Drill bits for concrete have been specially designed to drill into extremely hard masonry. It is essential to use the correct bits for projects involving concrete. Using general-purpose bits or other types of bits made for softer masonry can damage your bits. You also run the risk of damaging your power tools or even causing injury, as it is very difficult to control the drill when the wrong bits are used to try and drill into hardened materials.
Whether you're starting a home renovation project or an industrial build, there are a few different types of drill bits for concrete. In this guide, we share some of the best bits you will need for drilling into concrete. Keep reading to find out more.
Choosing Drill Bits for Concrete
There are a few things that you will need to consider when choosing drill bits for concrete. Here are the most important factors to keep in mind.
If you’re looking for extremely powerful bits that are ideal for concrete and other hardened materials, SDS bits are an excellent choice. These bits are tough enough to break through reinforced concrete. Our selection includes SDS-Max and SDS-Plus bits. SDS-Max bits are larger and thicker, while SDS-Plus bits have a slimmer width. These bits can only be used in SDS drills unless you use an SDS chuck made for hammer drills.
Tungsten Carbide Tips
Drilling into concrete is challenging and tools often overheat. Concrete drill bits have carbide tips that allow them to drill into concrete and stone. This material is made by combining carbon and tungsten, resulting in a dense, hard metal. It has a high melting point, which means that bits featuring carbide tips can withstand a very high level of heat. This, in turn, helps to prevent over-heating and the damage it can causing during drilling. Always choose bits with carbide tips so that you are able to get the best results without wear and tear damaging your bits.
The tips of masonry bits are very similar to twist bits. They have a similar type of shaft and shank. They have a profiled tip with flutes that help to remove dust as the drill hammers into the concrete. The unique shape of this tip helps the drilling process. It makes it easier for the bit to break into hardened masonry such as concrete using a hammer drill. Turbo concrete bits have rotary hammer grade centring tips that make them ideal for fast drilling. Industrial concrete bits have profiled tips that allow for heavy drilling.
Choosing the right size bit is always important, whatever material you are drilling. The size will determine the depth you can drill. Ruwag offers turbo and industrial concrete bits in a selection of sizes. Turbo concrete bits range in size from 5x85mm to 14x150mm. Industrial concrete bits range from 3x60mm to 16x150mm. We offer sets for both types of bits, with a selection of sizes. This is the best way to get the right size for the job at hand.
With a long-standing reputation for quality and durability, Ruwag UK offers the best quality products for every type of project. We have all the bits you need under one roof. Contact us today for more information on our world-class drill bits for concrete.