Getting the most out of your diamond drill: a complete guide

Diamond drills are the most effective drilling tools available. As the hardest object in nature, diamonds are better than any other drilling material available and can tear through concrete like butter. They are the go-to item for anyone engaging in heavy-duty drilling work which requires going through wrought iron or any other material you can think of. A diamond drill will always be harder than the substances it’s drilling making it the perfect tool for when you run out of drilling options.

However, as you can imagine, diamond drills are incredibly expensive. A typical diamond drill can set you back several hundreds of pounds, and if you keep breaking the diamond drill bits, whether you’re doing your diamond drilling in London, the costs can keep mounting. That’s why you need to be extra careful when using one, which is why this guide will be useful for anyone embarking on diamond drilling in London or any other city.

Before you start

Before you take on any DIY project, particularly one using a diamond drill, it’s important to inspect your tools thoroughly. With a diamond drill you are looking for any cracks or other damage. If you suspect any kind of damage to the drill, then please don’t use it. Drills that are damaged or not mounted correctly can be dangerous.

Once you checked the drill, then you want to make sure you have all the safety equipment which will allow you to get to work injury free. Wear gloves, goggles and safety footwear as a minimum. You may also consider getting a mask with a filter to prevent you inhaling any toxic substances.

Check the diamond drill for run out

You need to make sure that the diamond drill is attached correctly and that there is no run out. Run out will causes uneven drilling and excessive vibrations when the drill is being used. Most drills will let you know if there’s run out. You can use a special indicator for this purpose as well. Just bring the indicator to where the drill is until the spring touches the surface of the drill. The indicator should show a 0 on its dial which should remain there when you turn the drill on. If the number changes to greater than zero, then you have run out and the drill needs to be remounted.

Manually checking run out

You can also check run out using a black marker and a piece of paper. Take the paper and measure its thickness using fine callipers and then bring it near the drill. Hold the marker on the paper then remove the paper. Then turn on the drill to see if the surface of the drill touches the marker. If it does, then you have too much run out and the drill needs to be readjusted.

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