A drill or drilling machine contains different types of drill bits for making holes. Mostly drill bits make holes in a circular motion. A drill bit is fitted into the drilling machine securing with a chuck. Generally, drill bits are used to make holes in walls, metals, woods and plastics. We can remove the drill bit from the drill in three different ways. But before knowing about how to take a drill bit out of a drill, let us know about the types of drill bits.
- 1 How to take a drill bit out of a drill within minutes?
- 1.1 1. Removing the bit with a chuck key
- 1.2 2. Manual method for removing the bit
- 1.3 3. Removing the drill bit using the drill
- 1.4 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- 2 Whole article at a glance
Types of drill bit
Drill bits are of different types depending on their sizes and shapes. But in this article, we have divided drill bits into two parts. 1. Drill bits which are mostly used for DIY & construction purposes and 2. Drill bits which are rarely used for DIY and construction purpose.
Firstly, drill bits which are mostly used for DIY & construction purposes are- twist drills, SDS, masonry bits, Universal or cordless or multi-material bits, countersink, flat bits, augers, lip and spur wood bits, titanium or tin bits, hex drill bits, pointed flat bits and core drill.
Secondly, drill bits which are rarely used for DIY and construction purposes are- extra hard drill bits, conical drill bit, gimlet, mortar rake, manual hammer drill, mortice bits, blacksmith’s drill, step bit, paper drills, star cutter drills, gun bits, flexible shank bits and many more.
What are drill bits made of?
Drill bits are made from both low and high carbon steel. Drill bits made from low carbon steel cannot be used for making holes in metal as they have a poor temper. But low carbon steel drill bits can be used to cut wood.
How to take a drill bit out of a drill within minutes?
As days are passing everything is getting advanced thus drill machine too. For taking out the drill bit from an old drill machine a key called chuck key is needed. But the drill bit from modern drills can be taken out without the chuck key.
Other than chuck key, drill bits from the modern drills can also be taken out using the drill itself or manually.
Thus, there are 3 ways of removing a drill bit from a drill.
Now, we will briefly know about the three ways of removing a drill bit from a drill.
1. Removing the bit with a chuck key
There are a few steps that you need to follow properly for removing a drill bit from the drill having a key locking system. Basically, older drills have this key locking system.
Now, let us know the process:
- First of all, you need to locate the holes of the drill where you can fit the key, known as the chuck key. The drill may contain one or more than one hole and you need to unlock all the holes for taking the bit out of the drill.
- For unlocking the holes, you need to fit the chuck key into the holes and rotate the key anti-clockwise 5-6 times. Make sure to unlock all the holes properly for taking out the drill bit freely.
- Once you have unlocked all the holes properly, the drill bit should come out easily. But still, if you can’t take out the drill bit then again check to ensure that you have rotated them anti-clockwise.
2. Manual method for removing the bit
Modern drill bits can be removed manually from the drill. For removing a drill bit out of the drill, you need to follow a specific process accordingly:
- Hold the handle of the drill with one and rotate the chuck anti-clockwise with another hand. Keep rotating the chuck until the bits come out.
Chuck is the part of the drill that holds the bit tightly into the drill. So, rotating the chuck will loosen the internal components and thus the bit will come out easily.
- Keep the bit securely so that you don’t lose it.
3. Removing the drill bit using the drill
- An electric drill comes with a button above the handle of the drill. Push the button inwards on the left side.
- After pushing the button of the drill inwards on the left side, hold the chuck of the drill with your hand (so that the chuck cannot rotate) and pull the trigger.
Doing this will loosen the inner components of the chuck and the drill bit will come out easily.
Make sure to keep the drill bit safely so that you don’t lose it.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Do I need to take any safety measures while removing the bit?
Yes! Make sure to keep your hand (With which you are holding the chuck) safe.
You can also wear a glove if you are following the 3rd method of taking a drill bit out of a drill.
What to do if the chuck is stuck after removing the bit?
There are two ways of unscrewing the stuck chuck.
Number one, you can insert a Phillip’s Head screwdriver into the top hole of the drill and rotate the screwdriver anti-clockwise. This will let you rotate the chuck again.
Number two, take a wrench or vice grips and hold the chuck of the drill. Then rotate the chuck anti-clockwise with the help of a wrench or vice grips.
What should I do if I can’t find my keys?
If you can’t find your chuck key, then you have to buy a new one; a specific key for your specific drill.
Can I use the chuck key of another drill for unlocking my drill chuck?
No, you can’t use the chuck key of another drill for unlocking your drill chuck. Chuck key of every different drill is different. If you have lost your chuck key then you need to buy a new one for your specific drill.
Whole article at a glance
So, after reading the whole article I’m sure that now you know how to take a drill bit out of a drill. In fact, now you have become an expert in this particular work as you have got to know about- types of drill bits, what are drill bits made of and 3 methods of removing drill bit out of a drill.
But always remember that, no matter how much expert you become you always have to be careful while using this tool.
The reason why I concentrate over safety so much is that once my dad got injured while removing the drill bits. And even he lost one drill bit.