Last updated: September 7, 2020
Are Drill Bits Universal?
By Herbert Dorman
Are Drill Bits Universal?
Are you wrinkling your eyes looking at the headline? What do you think, are drill bits universal?
Well, in some cases drill bits are universal, and in some cases, they are not universal.
Many jobs we need to perform where we need to create a hole in the wall, tiles and any other surfaces for different types of purposes. Using a drill bit, you can perform this task quickly, smoothly and efficiently.
You can’t resist yourself to say “Thank You” to the home improvement manufacturer because they are fulfilling the demand of many professionals and non-professionals by supplying quality tools.
In this article, I am going to share the logic behind “why drill bits are not universal always” so that you can give a smile instead of wrinkling your eyes.
What do you mean by the word UNIVERSAL?
The word “Universal” is something that can do or available for everything or everyone.
The “uni” of the word “universal” means “one.” So, it means “all for one” or “one for all.” If anything is universal, that can be applied to all circumstances.
Now can you use drill bits in all circumstances?
No, you can’t use drill bits for all purposes because to perform different projects, you are using different tips. Also, you can’t say that a tool can fill up all the projects efficiently, practically it is challenging. But sometimes you can say the drill bit is universal somehow.
However, “universal drill bit” means you don’t need to own a separate drill bit to create a hole on a different type of material starting from wood to concrete (unless you are creating a hole into fragile materials such as glass or ceramic).
This is the reason, the word “universal” will become heavy-weighty words for a drill bit.
And in some cases drill bits are universal, and some cases are not.
Drill Bits Are Interchangeable
Yes, you have read right. But the condition is, the different shank has to fit on the same drill bit, then only they are interchangeable.
For this, you need to know about the size of the shank for your drill bit.
- ½ – inch (13 mm): Receives tips with shafts gauging ½-inch and for heavy-duty tasks they are highly appreciable.
- 3/8 – inch (10 mm): Receives tips up to 3/8-inch and they are suitable for light-duty operation.
Now, let me explain to you the overall matter.
For example, you have a drill machine that you are using with ½ – inch tip. Somehow, the machine gets damaged and becomes unrepairable. You bought a new machine, and if the shaft size allows, you can use the same ½ – inch tip in the new machine. That is how a drill machine is universal.
Moreover, it is unnecessary to stick to the same manufacturer for your home improvement or any other project.
Let’s say. A Dewalt machine has some available tips that can be used on that precise equipment. Now, if you want to add any other size tip that was not included with your machine, you can purchase it from the market and use it until the shaft allows.
Equally, you can use the Dewalt tip to create holes to some other drill bits if they are same in size.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is drill bits ideal for D.I.Y. projects?
Drill bits also can perform on different types of materials like wood, concrete, plastic, glass, and many more and ideal for D.I.Y. projects.
For what purposes drill bits can be used?
Do I need to replace my drill bits?
What material is used to make universal drill?
How durable is a drill bit? Also, what is its lifespan?
So, I believe a thin smile is out there on your face as you have got the answer. A drill bit is an all-rounder to perform for you at any operation related to creating holes in any surface. The simple logic is; the shaft needs to allow your required sizes. Then nothing can stop you from being successful at any project.