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drilling landscape timbers/railroad ties..

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by johnnywill08, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. johnnywill08

    johnnywill08 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA z6
    Messages: 383

    6x6x8 pt timbers and 4x4 untreated fir...

    what's the preferred tool here? preferred bit?

    thanks in advance guys.
  2. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    Go with timberlock screws if you can find them and forget drilling. You will need a strong drill though, no batteries.
  3. johnnywill08

    johnnywill08 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA z6
    Messages: 383

    thanks henry
  4. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I use a cordless 18 volt Dewalt - usually soft wood.
  5. Oasis-Outdoor

    Oasis-Outdoor LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    If you really have to drill a lot of them you could consider a 2 cycle gas powered drill, I think Stihl still makes one. Either rent or buy depending on how often you'd use one.
  6. johnnywill08

    johnnywill08 LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA z6
    Messages: 383

    just bought a cheap 6 amp craftsmen hammer drill. good call or no? got a long 1/2" bit for the rebar (into ground) and then i'll attach the timbers to each other w/ the timberlocks, right? anyway thanks guys.

    by the way, i thought of the gas drill but its prob way more machine than i need now.
  7. Greybeard

    Greybeard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    In case you're still looking, we just did a parking lot curb job with pressure treated 8x8's right out the mill soaking wet. Used a fast (2500 RPM) electric, not battery, drill and a long electrician's 1/2" drill bit - about $20. Zipped through in a few seconds. Then we set the timbers in place and went through the wood into the asphalt with a hammer drill. Pounded the 1/2" rebar in with a 3 lb. mason's hammer. The hammer drill is good for concrete, brick, pavement, etc., but it won't be much faster in wood.
  8. baddarryl

    baddarryl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I've got a 1/2" 7amp Milwaukee drill that will go though anything in no time. Not cheap, but will last longer than most of us.
  9. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I just use a long wood bit (has a blade that is wide and sharp on both sides with a screwlike tip to get the hole started.) and a normal drill you plug into the wall.

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