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Cobalt drill bits are a unique type of drill bit, specifically designed to withstand high temperatures.
For the best performance and durability, make sure that you purchase solid cobalt drill bits, and not cobalt coated drill bits.
Split points reduce walking (skidding across the drilling surface), by being able to breach the surface much more quickly, requiring little initial force from the user, therefore also helping to reduce tensile stress.
Cobalt Drill Bits (HSS-Co), View cobalt drill bits, Esco Product Details from TOFEE TRADING CO. Obviously, you meant that impact drivers have an inherent ability to virtually eliminate the torque transfer back to the operator’s hand. But yes, you’re right, it essentially just means that there is no developed counter-torque. For people who use step drills often, it seems like they would wear down quicker than the two bits needed for your pilot & final hole. By the way, I suggest staying away from the double-flute tree-bits like these, as sold by Sears. Though almost each kind of our products has different quality grades, they are all of reliable quality. As products in different quality grades have different prices and the prices are not constant, it is very difficult for us to list all the prices on our website, but we can say our products' prices are very low.
There are a large range and diversity of drill bits available when it comes to drilling holes.
Good quality drill bits are not crazy expensive and with a little maintenance can last you for a very long time. 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.
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 thought it might be easier to show that information in a table so we put one together for you to have a look at. TwistThis is the most common drill bit and can be used for wood, metal, plastic, and most other materials. JobberIn simple terms jobber bits are the most common type of drill size available in the market today.
BoringAs the name would suggest these are bits that have an unusual shaped tip that is used to bore out holes in different materials. They can also be referred to as Forstner bits and are used to drill out things like certain types of Blum hinges, for doors. CountersinkThese bits are used to make a conical recess for the heads of countersunk screws. Hex-shankThis is the type of drill bit that you can use with a drill and also in a drill press.
MetalThese are bits that are used to drill through different types of metal such as aluminium, iron and steel. For one-off type jobs you are better off just buying the drill bit as and when you need it.
Hopefully you now have a much better understanding of what is out there in the market place.
If you need to start from scratch, a good starting place is a set of universal twist drills (or titanium twist drills) for wood, metal and plastic, and a set of TCT masonry drills for brick, block, concrete and mortar. If you want another set for better drilling performance in wood you could add a set of lip & spur bits. Using more specialised bits with cordless tools considerably increases the number of holes that can be drilled per charge, as universal twist drills are not well matched to most materials and thus have low energy efficiency. When drilling larger holes, it is usually recommended to drill a small hole first, then enlarge it with a bigger bit. They are almost entirely ineffective in wood or metal (due to the lack of a sharp cutting edge), which can be a problem when trying to drill through masonry abutting timber, such as joists or wall-plates. Hard masonry (such as some concrete & engineering bricks) require SDS machines and bits.
The performance of SDS machines and bits is far beyond conventional hammer drills, particularly in harder materials, and newcomers to SDS often regret not getting one earlier!
SDS bits are available in quite long lengths, typically up to a metre, and diameters up to 3cm. SDS drills are only effective on concrete & masonry, with no sharp edge they don't drill wood or steel. These have a TC tip, but unlike masonry bits the tip is sharpened so that they can readily cut timber and even mild steel. These bits have a central point plus cutting edges angled in the opposite direction to universal twist drills.
A large twist drill can be used as a countersink if necessary, although the profile of the recess will not be an accurate match for screw heads.
A thin superhard Titanium Nitride coating is applied to twist drills to make them stay sharp longer. These use less energy than plain HSS bits, so are an advantage compared to HSS bits with cordless drills. Flat bits can be made by cutting bar to size, heating, hammering, hardening, tempering and sharpening.
Flat bits tend to produce entry surface splintering, make a hole with rough sides, and make a mess of the exit side. Useful where neatness of hole is unimportant, and better quality bits are an unnecessary cost.
Drilling progress is slower than with other types, so flat bits are not best suited to drilling large numbers of holes, nor to cordless use. Its not possible to use a flat bit to enlarge an already existing hole unless the hole is first plugged. Flat bits need a certain amount of pressure to begin drilling, but too much pressure can cause them to jam or throw. Augers are an energy efficient option for large holes, making them good with the cordless tools that can produce enough torque to power them. Augers for drilling soil are also available, and maybe be powered by hand or low speed machine. Hexagonal shanked drill bits can be changed by nothing more than pulling one out and slotting another in.
When used in push-in hex holders the bits are generally not held firm, and can waggle a bit.
Hexagonal chucks that don't hold the bit firm soon result in the bit being left in the work when the drill's removed - a pain.
At low speed these drill through plaster quickly enough, but have little drilling performance on buried water pipes. These bits are typically crude imitations of twist drills, and consist of a metal rod with a small piece of steel attached across the top. These junk grade bits sometimes tempt diyers that only need to drill one hole, and assume the bits will do the task.
They might work better at very low speeds, but in power tools performance is still poor, and the screw thread is prone to grabbing the wood and feeding much too fast.
These drill wide and mostly flat bottomed holes, with the exception of the small central point. Twist drill bits can be reground with steep cutting angles to make a bit that will drill wood very much faster than standard twist drills, and with much less force and much lower energy use.
These bits give much better performance in wood than universal twist drills, lip & spur bits, or any other of the commonly found wood bits. These bits cost nothing, because they can be made just as well from worn, blunt, broken or badly ground twist drills as new bits. Concerns have been expressed by some that the bits might be liable to jam or make oversize holes, but having used them for a few years I've never had any such problem. There are many large selection packs of drill bits available, typically bundled with power tools, and often sporting well known brandnames. A single bit can drill pilot and clearance hole in one go, if it has different widths at different points in its length.
These are available ready made (first picture), but there are several dimensions that matter, and such bits often don't have the dimensions required.


One can produce these bits by taking a long bit and grinding part of it down to the smaller size, as shown in the 2nd picture. In use it should be borne in mind that the drill is long and relatively thin, and that the flutes of the thinner section are shallower than normal. It is posible to bolt a hollowed slotted piece of metal onto the drill bit to act as a countersink and depth stop.
In principle the same 2 sizes in 1 trick can be done with flat bits so they drill a clearance hole and a head recess hole in one go. Applying the bit to both sides of the hole halves the inevitable variation of the hole width that the cone shape produces. Stepped conical bits give straight sides to the holes they drill, but are restricted to the preset step sizes. Stepped cones are also used to clean up the edges of holes made by other means in sheet materials. The gimlet drill bit has a full width tapered screw thread at the tip, followed by a fluted section somewhat like a twist drill. These remove heavy limescale encrustation without having too much effect on underlying metalwork.
To put a 1mm bit in a chuck that doesn't tighten down that small, wrap some thin wire round the drill bit shank to increase its width. PCB drills are intended for use at high rotational speeds, and may in principle be used in a die grinder. Long bits with spring steel shanks, these are used to drill holes at an angle to the drill, and may be used to drill studwall timber from a plasterboard hole. Larger hex shanks such as half inch are used to help avoid slippage in conventional non-SDS chucks.
Obsolete shank types are normally either usable as is, or the profiled end can be cut off to leave a round shank. Blunt or malfunctioning twist drills can be reground with a bench grinder, or with suitable care with an angle grinder.
The tiniest bits, eg 2.5mm and below, can if necessary work on wood with much more primitive regrinding than the proper twist drill shape.
With 2 cutting edges, old augers require more torque than modern augers designed for electric drills, but are quite workable nonetheless.
Flat bits can be made to drill a slightly larger hole by grinding one side of the centre point to make it off centre. 90° twist drills are available from engineering suppliers (as opposed to the usual 118° bits), but the bits described here use more aggressive cutting angles and are much quicker cutting. Picture 4 shows the smaller central blunter tip width, the central blunt area has been reduced in width by a factor of about 3, and thus is just a ninth the area.
To make them an angle grinder is required, as a bench grinder wheel can't reach the necessary parts of the bit. Its fair to say not everyone manages to get these bits right, but with a damaged bit you've got little to lose.
Always use indirect vent goggles and ear defenders with angle grinders, and keep your face out of the plane of the wheel, which is where the bits go at high speed if the disc breaks. Using a grinding disc or bench grinder, create the outline shape of the cutting end, ensuring the point is central and the 2 shoulders are symmetrical. Using a metal grit cutting disc, put the disc into the flutes at the tip to remove the majority of the width of the centre metal at the tip only.
Remove much of the metal behind the cutting edges so all the applied pressure will be on the cutting edge.
These bits are very fast cutting, but require more care than traditional 118 degree twist drills. Sometimes people object to these bits on the basis that they'll screw themselves into the wood or produce grossly over-size or misshapen holes.
For this reason, cobalt drill bits are preferred when drilling through extremely hard materials, namely metals such as iron, nickel, stainless steel, and titanium. One large advantage of solid cobalt drill bits is their ability to be resharpened several times before having to be discarded. That is, to drill through very abrasive materials, during which high temperatures are produced, and a standard drill bit will otherwise fail. You can buy cobalt drill bits individually, which may be a better option if you only do a few specific jobs for the most part, as you would with small handyman applications or with an arts and crafts hobby for example.
The primary reason for this being they hold there rigidity and hardness at a higher temperature than HSS drill bits.
If you require further details regarding the transaction data, please contact the supplier directly. The beauty of step drill bits is that they can go from no-hole to large-hole very quickly as there’s no need to swap between 2, 3, or even more intermediate drill bit sizes. If a drill or non-impact screwdriver jams up, the tool will rotate in the opposite direction. With a quick connector, the amount of time saved (or not as some step drills seem to take a while) seems negligible. You are welcome to ask for samples (not for free) to test if they can actually satisfy your requirements. 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.
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. 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. We will not get into those in this particular article and will concentrate on the main drill types available today. We have also included an image and most importantly we have added a description that shows what each can used for.
This bit is for very precise work and is most commonly used by furniture makers, cabinet makers, and is designed to make a very smooth and highly accurate hole in wood. A good calculation to remember is that these type refer to bits that are between 9 to 14 times the diameter in length. They have a special coating and make up that allows you to be able to drill through various types of tiles and also through glass and mirrors. 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. Most people will start out with a simple drill bit set and then add to their collection over the years. You can also buy a drill sharpener that makes it easy to keep them working to their full capacity.
Twist drills have angles suited to drilling steel, but the cutting angles and geometry are not ideal for most other materials.
This is because twist drills have an area at the centre of the bit with no cutting edge, and the bigger the bit the bigger is this low performance zone. Its possible to buy 90° tipped bits from engineering suppliers, and these can drill softer materials faster, and thus make more holes per charge with cordless tools. These have been known to perform surprising feats of transformation during use, such as changing from a right handed twist drill into a left handed one!
These "TCT" (Tungsten Carbide Tipped) masonry bits are easily recognised as the tip is wider than the shank.
Due to the crushing rather than cutting action, masonry bits can be entirely blunt but still function satisfactorily. These are similar in principle to hammer drills, but the machines deliver vastly more hammer energy to the bit, and the bits have a special shank which fits into the SDS chuck of the drilling machine with a quick-change locking mechanism, rather than the twist-grip (Jacobs chuck) of conventional drills.
Products marked SDS are in practice SDS+ size, so SDS and SDS+ can be treated as the same thing for practical purposes. These have a modified SDS shank to stop the bit sliding back far enough to touch the hammer mechanism. They can cut masonry without hammer action and may cut cleaner holes in soft or crumbling materials due to the absence of lateral impact and vibration. They stay centred in wood, don't wander, and drill wood faster and with less energy than universal twist drills. Their low cost makes them most useful for large holes, where other bit types become expensive.
If the leading point is allowed to break through they are prone to becoming offcentre during drilling, causing severe vibration and sometimes damage to the sides of the hole.
These can be used to thread wires and cables: a wire is threaded through the hole before the bit is withdrawn.
Well suited to hand drilling with a brace, but can be handled by most electric drills, though not all. They also have peripheral leading cutting edges in an attempt to improve cutting performance.


Grabbing can be reduced by predrilling a small pilot hole, blunting the screw tip, or by simply not choosing these bits. However I've yet to see anywhere selling them ready made, so unless anyone spots them for sale, these bits are diy only.
This isn't a problem as they drill quickly and easily with no pushing, even where standard twist drills give up. Where the fixing grubscrew meets the drillbit, a small notch is ground onto the bit to avoid the countersink sliding in use. These are used for removing screws, they either grab the head and undo the screw, or else drill the head away.
The design of flat bits places limitations on this though, the holes need to be wide and shallow. They enable drilling of a wide range of hole sizes with one bit in soft sheet materials such as plastic and aluminium.
Usually used as mortar rakes, they can also drill holes in hard substances such as cast iron.
The screw thread screws into the workpiece forcing the wood apart, and the fluted section then cuts out the wood. Same shank size across the range enables quicker bit changes, and the smaller shank enables use of large diameter bits in standard drills. These don't tolerate the sideways forces that occur in hand held drilling, aren't safely usable in any DIY type drills other than a drill press with a clamped workpiece.
However most die grinders use collets rather than a chuck, which severely limits the bit sizes they take. These enable instant drill bit change, but the bond from drill bit to base is often too weak, making them only good for light drilling. Augers with a square tapered shank (intended for use in a brace) can be used in DIY electric drills if the tapered section is cut off. Angle grinders produce far too much heat in the workpiece if used continuously, so must be used gently for 10 or 20 seconds, then the bit cooled. Also be aware of the direction of rotation of the disc; forget the direction and you'll have a fast flying drill bit. Don't forget to very gently clean the flute side of the cutting edge to remove burr before the last grind. These ratings refer to the quality, or the percentage of cobalt in which the drill bits are made. This is due to cobalt being a brittle metal and applying excess tensile stress to it will cause it to snap.
All our cobalt drills are under the Esco brand and as such have split points (self centering points). And the beauty of impact drivers are their small size and inherent ability to deliver high reactionless torque.
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.
So now we know that there are different types, so what exactly are they all used for and why. The tip of the drill has a sharp point that pushes down into the wood so as you can get a very precise center. If you have that type of selection then you will be able to get most jobs done as and when they come along. That is certainly what I did and I am sure that I have well over 300 different bits in my garage.
Its also possible to make twist drills with more aggressive cutting angles than this, and thus fast performance in softer materials like wood. The tip is fairly blunt and cuts by crushing a small area of the workpiece under the hammer action of the drilling machine. The reason for this is not just convenience in changing bits: an SDS bit is free to move back and forward a few millimetres in its chuck and the drilling machine delivers its hammering energy direct to the back of the drill bit.
They are particularly useful for fixing through wood or metal into masonry as they avoid the need to change between wood or metal and masonry bits, as well as eliminating the risk of damaging a wood or metal-cutting bit by bringing it into contact with masonry.
Screwfix's current offerings include a Bosch set (as well as individual bits) which are probably a good choice.
Performance when new is as twist drills, but performance does not fall off as much over time, due to the hard coating.
These don't cut as well as twist drills, but if your bit breaks during a job, these are much quicker than going to the shop for another bit. Method of working is like a blunt flat bit, except that the flat tip wears away very quickly in use. They require considerable pressure to engage in the wood, so are mostly used with a drill press. I've seen a frustrated twist drill user try one of these and cut through the once difficult workpiece like butter. With grit on the sides of the bit as well as tip, hole size and shape is anything from poor to a total mess if not carefully controlled, so they're not usually used to drill holes. Significant care is needed, as the weight of almost any drill is more than enough to snap the bits, and similarly normal sideways movement is enough to snap them. It might perhaps be possible to use various bit sizes by wrapping them with the right wire sizes, and keeping the turns well compacted, but no promises.
When the bit doesn't just pull out, a drift is knocked through a cross-hole in the chuck to remove the bit. These are handy where access is tight, and even with the smallest amount of flute a bit can be good for some uses. Use very gentle pressure only, more will simply overheat and soften the metal, and ruin the bit. Operations where a thin cutting disc is not needed should be done with a (thicker) grinding disc, as cutting discs are not designed to safely handle side loads. This is due to the fact that the actual metal being used to make them is cobalt alloy embedded throughout the bit. By reserving your cobalt drill bits to these special applications, you will ensure that they will last you several years. Individually they will cost around $10 – $20 depending on the size, type, and quality of the bit.
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.
I know many guys who will wrap them up in a lightly oiled rag and that does work really well. As an example, one hole in soft brick took around 8 regrinds just to drill the one hole, and the job was hard going and took nearly an hour.
These typically require a very high torque drill to use successfully since the worm thread tends to pull the bit into the wood aggressively.
Grinding can be done by hand (slow), by bench grinder (for twist drills) or by angle grinder (with precautions). For most drilling applications, M35 cobalt drill bits should prove sufficient, as they contain around five percent cobalt. To help keep your cobalt drill bits separated from your general use drill bits, most of them will have a distinctive dull gold color.
If you do a wide range of different jobs, as you would with a general contracting business for instance, then buying a set to start out with would probably be better. One can reduce the torque required by pre drilling a small hole to allow clearance for some of the worm thread and hence reducing its pull. Better quality powered drill bits in these sizes are readily available and not too expensive, which limits the use of these basic old bits. When these are resharpened, unfortunately their performance diminishes quite drastically because the process strips the coating, exposing the inferior metal underneath, and they will then require more frequent resharpening each go around. For jobs requiring heavier duty drill bits, M42 drill bits, which contain around eight percent cobalt can be used. You can usually find a good set of twenty nine of the most common sizes and types for about $100. M56 cobalt drill bits are the highest quality, and are often used for industrial applications. I have drilled only a few holes in metal, so don't know how well they hold up there, but for drilling wood and composite, they are awesome.



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