View Full Version : how hard to drill thru railroad ties?

03-30-2009, 11:50 PM
I have about 42 of em and prob have to drill through all of em. I have long enough drill bit 1/2" to put re-bar through. But I had a hell of a time sawing through them and was wondering how hard it was going to be to drill throw 8 inches of tie? thanks guys

03-31-2009, 03:20 AM
use sharp paddle bit you will be fine

04-02-2009, 06:01 AM
Shouldn't be too bad, but plan on sharpening/replacing the bit in the near future. It seems those things were always covered in grit that will dull a blade or bit fairly quick. The creosote will also coat the blade and smell nasty while your working.

04-02-2009, 08:43 AM
Use a good Shankless auger bit with a good drill

04-02-2009, 10:34 PM
using a quality bit and powerful drill no problems at all. Try and not let the bit drill through into soil which will dull the bit in no time.

Ruben Rocha
04-03-2009, 04:46 PM
A sharp auger/brace bit works fine on them.
Electricians use them a lot drilling studs in walls and they are usually around 18" long depending on the size.
But I will say railroad ties will take its toll on them so I would suggest getting the models that state they cut through nails.
When you need to sharpen them the only way I know of is a small rat tail file. If you break off the screw tip it is over.

Oh and make sure your drill has a reverse. If the bit binds up and you don't have a reverse you will be using channel locks on the bit to back it out.

04-03-2009, 06:05 PM
Uncle buck style drill bit. (sorry couldn't resist)

Summit L & D
04-04-2009, 12:43 AM
You'll never make it with a "spade" style bit. Get an auger style and you're good to go.