Drill bits are a cutting tool used for making holes in an infinite number of applications across a variety of industries. Maybe you’re in aircraft manufacturing, and need to run wiring through steel struts. Or possibly you are in the fabricating industry and need to drill holes to bolt sheets of steel together. Maybe you need a precision hole to fit a rod through. Whatever your need, A-Z Supply has the drill bits to fit your needs.
Drill bits are produced in many different sizes and configurations, and are used to create holes in a variety of material types. Below is a breakdown of characteristics that separate drill bit types from each other.
- Material: What your drill bit is made of really matters- it determines how well it will perform, as well as how long it can last. High-speed steel drill bits are the industry standard, great for general use with most materials. If you are working with super-hard materials such as high-temperature alloys or titanium, cobalt steel will provide an even more capable and durable bit.
- Point Angle: For the most part, you will find either 118-degree or 135-degree points. The point of this measurement is to provide an idea of what materials they can handle. Lower-pitched points have a more aggressive tip, and are made for drilling into softer materials, including aluminum. Highly-pitched points have a longer chisel to allow for repeated drilling into harder steels.
- Finish: Certain finishes excel at certain tasks – gold finish, for example, provides increased lubrication, particularly helpful when drilling through harder metals. Surface-treated bits, meanwhile, help to prevent chip welding and improve the abrasion resistance. At A-Z, we offer multiple drill bit options with different finishes.
- Usage: Some drill bits are made to work with specific types of materials. While you can use heavy-duty bits for lighter application, you never want to use a light-duty bit for an application it isn’t capable of handling. For instance, while you may be able to use a gold-coated hi-molybdenum bit where a general-purpose bit may suffice, using a general-purpose bit where you should be using the premium bits can result in poor results, extended drilling time, damage to the tool or materials, and other failures that will just end up costing you money in the long run.
At A-Z Supply, we have a large variety of drill bits in stock and ready to ship. We carry the top drill bits from Viking, a premier drill bit manufacturer whose bits are American made and trusted at worksites and on manufacturing floors across the nation. We also carry a range of other drill accessories making us a true one-stop supply store for your drilling and manufacturing needs. Contact us to learn more about the drill bits we offer that will meet every application.