Back when we first started our blog, the very first article we wrote was ‘5 Tips To Extend Your Paper Drill Bit’s Life.’ Unlike most of our newsletter issues since, we did not have a video associated with/demonstrating the advice. So, here you go – for your viewing and paper drilling prosperity we present the following video version:
If you don’t have time to watch the video now, we’ll quickly recap the contents for you. There are now 6 recommended tips to make your paper drill bits last longer, reduce downtime and save you money. They are:
- Properly adjust your drill bit’s depth – set up your drill’s travel so that it just barely kisses the surface of your wooden drill blocks to avoid flaring the tip of your bits.
- Use clean wood drill blocks – this will ensure that you get a perfectly clean hole all the way through your stack.
- Sharpen drill bits regularly – keeping the tips of your bits from becoming dull will reduce friction and keep your workflow moving along. It is recommended that you sharpen your bits as often as before staring every new job.
- Keep bits clear of paper chips – using a chip clearer to free any paper chads in your bits will help to reduce friction and heat and will ultimately prolong your bit life.
- Place scrap stock or chipboard under your stacks – acting as a buffer, these will ensure a clean, perfect hole on the last sheets of your stacks being drilled.
- Keep bits well lubricated – this is crucial to reducing friction, burning of your sheets and helps the bit travel more smoothly through the stack. Apply drill bit lubricant to the entire shaft. A little in the tip of the bit can go a long way toward helping the waste chips exit the bit.
So there you have it, 6 basic steps that, if performed regularly will help you increase your finishing productivity and will help keep you from replacing dulled, damaged drill bits so often.
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Until next time,
Binding Product Specialist