A guide to drill bit types

15 January 2018

If you need to hire construction equipment, then you will likely be using drill bits as part of your project. There are different drill bit types that you should use depending on whether you are drilling into wood, masonry or cement. Here’s a brief overview of what you need to know about drill bits:

Brad Point drill bits

Also known as dowel drill bits, these are one of the most common types of drill bits used for wood drilling. Brad point bits have a small point and spurs on both side of the point that ensure clean drilled holes. They are available in a variety of sizes and lengths and can be used on most types of wood.

High speed steel drill bits

Also known as “HSS” bits or twist drill bits, these bits can be used when drilling through metal, plastics and wood. They generally have a cylindrical shank or a hex shank.

Augur drill bits

These drill bits have a spiralling shaft and are used when deep, large and accurate holes need to be drilled. If you want to be able to resharpen the drill bit after it has been used, then it is best to invest in a carbon-steel augur drill bit.

Masonry drill bits

Masonry drill bits are used for drilling into materials such as stone, block or concrete. Some work with a standard power drill but those designed for use with a hammer drill can drill into masonry more effectively.

Paddle bits

Also known as wood spade bits, these drill bits are used if you need to drill wide holes. They come in various sizes and the size of the paddle bit is indicated on top of the drill bit.

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