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68F100
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From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
Registered: Oct 99

posted 06-20-2002 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to drill a lot of holes in stainless steel for my job. Seems like drill bits are junk after about two holes. I know you have to drill slower and use cutting oil, but I'm still wondering if any of y'all have used drill bits that stand up well to stainless.

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 06-21-2002 02:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Titanium may help.

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hotboy1966
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From: Everett, Wa. USA
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posted 06-21-2002 02:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hotboy1966   Click Here to Email hotboy1966     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SLOW! SLOW! SLOW! You might also try a heavy duty cobalt drill. If you know how to resharpen drills, try adding more relief on the heel of the cutting edge. This will allow the drill to bite in better. Be careful though, to much relief weakens the cutting edge. You might also hone a .004" flat on the cutting face if the bit. This will reduce the tendency to "grab."
Good Luck,
Dave
PS. Regulsr drill bits are easy to sharpen, the cobalt ones aren't

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rellik74
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From: Trinidad , Colorado, USA
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posted 06-26-2002 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rellik74   Click Here to Email rellik74     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
cobalt drill bits work real well but they must be excelent quality the ones I have used are from ww graingers. Drill slow and keep you drill and work cold. When I have had to drill smaller parts I have put them in the frezer over night. I have drilled holes in 303 stainless 1/4 thick at home with a vise and electric drill.

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Ken
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posted 06-26-2002 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken   Click Here to Email Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good quality HSS drills should drill through SS all day long when run at the proper RPMs with lubricant !!!

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mcj67
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posted 07-13-2002 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mcj67   Click Here to Email mcj67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Use a good quality Carbide tip concrete/masonary drill bit.
I used to do plumbing work in comercial kitchen's and had to drill stainless steel on a daily basis, these bits drill it very well, Happy drilling. Mike Jones

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jsracingbbf
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posted 07-13-2002 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jsracingbbf   Click Here to Email jsracingbbf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Try those pilot tipped bits made of titanium. They aren't cheap, but they do cut a small pilot hole as you drill which makes it easier for the bigger bit to follow. I used to do electrician work and also had good luck with a electrician's hardened stepper bit, around $40.00 bucks but well worth it. I still use mine alot.

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jkilroy
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posted 07-16-2002 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkilroy   Click Here to Email jkilroy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SS will work harden in no time, you must use a HEAVY feed and low RPM.

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Jay Kilroy
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GypsyR
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posted 07-19-2002 12:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GypsyR   Click Here to Email GypsyR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had to drill some holes through some leaf springs once, boy that was NOT fun. After killing half a dozen bits (the cobalts weren't too bad) a machinist friend suggest I use carbide. My jaw dropped at the prices, it was cheaper to keep killing HSS bits. He said go buy a "carbide tipped masonry bit" slightly bigger than what I needed. I grabbed one from Home Depot for $5 or so and took it to him. He ground the tip to the proper diameter and sharpened it correctly for use on steel. I did have to resharpen it once before I finished, but it worked!

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N266fords
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posted 04-23-2003 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for N266fords   Click Here to Email N266fords     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
hey guys i am a 37 year old machinist and, you want to use colbalt like mentioned previously titanium is very brittle and the to hard surfaces dont like working with each other drill slow 300 rpm on press or 1/2 drill with v.s. switch use a cuuting oil to cool the bit good luck i know im new but i am full of info but i wont reply unless i know for a fact what i am saying is right

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