Many people do not even realize the jewels they have in their garage. Many people have had a set of tools and do not realize the potential of the tools they own. Others are struggling with tools that are not necessarily meant for the job they are doing or they do not realize there are other tools that can accomplish the task faster and more effectively. Such is the case with the step drill bit. This item is a precious tool that has many uses. Many people either own one of these step drill bits and do not know how to use it or they do not have a step drill bit and are using primitive methods to accomplish the same task. The question is asked, “Do the primitive methods work?” Of course they work, but why would you want to do something the hard way? Why would you want to accomplish a task that took you four hours when you could have done it in two or three hours? Many tools are at our disposal that can be used to make our jobs a whole lot easier.
So how would a step drill set make your job faster and easier? Well, let us take a look at this marvel of ingenuity and find out the true value of this tool. First, a step drill bit is shaped like a cone with precise increments from the point up to the top. Some have a point that can drill through a surface while others need a pilot hole made by a regular twist drill bit. The precise increments up and down this bit take the place of having to have a large set of drill bits with you at all times. For example, if you wanted a hole that was ¼ of an inch, you would need to search through your drill bits to find the bit that was exactly ¼ of an inch. Then your next hole needed to be 3/8 of an inch. Now you have to change the bit out of your drill and search for the other bit that is exactly 3/8 of an inch. Whereas if you had a step drill set you can use the same bit for different sizes of holes. You just drill your pilot hole and then insert the step drill bit and drill down to the exact diameter of choice. The further down you drill the larger the hole becomes in precise increments. This saves time from having to change bits out of your drill and searching for drill bits of exact diameter desired.
The step drill bit does, however, have a few drawbacks. The precise increments on the step drill bit are usually in 1/8 of an inch increments. This being said you can only use this bit for materials up to the thickness of a 1/8 of an inch. Also, if you have a need for a hole greater than one inch, the step drill bit is not a good idea. It is recommended that you use an annular cutter for the jobs that the step drill bit cannot accomplish. Between the step drill bit and the annular cutter, your jobs may run much more smoothly.
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