drilling holes in bucket

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by bobbyg18, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. bobbyg18

    bobbyg18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    i have just purchasded a toothed bar for my skid steer and need to drill 2 holes in the side of the bucket for the 3/4" bolts...my question is how to drill the holes, with what drill bit?...
  2. bobcat9957

    bobcat9957 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    I would find someone who is good with a torch. Drilling the cutting edge will take a while and you will probably eat up a few bits depending how hard it is.
  3. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 734

    Use a 3/4" hole saw (lenox makes good metal hole saws) and alot of cutting oil and take your time.Drill the pilot hole first with 1/4" split point bit.You can also rent magdrill a your local rental shop works like a drill press.good luck.

  4. Rickco

    Rickco LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Go to a local welding shop that has a plasma cutter. This will cut the holes so clean you will swear they were drilled and will take 20-30 seconds.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    You definatly will need a Mag drill to drill 3/4 holes you try drill them by hand with a 1/2 drill it will rip your arms off if the bit grabs. A plasma torch will cut the holes cleaner than a oxy/act torch.

    A guy with a steady hand can burn a nice clean hole.
  6. janb

    janb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    I had to drill (12-15) 7/8" holes when adding my 'rezloh edge'

    I used a magnetic base drill, and pilot hole ~3/8" with split point

    took an hour + (slow RPM and adequate parafin based cutting oil)

    The plasma is a good option!
  7. bobbyg18

    bobbyg18 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    $20 and took 10 minutes at the local welders shop...good deal, thanks for the advice...bg


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