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Effective Drill bit to use on Landscape Trailer

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Eakern & Dog, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. Eakern & Dog

    Eakern & Dog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Does anyone know what type of drill bit to use for a Landscape Trailer. I'm installing an equipment rack and have dulled two metal bits ( two Dewalts) trying to get through the side rail. Is there a super-duper bit for trailer material or is this as goods as it gets ?

    Also, I'm using a good corded Makita drill so it's not the drill.

  2. kkls2006

    kkls2006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    What size hole are you drilling?
  3. SLC  LLC

    SLC LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 667

    try spraying some oil on there. instead of going high rpm with the drill, slow it down.
  4. kkls2006

    kkls2006 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    You should start with a Smaller hole like A 3/16 And move up from there....
  5. Eakern & Dog

    Eakern & Dog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    I 'm drilliing a 3/8 hole.On the 2nd hole I started using a smaller bit adn that helped to speed up the process a little. I will try some oil and slow down and see if that works. Thanks.........

    whew......... it's more time consuming than I estimated

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Ditto,drill a pilot hole and use oil or wd-40 keep your bit cool,you can resharpen bits on a grinder, sharpen the point and work your way down the angle of the cutting edge.
  7. Eakern & Dog

    Eakern & Dog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Okay..advice followed. I used a smaller bit and sprayed Wd-40 on the hole and Life is now Grand !

    Thanks a bunch !
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    Been there, done that! Start with a very small hole just to get through then work your way up each bit until you get to the desired size.
    Your drill is air cooled, it WILL burn up at very slow speeds.
    Every few seconds, take the drill away from the work and rev it up to cool it off. Don't use oil by the way. Carbide bits are the best.
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    little lubrication on the hole always helps.

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