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Arbutus Medical is an orthopaedic equipment company developing innovative devices for use around the world. 

DrillCover Hex

The DrillCover Hex is Arbutus Medical's flag ship product. A safe, sterile, reusable barrier for use with hardware drills. Inquire now for availability. 

DrillCover Hex System

What is it?


A simple non-cannulated orthopedic drill

A durable hardware drill enclosed in a sterile, liquid and pathogen proof cover allows for non-cannulated drilling and driving of short pins.

This is our most simple and affordable orthopedic power tool.

What can it do?

The DrillCover Hex System is best suited for non-cannulated drilling as well as driving of short K-wires, steinmann pins or external fixator pins.

An optional AO quick connect attachment can be added for quick exchange of AO type drill bits.

Why should you use it?

The Arbutus Medical DrillCover technology saves money without compromising safety or performance. The hardware drill used in the system was carefully selected to match the speed, torque, and ergonomics of a conventional surgical drill, while the cover provides a fully sealed liquid and pathogen proof sterile barrier.

Conventional orthopaedic drills are expensive and one drill is not enough as it takes time to clean and sterilize instruments between cases. Multiple DrillCovers allow a busy hospital to perform back-to-back surgeries with a single drill by simply replacing the battery with a fully charged one to ensure plenty of power, and loading the drill into a new sterile cover.

The Starter Kit

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The DrillCover Hex System Starter Kit contains everything you need to get started. It includes:

  • 1 DeWalt Drill

  • 2 Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries

  • 1 Battery Charger (plug types A, C and G available)

  • 1 DrillCover Hex Linen*

  • 1 3-Jaw Chuck Adapter

  • 1 chuck key

  • Optional: AO attachment (to use with half-moon shaped drill bits)

* For hospitals/clinics performing 2+ orthopedic cases / day, we recommend additional DrillCover Hex linens and 3-Jaw Chuck Adapters. This allows you to perform multiple back-to-back surgeries with a single drill, simply by replacing the linen and 3-Jaw Chuck between patients.

Part Specifications


DrillCover Hex Linen

  • Material: Waterproof textile and construction (including fully-taped seams); pathogen-barrier, Level IV textile

  • Lifetime: 75 uses

  • Sterilization: Steam autoclave only. Gravity displacement at 121° C for 30 minutes; Prevac autoclave at 132° C for 4 minutes or 134° C for 3 minutes.

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3-Jaw Chuck Adapter

  • Chuck Type: Keyed

  • Capacity: 0.5mm - 7.4mm (0.020in - 0.291 in)

  • Material: Surgical-grade stainless steel

  • Warranty: 2 years from purchase date

  • Sterilization: Steam autoclave only. Gravity displacement at 121° C for 30 minutes; Prevac autoclave at 132° C for 4 minutes or 134° C for 3 minutes.


Dewalt DCF610 Drill, Batteries & Charger

  • Speed: Variable at 0 - 1050 RPM (rotations per minute)

  • Battery: 2x 12V rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries

  • Drill Stall Torque: 70 in-Ibs (8 N-m)

  • Weight: 1 kg (2.2 Ibs)

  • Charger Voltage & Plug Type: 120V or 240V; Plug types A, C or G

US FDA (Food & Drug Administration): The DrillCover Systems Family is registered as a Class I medical device with the US FDA.

Health Canada: The DrillCover Systems family is licensed as a Class II medical device by Health Canada.