Drill

Drills to make your hole project easier

A drill is a motorized device fitted with a rotating tool called a drill bit, which is used for fastening together different pieces of a structure. For instance, a user may use the drill to drive a screw into a piece that joins a desk cabinet to the desk's main body. This holds the structure and its parts together, and depending on the quality of the material used, can allow it to maintain a long life and bear considerable weight.

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The drill itself has actually existed since the Egyptian era, and prior to the arrival of the electric motor in the 19th century, humans used water wheels, windmills and belts to power their tools. The trigger-style device we now associate with the drill was patented in 1917 by Black & Decker, and in recent years has seen the implementation of batteries and the widespread use of the cordless drill. When doing your own drilling, it's important the operator know which drill bits are best for the job.

Diamond Drill Bits

Diamond-tipped drill bits are very durable. They're meant to help an operator drill into high-density materials like rock, glass or hard tile. Pay attention to how the bit itself is labeled and make sure the package clearly states that the bit is appropriate for your type of drill and the material you intend to drill through. It's important that users of diamond drill bits keep their bit wet while drilling, to prevent it from wearing out too quickly.

Carbide Drill Bits

The average drill bit is made of high speed steel, or HSS. It's cheap, but not durable. For something more resilient (but not quite as tough or expensive as a diamond drill bit), drill operators should look into the carbide drill bit, which is covered in a titanium nitride coating. When drilling through hardwood, this coating can increase the lifespan of a drill bit by two or three times, and the reduced stress on the drill's motor and parts can prolong its life, too.

Hammer Drill and Drill Press

If you're looking to save time and effort, a hammer drill, sometimes referred to as a rotary hammer, provides a short, powerful thrust that quickly pulverizes a screw into place. They are best suited for driving through stone or tile. If maintaining stability and accuracy is extremely important in your drilling project, then the stationary drill press may be the best option.