How to buy the drill bits you need to get the job done

December 23, 2014

Learn about different types of drill bits and what they do so you can build a collection that suits your home repair needs.

How to buy the drill bits you need to get the job done

Let’s face it, with enough persistence, nearly any drill bit can go through the most common materials you’ll face in your home repairs. However, getting the right drill bit for the job will make your life easier and will help you avoid unnecessary strain on your power drill. Here’s a guide on how to buy the drill bits you need for most household repair and renovation tasks.

Bit fit

Before starting to assemble your drill bit collection, double-check what size of bits your drill will accept. Making sure you stay within your drill manufacturer’s range ensures your safety and optimum results.

Get what you pay for

If your budget can support it, you should try to get bits with the hardest and most durable finishes you can. High-speed steel bits will suffice, but if you can afford cobalt or titanium bits, then the price difference the bits that bore well and stay sharp longer. Of course, if you can go as far as carbide-tipped bits, then go for it, but for most home repairs, bits of this quality are not necessary.

Bit basics

As with most tools, your personal needs will determine which drill bits you should get. However, here are some suggestions of basic drill bit types to consider buying when you’re building a well-rounded drill bit selection. Bear in mind that there are some pre-made collections of drill bits that will include some of the basics you’ll need, in the most common sizes.

  • Twist bit: Very basic drill bit for plastic, light metal and wood. A good, general purpose drill bit.
  • Glass or tile bit: Excellent for boring into tile work or glass.
  • Spade bit: Good for boring large holes in wood, with a point to keep it accurately centred.
  • Forstner bit: Also used for boring large wooden holes, but creates a flat bottom in the hole.
  • Brad point bit: Another good bit for boring in wood, with a point that helps accuracy.
  • Installer bit: Good for installing security systems or phones, due to a hole in the bit for pulling wire through.

Drilling it home

There are any number of specialty drill bits to explore for specific needs, such as boring into pipe or masonry. Unless these suit your immediate needs, you can hold off on these as you assemble your drill bit collection. By exploring your immediate renovation needs, you’ll see how to buy the drill bits you need to amass a small collection of high-quality, well-appointed bits that'll serve your construction projects well.

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