It’s astounding at what sorts of drill bits we can buy. In an attempt to try and make sense of all the choices, I’ve assembled the following chart of the top must-have bits that carpenters and DIY use in their shops.
Standard Twist Bits – Tacky & Easy
By a long shot, the well known and familiar bit around is the standard twist bit. You can even discover these in your nearby market. Normally they are the least expensive kind. This style just happens to be the most effortless to produce, thus we see a lot of these in discount stores.
The best part about a standard twist drill bit is that they can be sharpened, even with a small hand file from your shop. And still, after all that, I think a great many people who purchase these normally toss them after a few tasks, that is, if they haven’t lost them yet. Otherwise, with a little sharpening, you can create a standard twist drill bit that lasts for quite a long time. The negative thing is that the blunt end tends to roam around the target location, and it tends to be annoying to get the hole started where you actually want it to. Spare yourself some difficulty starting the pick by using a center punch.
Pilot Point Drill Bits – Quality must be there
As the name kind of infers, a pilot-point bit has a little, pointed tip that keeps the drill on target when you begin drilling. The main disadvantage is that the additional complexity of the design means you probably can’t sharpen these bits at home like you can with standard twist bits. Even then, woodworkers are still willing to pay a little extra for these bits to make things easier in their shops. You’ll save cash purchasing a set instead of individual bits
,.and remember that in the event that you have to drill a hole Although pilot point (brad-point) drill bits come in sizes bigger than 1/2 inch which are quite expensive, might consider purchasing an alternate sort of drill bit altogether, more likely a wood boring drill bit.
Wood Boring Drill Bits – Quantity Still Matters
When we begin looking at drilling holes in wood bigger than 1/2″ we have to discuss changing to another sort of bit: wood boring drill bits. Spade bits, wood augers, and hole saws are a greatly improved counterpart for cutting holes bigger than 1/2” and are considerably less costly than large brad-point or other twist bits.
Specialty Drill Bits – Above Drilling Plain Holes
There’s not much you can’t do with a drill and a fancy bit nowadays, but some of the more non-typical jobs for a drill bit fall in the class of penetrating various types of material (like cement and tile) For these types of jobs, you might need a cobalt, carbide-tipped or other hardened steel type of drill bit.
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