How to Choose the Right Drill Bit

Choosing the right drill bit is essential, whatever type of project you are planning. If you’re still relatively new to drilling, you may be wondering which bit is best. Although some multi-purpose bits can be used on a variety of materials, most have specific sizes, shapes and purposes. Bits can also differ in the metal they are made of, which means that you’ll need to keep that in mind as well when choosing your drill bit.

Choosing the Right Drill Bit

To ensure that you find the right drill bit for your project, there are a few things to consider. 

The bit itself

You will want to look for HSS (High-Speed Steel) bits. These are made to last and will not wear down the way that cheaper carbon bits do. Cobalt steel alloy bits are also a good quality, durable choice. Bits that have tungsten carbide tips are usually for drilling into masonry. 

The size

The size of the bit will ultimately depend on your specific project. The best way to determine the best size is to use a  sizing guide as recommended for the fastener you will be using.

The shape

There are many different shapes, each suited to its own specific purpose. The most common bit is the universal twist drill. These general-purpose bits drill holes through many different materials, from wood to metal. Step bits are conical and can be used to drill various sized holes in metal. They can also be used to enlarge holes. Other metal bits include core bits. Wood bits include brad point bits or more focused drilling, auger bits for clean holes and spade bits for larger holes. Masonry bits are designed specifically for brick and concrete. They have hardened tungsten carbide tips and can be used with hammer or impact drills. 

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