A: The drill bits we supply are specifically designed to work with paper drill presses. The shafts are hollow which allows the paper chips to move up and through the bit and be ejected into a bag or chip tray on the rear of the machine. We generally do not recommend using them in standard, shop type drills or drill presses because the paper chips pack inside the hollow shaft of the bit with nowhere to go. Once the bit gets packed with paper chips, there is a possibility it will shatter and could cause injury to the user.
The only style that would work in a shop type drill would be the Lawson Style “B”. The drill must have a ½” diameter chuck and you would need to clear the paper chips out every stack or two that you drill. Additionally, you must lubricate the bit quite frequently. The safest and most productive way to drill paper, tags, cards, etc. would be to invest in a paper drill press or a heavy-duty punch.
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