If you have read my article on how to drill into concrete, then you will know that you need a good quality masonry bit to do the job. The size of the bit that you need, will of course depend on the size of the hole that you need to make.
One thing is sure, trying to drill through any type of brick, mortar or concrete without using a masonry bit will be close to impossible.
You will probably also notice that throughout my website, I advise strongly against using cheap drill bits for any job. My reasons for this is that they just will not do the job properly, and even if you somehow manage to drill one hole, then the cheap drill bit will be blunt and pretty useless after that.
It is honestly so much better to buy a decent quality drill bit, or a set of bits, and have them for a long time.
When I was starting out I used to buy the cheapest because that was all that I could afford. The net result was that I ended up spending more as I constantly had to replace them.
Below I have included a useful video, on the importance of using a masonry bit for drilling through concrete, and masonry of all kinds.
Our Preferred Masonry Drill Bit Set
If you are in a hurry, and simply want to know what the best masonry drill bit set is, then this is my clear preference.
We have shown here the set of masonry drill bits that we use for drilling through concrete. It is a simple 7-piece set and they work fast.
They have a strong carbide tip, and are designed for drilling into concrete, block, brick and other types of masonry.
These are the DEWALT brand and for me they are flat out the best bits that we have used.
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Masonry Drill Bit Set Buying Guide
I have included below a buying guide, so as you can be certain which is the best type of concrete or masonry drill bit to purchase.
Should You Buy A Single Masonry Drill Bit or A Set of Bits?
This completely depends on how much drilling you will be doing into concrete. If it is just for a couple of straightforward jobs, then you can get away with just buying maybe a couple of single sizes.
You do of course always make the hole size smaller than the concrete screw that you are using. For example a 3/16" screw would need a 5/32" hole drilled, and a 1/4" screw would need a 3/16" hole drilled.
With wedge or sleeve anchors, you would drill the same size of hole as the size of the anchor.
Drill Bit Sets
If you are going to be doing a lot of work around the home, then I would recommend buying a set of masonry drill bits, which gives you more flexibility in hole size, and what attachments you can use.
You can pick up a really good set of masonry drill bits for less than $20, and believe me, that is a really good investment.
Below we have included a table with the top 5 masonry drill bit sets. We have included the name, our rating scored out of 100, and the average RRP you will find in tool stores, and online. Please note the actual price you pay can vary, as prices fluctuate a lot.
If you click on the product name, you will be taken to Amazon.
Drill Bit Set Name
Other Masonry Drill Bit Options
There are two other considerations, which are the depth of the hole, and also the size of the hole. Depending on what you are doing, you may need a longer masonry drill bit.
You may also need a larger width drill bit, if you need to drill a wider and bigger hole. If this is the case, then we would recommend buying a single bit of the right size. These can be a lot more expensive, so you should only buy, exactly what you need for the specific job, that you are doing.
The main use for longer masonry drill bits, especially with concrete, is drilling through holes to push a cable through, or things like, drainage pipes for washing machines.
The normal standard size will not be long enough to do that. I have heard people say you can drill one side and then the other and match them up. Yes you can if you are feeling lucky, and I have never seen this accomplished in my many years of working in the trade. If you have the proper length drill bit, then it is a breeze.
Extra Long Masonry Drill Bits
When it comes to buying an extra long masonry drill bit, then my advice is to just buy these as either a single bit, or a small set of bits. There are some good choices available.
Typically this type of bit is around 12" long. You then need to decide what size of bit you need. Usually something like 1/2" is a good choice, for drilling out most holes for cables etc.
There are many choices, so it is a matter of working out the length that you have to drill through. You also need to know the size of the hole. Most manufacturers have a range of different sizes. As these are usually for one off jobs, it is better to buy just the single bit.
Longer drill bits can cost around $15-20 per bit, so always make sure that you buy the size you need.
Masonry Bits for Drilling Wider Holes
Certain jobs around the home and garden may require a larger hole to be drilled through masonry. The type of task is usually something like a waste pipe for a washing machine, or an outlet pipe for a dryer.
To do this you will need something like a hole cutter. This type of drill bit can also be used to drill through marble and granite, ideal for using on countertops.
These are expensive though, and although they make the job easy, it is a high price to pay.
Normally tradesmen will do this type of work, and these drills form part of their business expenses. They will use them for wet drilling. To use these you also normally have to drill a pilot hole first with a different masonry bit. That helps centre align the hole.
A Hammer Drill Is Required
You do of course need a drill that has a hammer function to be able to drill through masonry. The hammer function not only allows the drill to spin, but it also allows the drill to bump quickly backward and forwards. That helps break down the concrete, block or brick.
This hammer action is normally measures in bumps per second. We have done a list of the top 10 hammer drills, which you can read by clicking here.
That concludes this article on the types of masonry drill bits available on the market, and their various uses.