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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2005, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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Trying to safety wire...

What kind of drill bits do you all use? I bought some DeWalt titanium drill bits, but they seemed to break after each hole I drilled. So I figured if the bit is going to break after each hole, I might as well buy the cheap bits. Those broke too.

The crater at the end of the bolt just seems to really tear the bits up. Does anyone have any tips to do this a little more efficiently?

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Use oil on the bits and use a drill press with a jig if possible. It takes a lot of patience and drill bits/ Plus as you noticed most bits snap as they exit. Try to apply less pressure and allow the bit to slowly cut through the last little bit.
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I tried the titanium and they didnt have any bite to them.. I switched to cobalt bits, and they cut like BUTTER.. just dab a lil' wd40 on it and the bolt and drill away..

..note: be careful about your exit, and once you feel/see the bit coming out the other side, stop giving it pressure, cuz if it jolts out under pressure you can easily snap the head of the bit off..

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i used Ti bits and they worked fine. just don't use too much pressure and be patient. you also must lube the bit to keep it from getting to hot




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I didn't like the titanium. I just used standard, cheap metal aproved bits. Dab a little oil or WD40 after you get the hole started. Make sure the drill pressure is axial. Slow speed and very light pressure.

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cheap drill press and a homemade jig will save hours of frustration.
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cobalt bits, a corded drill (for higher revs), some wd40 (dont really need that much) and a vise work just as good :D

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Yep, I wasn't using a lubricant. I'll definitely give it a shot this weekend.

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Yep, lubrication, and *cobalt* bits. Ti offers good durability, but only for general purpose drilling. This is not general purpose.

Drill press is nice, but a good corded drill will be just as good (and faster) for most of the bolts on the bike. I've drilled many of bolts with them still on the bike.
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just keep the bit lubricated using taping fluid or wd40. small drill bit's generally like high speed. and drill very slowly. cobalt bits are the best.
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