Make sure your battery or power source is disconnected. Select the size drill bit you want based on the size of the hole you need and insert the drill bit in the jaws. Tighten the chuck by hand. Select the drilling application on your clutch adjustment ring to the drill setting. Make sure your drill is set to the forward position and adjust the gear switch to position 2 for high speed. Attach power source and you're ready to drill.
Make sure you're holding the drill level to your material. Start the drill and increase speed gradually. As the bit works into the material, increase the speed. Release the trigger once the hole is complete.
Make sure your battery or power source is disconnected. Select the low speed setting on your gear switch, and adjust the torque to a high level. Reconnect the power source and begin driving.
Beginning with the clutch setting on low, start driving the fastener, and adjust the clutch as needed. If the screw will not sink into the material completely, increase the clutch a little at a time until you're happy with the position of the screw. If you're new to drilling, it may take some time for you to get familiar with the settings. When driving, it's better to start with a low clutch setting and work your way up. If you start with a setting that's too high for the job, you may drive your screw too far into the material.
If your drill has a variable speed trigger, start the drill slowly and gradually increase your speed. This will give you more control over your driving and drilling projects.
It's a good idea to have an extra charged battery on hand if you plan to take on a large-scale project.
Measure the bit as far as you want to drill a hole into your material and mark the bit with tape. This helps you make sure you're drilling to the same depth every time.
A loose bit can damage your work surface. Make sure you tighten the chuck firmly before you start working.
Find a piece of scrap wood and take the time to get familiar with your Drill/Driver. Practice driving fasteners with and without a starter hole and holding the drill level on several different types of materials.
Switch easily between forward and reverse modes with the direction switch above the trigger.
Using a low torque setting for softer materials helps protect the material from damage by the fastener.
Starting with a low clutch setting, work your way up to a higher setting until you have driven your screw to the depth you want. Leave the clutch set at this setting for subsequent screws, and you'll drive all the screws to the same depth.
A bit should fit snugly into a screw head. Try the different sized tips to find the best fitting bit.
Long screws, short screws, screws for metal, screws for wood, bolts and nuts. Keep a supply that will fit your most common needs.
They need to be galvanized or rust-proof.
There is a large variety of fasteners available in the market. It's a smart investment to buy a set of driving bits so you never have to worry about coming across a fastener you cannot use. With out the correct bit, your fastener is obsolete.
You will need to have a variety of different sized drill bits for different applications.
Not only does a pilot holes prevent your wood from splitting but it also helps keep the screw on a straight path. For large and long screws, pilot holes make it much easier to drive into the work piece. If you're driving a screw within two inches of the board's edge it is more likely that wood will split, drilling a pilot hole will help keep the wood from splitting.
Drilling a pilot hole too large for your screw will make the screw unable to grip the material. Charts are available as reference guides. A quick way to pick the right size drill bit, is to compare the drill bit with the screw's shaft. The spiraling ridges of the screw stick out from the center of the shaft. Find a drill bit that is close to the same size as the center of the screw, and smaller than the spiraling ridges.
For shorter screws, a pilot hole may not be needed. You can help get the screw started without a pilot hole by using an awl or nail to make a small indention in the wood. Place your fastener into the indention and begin to drive your fastener.
Countersinks create pockets for the screw head to fit into. You can create a countersink with a counterbore, which is a pocket with a hole that matches the size of your screw head. This makes it easy to cover the screw with a plug or putty. It's great for hiding screws heads in furniture or any other projects where you don’t want the screw to show.
To keep your screws from stripping, make sure you're using the correct driving bit to match your screw head and be careful not to use more torque than needed.
This accessory allows you to make perfect pocket holes, which you will use a lot if you're making furniture.
Driving a screw crooked will lessen its holding power, and make it difficult to drive in all the way.
It's very hard to keep the bit centered on a slotted screw head. Most DIY-ers prefer Torx or Phillips head screws.
Measure the pieces you're joining and pick a screw that will go all the way through the top piece and about 1/2 way through the bottom piece. In other words, drive a fastener 3/4 of the total thickness of the two pieces.
There are bits for drilling holes and bits for driving fasteners.
Instructions: Loosen the chuck by hand, insert the drill bit's shank and tighten firmly.
A bit used to "bore" or create deep holes in wood.
Awl hand tool
An Awl hand tool is a tool with a long metal spike used to mark or to drill holes in different materials.
The piece of metal that goes into the drill's tip. There are bits for drilling holes and bits for driving screws.
Black oxide bits
High Speed Steel Drill Bits with a Black Oxide finish which is created by a combination of chemicals and heat during the manufacturing process. Because of this finish, they have a higher resistance of rust and stay sharper longer; for use in general purpose drilling
A bit with 3 small points at the tip. Prevents the bit from "walking" when you start drilling. For precise drilling and for wood only.
The water tube on the top and back of the drill that shows you when you are level with your drilling surface.
The cylinder that opens and closes the jaw of the drill.
The portion at the very tip of the drill that holds the bit in place.
An additional tool required to loosen and tighten the chuck.
The ring around the front of the drill (usually right behind the chuck) that lets you adjust the torque setting.
When the material you're driving into is too dense or tough for the clutch setting, the drill will stop moving the fastener. This is designed to protect your surface from damage. Adjust the clutch to a higher setting to complete the drive.
A bit that creates a pocket for the screw or fastener to fit in and be flush with the top of the material. The size of the pocket should match the size of the screw head. High Speed Steel countersinks can also be used to clean the edges of holes in metal and plastic.
Used for drilling holes in various materials.
Forged or milled metal piece with a tip and a shank used for driving in all types of fasteners
Hardware that keeps two or more pieces of material together
A screw whose head is exactly level with the material it is fixed to. Might be used for molding or furniture
A wood drilling bit that makes a clean flat bottom hole. These bits shoould only be used on a drill press because of high torque they produce.
The switch on top that lets you choose between highest speed, and highest torque.
High Speed Drill Bits
General purpose bits used for drilling in wood, plastic, and metal. High Speed refers to the metal used to manufacture these kind of bits.
A pilot drill bit attached to a cylindrical cutter. Used for making large holes, ussually in 2 by material; Can be used for installing lighting under cabinets
Impact rated bits
Driving bits manufactured with a special material or profile that withstand the high torque of an impact driver; for use with impact drivers
The kind of chuck that you can loosen and tighten by hand.
A Lag Screw is a heavy-duty wood screw used for structural support . Might be used for building a deck or trellis.
The most efficient kind of battery for a cordless drill. They typically charge faster, run longer, and don't slowly fade in power.
Drill bits with a carbide tip used to drill holes in brick, mortar, block and concrete.
Ni-Cad (Nickel Cadmium) Battery
The "old school" kind of battery. They tend to take longer to charge, and they gradually lose power as they run down.
A hex design bit used for driving in nuts, bolts and other hex head fasteners.
Pilot holes are used primarily to prevent the wood from splitting. They can also be used to keep the screws on track and make it easier to drive.
A piece of wood used to cover a hole usually made by a fastener driven below the surface of the workpiece material. Might be used for decorative pieces
A hole is made for driving screws at an angle. Commonly used for furniture
Pocket hole jig
An accessory that helps you drill pocket holes.
A chart with holes that can be used to determine the size of the screw to be used and the pilot hole needed.
A fastener that makes its own hole as it's driven used for driving into sheet metal.
The section of the bit that goes into the drill's chuck. The most typical shanks are round, 3-flat, reduced and hex shaped.
To drive a fastener into material.
Spade bit / Paddle bit
A drilling bit with a flat, spade shaped head. Used for making larger holes.
Stripped/ Stripping Screws
A stripped screw has a head in which the tip design has been deformed by a spinning driver bit. They can be very hard to get out.
Sub flush screw
A screw whose head is below the surface of the material it is fixed to.
Tapered head wood-screws
A common type of fastener used for wood work.
Tile Bits / Glass Cutting Bits
Drill bits with a triangular carbide tip or tips used to drill holes in glass and tile.
Titanium coated drill bits
High Speed Steel Drill Bits with a Titanium Nitride coating which helps the drill bit stay cooler when in use, especially when drilling metal. This helps the drill bit stay sharper longer. For general purpose drilling
A drill's word for power. High torque means the drill/driver is turning the bit very hard.