Open as PDF
You will extend the life of your bits and do
neater work if you always put the bit in
contact with the work before pulling the
trigger. During the oper a tion, hold the tool
firmly and exert light, steady pressure. Too
much pressure at low speed will stall the tool.
Too little pressure will keep the bit from
cutting and cause excess friction by sliding
over the surface. This can be damaging to
both tool and bit.
Always inspect drill bits for excessive wear.
Use only bits that are sharp and in good
TWIST BITS: Available with straight and
reduced shanks for wood and light duty metal
drilling. High speed bits cut faster and last
longer on hard ma terials.
CARBIDE TIPPED BITS: Used for drilling
stone, con crete, plaster, cement and other
unusually hard nonmetals. Use continuous
heavy feed pres sure when employing carbide
Be certain workpiece is clamped or anchored
firm ly. Always apply pressure in a straight line
with the drill bit. Maintain enough pressure to
keep the drill “biting”.
When drilling holes in wood, twist bits can be
used. Twist bits may overheat unless pulled out
frequently to clear chips from flutes.
Use a “back-up” block of wood for work that is
likely to splinter, such as thin materials.
You will drill a cleaner hole if you ease up on
the pressure just before the bit breaks through
the wood. Then complete the hole from the
There are two rules for drilling hard materials.
First, the harder the material, the greater the
pres sure you need to apply to the tool. Second,
the harder the material, the slower the speed.
Here are a couple of tips for drilling in metal.
Lubri cate the tip of the bit occasionally with
cutting oil except when drilling soft metals such
as alu minum, cop per or cast iron. If the hole to
be drilled is fairly large, drill a smaller hole first,
then enlarge to the required size, it’s often
faster in the long run. Main tain enough
pressure to assure that the bit does not just
spin in the hole. This will dull the bit and greatly
shorten its life.
Soft materials such as brick are relatively easy
to drill. Concrete however, will require much
more pressure to keep the bit from spinning. Be
sure to use carbide tip bits for all masonry work.
Before using an accessory,
be certain that its maximum
safe operating speed is not exceeded by the
nameplate speed of the tool. Do not exceed
the recommended wheel diameter.
Work with brushes requires high speeds.
1. Remember, the tips of a wire brush do the
work. Operate the brush with the lightest
pressure so only the tips of the wire come in
contact with the work.
2. If heavier pressures are used, the wires
will be overstressed, resulting in a wiping
action; and if this is continued, the life of the
brush will be shortened due to wire fatigue.
3. Apply the brush to the work in such a way
that as much of the brush face as possible is
in full contact with the work. Applying the
side or edge of the brush to the work will
result in wire breakage and shortened brush
CORRECT: Wire tips doing the work.
INCORRECT: Excessive pressure can cause wire breakage.
SM 2610032789 08-13_SM 2610032789 08-13.qxp 8/26/13 8:10 AM Page 9