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Old 07-01-2009, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default Drilling a SS pot

What do you use, a bi metal hole saw or a regular good drill bit?

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Old 07-01-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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I prefer a step drill. Bi-metal hole saws work, also. A simple twist drill (what I assume you mean by "regular drill bit") is a last resort for any hole larger than about 1/4".

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Old 07-01-2009, 12:25 AM   #3
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I prefer a step drill. Bi-metal hole saws work, also. A simple twist drill (what I assume you mean by "regular drill bit") is a last resort for any hole larger than about 1/4".
+1 for a step-bit or Uni-bit!
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:56 AM   #4
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+10 fro step bit... Check Harbor Freight if one is close to you for their step bit combo packs... Can usually find them on sale for $15 or less... They work just fine...

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GO SLOW or you will just smoke the bit. Perhaps using "regular" bits, you could drill a pilot hole (1/3 the size of the final hole) first, then enlarge it. Take your time with SS.

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slow speed high pressure, step bit, get the larger pair from HF rather than the 3 pack.

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Old 07-01-2009, 12:07 PM   #7
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I prefer a step drill. Bi-metal hole saws work, also. A simple twist drill (what I assume you mean by "regular drill bit") is a last resort for any hole larger than about 1/4".
A regular bit might rip your arm off when it gets hung up while breaking though.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:45 PM   #8
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unibit, great deals on Home Garden, Business Industrial on eBay!

Buy an Inwin and be happy about it. A little vegi oil, one of those bits and you can drill a bunch of kettles very nicely.
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:43 PM   #9
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I use a center punch to mark the hole, then a 1/8" drill bit to create a pilot hole and then a step bit to finish. Both drilling steps are performed at a relatively slow speed with high pressure, lubrication and patience.

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+1 for lubrication oil.

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