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What drill do you use to drill metal?

If you want to drill metal, you need the right tools. Naturally, you want to drill effectively and without damaging anything. Use the wrong machine or the wrong setting on the right machine, and a scratch can happen in the blink of an eye. If you use the wrong drill, you won't make it past a millimeter. What are the right tools for this job? Read it here.

Metal

Drill in metal

Not all metals are alike. Copper is different from aluminum and gold is different from iron. In addition to 'pure' metals, there are also dozens of blends or alloys such as copper, bronze, and stainless steel. The hardness and malleability determine the way to drill metal. We can say that for metals in and around your home and garden (aluminum, steel, stainless steel/inox) the method is practically the same. As is the case with drilling wood, stone, and concrete it's just a matter of choosing the right machine. Put the right drill bit on it and the job will be easy as pie.

Drill in metal

God news! Practically all drills are suitable for drilling metal. The RPM for drilling metal doesn't have to be very high either. In fact; the harder the material, the lower the RPM you use drilling. If you have a more versatile drill like an impact drill or a hammer drill, check that you've selected the drill function and not the hammer function. Using the hammer function on metal is a sure way to damage it. If you can clamp the material you want to drill, use a pillar drill for optimal control.

The right drill bit

The right metal drill bit

Almost all drills are suitable, but that's certainly not the case for all drill bits. Wood, stone, and concrete drill bits have a different composition and specifically a different point. In the case of a metal drill bit, the point is sharp so that it penetrates the material effectively after just a few rotations. If it wasn't sharp, the drill bit would slip and damage the material. In addition, metal drill bits have cylindrical shafts that guide away shavings (the drilled out bits of metal). Because of that, you don't have to pull out the drill like you do when drilling wood or stone.

Conclusion

Drilling metal is a precise job that requires some expertise. Still, it's also a job that everyone can learn.


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