As the Milwaukee Shockwave bits are billed as impact ready, for test purposes, the bit was used in a 1/4 inch, hex drive impact driver. The packing card indicates it as suitable for boring holes in plastic, wood, aluminum and steel. Thus, it was so tested. The holes in a piece of schedule 40 PVC pipe were clean and round, with the bit going through the PVC like cheese (a very dry, hard piece of cheese). The holes bored in a 4"x4" piece of wood were accomplished easily, in some cases having to back the bit out a few times to remove the wood building up in the grooves in the bit. Drilling through 1/8 inch aluminum plate went quickly, however the holes appeared to be not perfectly round. Switching the bit to a drill motor instead of the impact driver provided better control and resulted in a rounder hole. Leaving the bit chucked in the drill motor, holes were then quickly bored in 3/16" steel with acceptable (for hand held drilling) results.
Durable, Easy to Use, Strong, Sturdy
slight "wander" hand drilling in soft aluminum
Most of my drilling is in mild steel, typically 1/4" thick. I've used several types of 1/2" drill bits from high speed steel to TiN and carbide for general purpose drilling.
I've used plenty of Milwaukee power tools but until now never tried their drill bits. I am glad I did. This is a quality drill bit.
Drilling in 1/4" mild steel plate without a pilot the Milwaukee performed wonderfully. The bit started right off without walking. It took a moment to get the full angel of the bit face to cut but once it did it was plowing right through the steel.
I am very pleased with the Milwaukee bit and will be adding Milwaukee brand to my drill bit box.
I use these drill bits mostly for pilot or step holes in 1/4" steel. I've never tried Milwaukee bits before so I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. I've used high speed steel bits as well as TiN coated. These bits are superior to HSS bits and perform better than my regular Tin bits.
The bit is well centered on the Hex drive and seems to have a sharp precise point - no bit walking.
The bit worked well drilling several pilot holes in 1/4" plate steel with no signs of heating up or getting dull. I used a drill speed around 800 rpm with moderate pressure.
I am very pleased with these bits from Milwaukee!
Great bit. I especially love that it's a standard 1/4" hex shank. A 1/2" bit is essential for any shop and this particular TIN coated bit seems to cut really well. The hex shank really helps to keep the drill's power transferred to the bit and doesn't allow for any slippage. Another benefit is that the hex shank makes it super easy to use in drill bit extenders as well.
I've used these drill bits on a number of different surfaces and compositions and they have drilled clean and true in every one. Metal-clad doors, wood of all types, thinner metals, veneers, drywall, and plastic. As I said, the holes have come out very clean, with the bits leaving no marks or cuttings behind, and they are very true to size. They are on top of my kit as my go-to bits for just about any surface I attack.
Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Accurate, Strong, Good Size & Weight, clean holes
For my project this bit did not work well. I needed to drill some holes in 1/8 steel plate. I u...
May 16, 2017
For my project this bit did not work well. I needed to drill some holes in 1/8 steel plate. I used a center punch to mark the hole. The bit sat in the punch mark but wouldn't really bite into the material. I used another brand made out of cobalt and this second bit really worked.
I needed a 3/8" drill bit to complete a landscape border project. The heavy plastic brick border ...
July 07, 2017
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I needed a 3/8" drill bit to complete a landscape border project. The heavy plastic brick border has holes that only are opened so far and need a drill bit to enlarge the hole to hammer in the stake to secure the 4" border piece. I found my Dad's drill over 60 years old, it worked perfectly, however, I was missing a 3/8" drill bit. I went with the advise of a Home Depot employee who helped me select the best drill bit for my project. Cost was perfect and my drill bit helped me finish my perfect landscape border. I highly recommend this brand if you are looking to find a quality drill bit!
This bit is very sharp and cuts smoothly right out of the package. If you keep a nice even pressure on it, it produces nice tight spirals of steel. One of the advantages of this bit is that the shank is machined for use with either an impact driver or a standard drill motor. It is really nice when drill bits are machined with a set of flats or, in this case, a hex shank. Most drill motors these days have chucks that are tightened by hand. Hand tightened chucks are really convenient but it is much harder to get the chuck tight enough by hand. By having the shank machined with flat surfaces you can hand tighten the chuck and it is impossible for the bit to slip.
Excellent drill bit. It is perfect fit for the 5mm size I was looking for, to use with my hobby p...
November 08, 2016
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Excellent drill bit. It is perfect fit for the 5mm size I was looking for, to use with my hobby projects.
I customize Transformer toys, and I drill holes for extra appendages like wings / small weapons, or deepen existing holes. I bought a Ryobi Corded Driver from a local Home Depot a few months ago, and this Shockwave 13/64in. drill bit is the exact size I was looking for, as shown in my two pics. Highly recommended item, strong and durable with titanium coating.