Nowadays, fixing things like putting up shelves and electrical boxes can be done by oneself. Hence, drilling tools are always present at homes. The drilling tools are specific to particular materials. Drill bits for metals are attached to a drill to create holes only for metal surfaces or materials. The same goes for wood drill bits or glass drill bits. Know more about these types of drilling tools and you might just improve the precision and outcome of your work.


A drill is used for drilling holes in a variety of materials or binding different kinds of materials. It is fitted with a cutting tool, usually a drill bit or a driving tool, using a driver bit. This is one of the types of drilling tools that are commonly used in construction, metal and woodworking. For those who wanted to save money, the hand drill can be used for do-it-yourself projects. There are certain types that are used in the medical field too. Drills may be powered manually or by compressed air (pneumatic drill), by electricity (electric drill) or by combustion engine (drilling augers).

  • Hand Tools

This type of drilling tool is powered manually. Here are few examples:

  • Bow Drill

  • Brace and bit

  • Gimlet

  • Breast Drill/Eggbeater drill

  • Push drill

  • Pin chuck

  • Pistol-grip (corded) Drill

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The pistol-grip drill is the most commonly used tool today and already has several subtypes. There are subtypes that are used by plumbers and electricians.

  • Hammer Drill

A hammer drill uses a percussive action hence; it is suitable to be used on hard materials like bricks, concrete, stone (masonry) and rocks. This is typically used for installing shelves in concrete or electrical boxes.

  • Rotary Hammer Drill/Masonry Drill

These types are usually applied in boring holes or installing lead anchors in concrete like for benches or handrails. One distinguishing feature of this drill is that it can be used as drill only or hammer only.

  • Cordless Drill

The cordless drill uses rechargeable batteries. So make sure that you have an extra pack of batteries for continuous work!

  • Drill Press/Pillar/Pedestal/Bench Drill

These drilling tools are either mounted on stand or bolted on the floor and can work their way on steels. They are mostly used for woodworks but can also be used for honing, polishing and sanding.

Drill Bits

Drill bits are tools that are attached to a drill. They make cylindrical holes and they come in standard sizes.

  • Universal Bits

Universal bits can be used in most materials like wood, metal and plastic. Examples are as follows:

  • Twist drill bits

  • Unibit – commonly used on sheet metals

  • Step drill bits

  • Hole saw – can make large holes in woods and metals

  • Metal Drill Bits

This section provides examples of drill bits for metals This type of drill bit is used for drilling holes on metal surfaces or materials. Examples are:

  • Center drill bits

  • Spotting metal drill bits

  • Ejector drill bit

  • Core drill bit

  • Gun drill bit

  • Countersink bit

  • Wood drill bits

The wood drill bit enhances your wood working output. These types include:

  • Wood spade bits

  • Lip and spur bits

  • Spade bits – used for rough wood boring

  • Forstner bits – bore precise, flat-bottomed wood holes

  • Center bits – very compatible with drilling wood with a hand brace

  • Auger bits – effective for chip removal

  • Diamond core bits

This drill bit has a diamond embedded in its metal segments that are attached to the cutting edge. It can drill holes in glasses or on printed circuit boards (PCBs).

  • Masonry Drill Bits

Masonry bits are attached to a hammer drill. These are used on rocks, stones, bricks and concrete.

  • Glass Drill Bits

Glass bits on the other hand have a carbide point that are spade-shaped and generates high temperature. The disadvantage of these drill bits are their short life cycle.

  • PCB through-hole Bits

Holes in printed circuit boards (PCBs) are created by this type. These PCBs are mostly made of abrasive fiberglass making it unusable for steel bits.

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Top Brands

There’s a wide array of appropriate manufacture for your drilling tools. Some may speak falsely on the quality of what they can offer. For convenience, here are the lists of the top brands of drills and drill bits. They are DeWalt, Craftsman, Hitachi, Makita, Bosch and Black and Decker. Now who have never heard of these brands? I bet you have one in your home right now.

For drill bits, Komet, Mikron, Seco, Alfra had made their names and has proven their worth and the quality of drill bits they produce.

Choosing The Right Type Of Drilling Tools

Always remember this golden rule when it comes to drilling tools: Make sure that you chose the right types of drilling tools for the right job. If you are a do-it-yourself person, you can buy an electric drill since it is easy to use and versatile.

Depending on your preference, you can either get an electric drill (corded) or go for a rechargeable drill (cordless). If you choose a rechargeable drill, make sure to ask for the price of rechargeable batteries before buying. They are costly at times. Rechargeable batteries have a limited life span so make sure you have spare battery packs ready. Since drill’s power is measured in Amperes, make sure to check how much ampere your drills have. The higher the Ampere, the more power your drill produces!

For all the drilling tools and supplies that you need, make sure that you know their respective uses and the amount of power they produce. Do not sacrifice the quality and capacity of your drilling tools. It pays to spend significant amount of money on an investment that would last several years than to waste money on low quality products that requires replacements every two to three months.