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What is a Step Bit and Why Should You Use it

Meet the Step-Bit

What is a step bit? A step bit is a conical-shaped drill bit that can drill various hole sizes without the need to change bits. From tip to top, this single tool has gradually increasing diameters starting at one-eighth inch, allowing it to drill ten different size holes.

Can you imagine drilling without having to change out your bit for a different size? 

Step Bit DrillWhat is a step bit drill used for? 

Step bit drills work best on sheet metal. If you’ve used a traditional drill bit on sheet metal, you’re familiar with it catching a burr. The step bit should have smoother, rounder results. 

Also, if you’re going to be drilling into thin acrylic sheets, plywood, and plastic laminate, this is a tool you’re going to want to know about. 

Why should I use a step bit? 

The advantage over a standard drill bit is that you can drill ten holes without having to change bits. Also, the holes are smooth, and maneuvering in tight spaces is easier. 

How do I use a step-bit drill? 

In my video, I’m using the step bit in a drill press. I press very slowly until I reach the step (or size) hole that I am looking for. It can also be used in a hand-held drill,  However, it’s important to keep the drill perpendicular to the work surface to reduce the possibility of binding.

The versatile step bit drill can drill 10 hole sizes without having to change out your bit. Consider using it for your next project and leave us a comment on our Ron Hazelton’s HouseCalls Facebook page to let us know what you think. For more ideas on handy tools, browse for hundreds of DIY home improvement projects

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