These specialized drill bits are used for a number of different applications, their most common uses are:
Similarly to a countersink, step drills can enlarge existing holes. However, with specific diameters they can drill more precisely sized holes. Therefore, resizing pre-drilled holes can be done both quickly and accurately.
Drilling A Variety Of Different Sized Holes
Projects often require a wide variety of different specifications, such as numerous depths and diameters of holes in different materials.
Therefore, step drills are ideal for this situations due to their versatility; for example, a step drill made from appropriate-strength material can make a number of different sized holes in sheet metal stock, then be used on a cast iron workpiece afterwards, without needing to switch drill bits at any stage.
This brings efficient, cost-effective performance as a single drill bit can be used in place of numerous bits.
Benefits Of Step Drills
With their range of different applications, the step drill can offer a number of different benefits to its user, such as:
- Very clean holes: Not only are step drills very accurate, they produce clean holes without minimal burr. This gives them a notable advantage over other common types of drill.
- Quick and precise: Step drill bits can drill prices holes fast, their variable diameters allow them to cut larger holes much quicker than a normal drill bit. This efficiency is priceless in many industries.
- Suited to sheet metal: These drill bits are extremely good for use on sheet metal, cutting quick holes of varying diameter.
- Several sizes in one: Their design means that they can produce a number of different hole sizes, meaning that drilling does not have to stop in order to switch another sized bit into the tool. This is not only highly convenient, it also saves time and money.
- The lower acute cut angle of a step drill makes it easily capable of drilling into softer materials, including brass and even plastics.