HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DRILL BIT – Choosing the right drill bit is essential if you are going to drill a hole that is clean and easy to drill. With the variety of drill bits available, it is not surprising that many of us find it more that a little difficult to know exactly what drill bit is best used for what type of material. Take a look at this guide which provides practical information, on the types of drill bits available and what materials, such as concrete, they are best suited to drill. Once you have finished reading this guide you’ll never have to worry about choosing the right drill bit again.
What are you trying to drill through? Wood, Steel, Concrete, Granite, Plastic, Acrylic, Glass, Ceramic? Drill bits are manufactured for specific jobs so it is important to use the right one if you want to drill a hole cleanly and with as little effort as possible.
Consider the size of the hole you are drilling. Drill bits come in a huge variety of sizes and it is vital that you select the right size for the job you are doing. If you are drilling a hole, the chances are you’ll be inserting a raw plug and screw, or other type of fixing. When you buy fixings the packaging normally provides information as to the size of drill bit that is required. If not and you are not sure, then take for example, the raw plug or anchor screws and visually compare its size against a few drill bits until they match in width.
Drill bits are made from a number of materials such as steel, tungsten, carbide and others. Each has a specific purpose regarding the type of materials it is designed to drill through. When you buy a drill bit take a look at the packaging and see what types of materials that particular drill bit is made to drill through. If you have any doubts then ask the staff in the store. They should be able to advise you on all of drill bits available.
You should never simply use any drill bit for any type of job you are doing. For example using a drill bit that is designed for drilling through timber will not be suitable for drilling through concrete – if you do try it you’ll find that you won’t be able to drill very well into the concrete and you will end up damaging the drill bit beyond repair.
The simple rules, when choosing a drill bit are: Use a drill bit that is specifically designed for the material you want to drill. Use the right size drill bit for the size of the hole you intend. You can easily buy drill bit box sets and within the sets you will find drill bits that are laid out by size and type. These box sets are designed to allow you easy access to the right size and type. It is certainly worth considering buying a box set.
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