Which Drill Bits Should You Use
There are a large range and diversity of drill bits available when it comes to drilling holes. To make sure that you have the right one for the job we have put together a drill bit guide that will hopefully leave you better informed about your choices. One thing we would advise right up front is never do buy very cheap ones as quite frankly they will burn out fast, leave you very frustrated, and just cost you more money in the long run.
Good quality drill bits are not crazy expensive and with a little maintenance can last you for a very long time. It is worth paying a little extra to have something decent in your tool box.
Shortly we will have a detailed look at the various types available but if you just need some quick information we have completed some articles on the best bits for wood, for metal, for masonry and for getting through tiles. Simply click on the appropriate link and you will be taken to the correct page where you can find out what the best ones are for a specific purpose.
How Many Drill Bit Types Are There?
There are a lot of them available and they do come in all shapes and sizes. We have listed them below the basic and most used so as you have a general idea of what is available in the market place.
- Spade (known as paddle)
- Extra Long
- Tile and Glass
- Metal Bits
Now along with these there are a whole range of what would be termed specialist drill bits and these are used by woodworkers, jewellers and glass makers. We will not get into those in this particular article and will concentrate on the main drill types available today. So now we know that there are different types, so what exactly are they all used for and why.
We thought it might be easier to show that information in a table so we put one together for you to have a look at. We hope that it makes things simpler to understand.
Main Drill Bit TypesIn the table below we show you the main types of drill bit available in the market. We have also included an image and most importantly we have added a description that shows what each can used for.
So as you can see from the table above there are plenty to choose from. For most home type of projects most people will only ever really need some twist drills or jobbers, a few masonry drills and perhaps a spade drill selection for the larger holes. If you have that type of selection then you will be able to get most jobs done as and when they come along. Almost all the manufacturers pit together drill bit sets which will give you a nice selection of bits that should cover off the majority of jobs.
For one-off type jobs you are better off just buying the drill bit as and when you need it.
I found this video where a guy has gone through the many types of bits that are available.
Hopefully you now have a much better understanding of what is out there in the market place. Most people will start out with a simple drill bit set and then add to their collection over the years. That is certainly what I did and I am sure that I have well over 300 different bits in my garage.
Drill Bit Maintenance
If you buy good quality ones and look after them, they do last a long time. You can also buy a drill sharpener that makes it easy to keep them working to their full capacity. Avoid storing them in places that are damp as they will eventually start to rust. I know many guys who will wrap them up in a lightly oiled rag and that does work really well.
Personally I bought a couple of drill bit holders and I keep them inside those. It just makes it easier to find the right one as and when you need it.