Can I drill through a half inch piece of aluminum with a normal power drill?
I need to drill several holes in the bottom of a lightsaber hilt, if I'm going to rewire it, and add sound, otherwise it will be impossible to hear, or at least be muffled. I measured the part I'm drilling through, and it's exactly half an inch. Will I need a different drill bit?
- Anonymous7 years agoBest Answer
A general high speed steel bit (HSS) will do just fine mate, I'd drill a thinner pilot hole first and keep an eye on the heat of the bits, if they overheat they'll go blunt on you,
- apolitoLv 43 years ago
That is simplest completed by renting a hammer drill. Draw the circle the place you wish to have it and use 1 / 4 inch masonary bit to drill holes all around the circle about a half inch aside. Take a hammer and knock out the core. You may desire a bloodless chisel to knock off any portions that hinder the gap.
- rogerLv 77 years ago
You cannot use a drill bit designed only for wood (spade, forstner, brad point).
Any drill bit designed to drill metal will work. I would suggest using cutting oil on the bit and go slow.
A drill press is also a good thing to use.Source(s): BTDT
- Anonymous7 years ago
and use a bit with a negative rake angle and shallow point angle if conventional bit used
Try out the B&D pilot point drill bits, they're great for soft materials like aluminum
and water soluble coolant/lube
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- XTXLv 77 years ago
+++ YES .. your idea is correct and the use of a bit that is made for metal will work fine ,,,a slow to medium speed will cut the aluminum -- if you run the drill on a high speed it does not eat into the aluminum .... try the bit that you have before you spend any $$$'s for a bit that you may not need ....
- 7 years ago
i think you need a metal bit i mean there all metal but im sure there's one meant for drilling metal haha look it up at your local hardware store good luck man
- William BLv 77 years ago
use a slow speed or the alum will gald [stick] its self to the drill bitSource(s): maint man