Corded Drills Tips and Techniques
on April 17 2013
No Smoking Bits
Be skeptical of any advertised "lifetime" drill or boring bit. When you see smoke rising from a hole you're drilling, that's a good indication that either your drill bit is dull or you're working the drill too hard. One sure-fire solution - especially true when drilling hard material like maple or wet wood - is to pull the bit out of the hole regularly to clear chips.
If you start an important project that will require repeated use of the same bits, plan ahead and stock up on key spare bits. That way, you have a backup if you accidentally break or dull your only properly sized bit. It's great to have spare 1/8", 3/16", and 1/4" bits on hand.
Pitch Worn Bits
Many problems with driving screws can be traced to the driver bit. A worn bit won't firmly engage the screw's recess so it has a tendency to cam out (climb out the drive recess). With the very low cost of driver bits, it doesn't make any sense to cause yourself any aggravation. Junk the bit at the first sign of wear.
Choose the Right Extension Cord
Always use an extension cord that will supply enough power to your portable power tools without causing a drop in power or damage to the motor. Use our handy chart to find the right size extension cord for your drill.