How To Insert a Drill Bit: Everything You Need

Even if you are a pro craftsman, you may find some hassle inserting a completely different type of drill bit in your newly purchased drill machine and if you are a newbie, well inserting a bit in any type of drill machine can give you a pretty hard time. It’s not about having the bit perfectly inserted for smooth drilling and driving but if not put in the right position, you may end up with some accident causing harm to you and all the other nearby people of your workplace.

There many types of bit packages available in store. Some are specially designed for the pro user and some are simply for the novice user for running the DIY projects properly. Hence, if you are looking for a complete drill set to work as pro, I will suggest you to get the Craftsmen 100 piece drilling and driving kit; but if you simply want to use the machine for some simple home use, then Black & Decker 15-110 High Speed Steel General Purpose Drill Bit Set, 10-Piece, can be good option for you.

Be it a pro set full of different bits or a simple DIY set, you need to follow some mechanism to have it placed in your machine properly, obviously along with some safety measures. Here in my write up, I will try to have a brief explanation of the whole mechanism to help the user especially the newbies to have their task completed properly, perfectly and smoothly.

Step 1

First of all, read the manual both of your motor drill and the kit thoroughly. Though the basic operating rules and regulation are more or less same, for some devices, The company provides some extra cautionary messages. So if your gadgets come up with such thing, follow that properly.

When inserting a bit, make sure your device is switched off. Never ever try to insert any bit when your drill is working. It will not just break your machine but also, will end you up with your doctor. So, if you are using a cordless drill turn the Switch Off button, and if corded, make sure to unplug before making it useful for your desired task.

Step 2

If there is no bit inserted, put your one hand on the machine and another on the chuck sleeve or chuck collar of the machine. Rotate the chuck collar anti-clockwise; the chuck will be loosened and the teeth of the chuck will come out. When you will see the teeth wide open, put the smoother portion of your bit among the teeth.

Step 3

There are some different regulation of putting the smoother bit option among the teeth. In some cases, it is suggested to put 1/2 inches and in some cases its ¼ inches. There should be a sign on the or a bar on the bit to have a clear view of how much you need to put it in the chuck teeth. Upon following that, twist the chuck sleeve again in clockwise this time. When you find the chuck is firm and bit in a steady position to use, you may start using it.

Step 4

Run the forward and rewind buttons couple of time to have a test of the bit. If the bit does not shake and remains perpendicularly straight, you may use it in your workplace.
The above mechanism is used for the drill which has not bit attached with it. But if your drill is attached with some bit but you want to change the bit for a different use, then follow the below mechanism.

If there is any bit inserted which you want to remove for putting a new one, hold the drill tight, so that does not slip over your hand. By holding the drill in one hand, try to twist the chuck collar in anti-clockwise by another hand. After losing the chuck collar try to pull out the drill with that hand; or hold the drill in upward perpendicular position, twist the chuck sleeve completely in anti-clockwise and then pull the bit out of the drill and insert a new one.

Inserting a bit is nothing a rocket science but it is always recommended to put some cautionary steps.

  • When the drill is used for some time, the bit tends to get hotter. So, in that case let your drill rest for some time to get cooled or use a piece of cloth to pull that bit out
  • Use safety goggles before having it inserted. If any case or by accident, the bit get slipped off, it may hurt your eyes.
  • In many bits, one side tend to be very sharper; if accidentally you put hand or this sharp head comes closer to any of your body parts, you may get wound; so make sure the bits don’t get scattered here and there
  • Do not use bits for an uncompensated task; use the respective bits for their respective task; else both of your bit and device can get damaged.
  • Put the bits and the drill always out of your junior members’ hand. And even if you let them use it, make sure they use it under adult supervision.

Here in my article I tried to give a brief about the inserting the bit in the drill; but if you are holding your drill for the first time and do not have any hold of its mechanism, feeling completely lost, you can check my another article “how to use power drill” to have a complete idea of running your new device like a pro.

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