How To Insert a Drill Bit

Everything You Need to Know

Even if you’re a pro craftsman, you may want to know how to insert a drill bit with your newly purchased drill machine.

That’s why knowing how to insert a drill bit is an essential skill to have. However, if you’re a newbie, inserting a bit in any type of drill machine can give you a pretty hard time.

It’s not all 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 others 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 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.

Whether it’s a professional set full of different bits or a simple DIY set, you will need to make sure you have inserted the bit correctly and safely.

This guide will offer a brief explanation to help you complete your DIY smoothly and safely.

How To Insert a Drill Bit
Knowing Your Equipment

Step 1

First of all, read the manual both of your motor drill and the kit thoroughly.

Though the basic operating rules and regulations are more or less the same, for some devices, the company provides some extra cautionary messages.

So if your gadgets come with an instruction manual, follow it properly so it starts you off on your journey of understanding how to insert a drill bit.

Step 1

When inserting a bit, make sure your device is switched off. Never ever try to insert any bit when your power drill is on full power. Not only will you break your machine, but you might end up in the emergency room!

Therefore, 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 preferred tasks.


Set the Bit

Hold the bit with your thumb and index finger so the shank is facing the jaws of the chuck.

Next, put the bit into the chuck and instantly pull it back about a centimeter.

Remember to keep hold of the bit and chuck because it’s not secure and could fall out, and could fault your job or cause an accident.

Set the Bit

Most drill bits are interchangeable, as long as your drill’s chuck size fits, you should be fine!

It’s good to have a number of different drill pieces to avoid you having to keep purchasing more.


Step 3

There are some different regulations regarding 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.

Step 3

There should be a sign on there, or a bar on the bit, that gives you 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 a couple of times 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 does not have bit attached with it.

But if your drill is attached with some bit, you’ll want to change the bit for a different use.

If this applies to you, then follow the below mechanism.

Step 4

If there is any bit inserted which you want to remove to insert a new one, hold the drill tight so that it 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 an 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.

The cautionary steps of how to insert a drill bit:

  • 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 gets slipped off, it may hurt your eyes.
  • In many bits, one side tends to be very sharper; if accidentally you put a 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’ hands. And even if you let them use it, make sure they use it under adult supervision.


Inserting a drill bit doesn’t need to be a complicated task, and we hope after reading through this guide you know how to insert a drill bit.

If you are new to holding the drill and are unsure of how it is supposed to feel, then you can check out our ‘How to Use a Power Drill’ article for more information, which will enhance your knowledge of how to insert a drill bit.

With these tips, inserting a drill bit will soon feel like a breeze, so you work more efficiently.

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