe protection software

The following optional equipment upgrades are available for the 250XPC:

  • Bit lubrication
  • Cold weather package
  • Fire suppression
  • High altitude package
  • Remote propel control
  • Wiggins Fastfil system*

*The Wiggins and Fastfil trademarks are the property of their respective owners.