A drill has more uses than just boring holes into wood, glass, metal, porcelain or plastics. A drill can be used to buff and polish, to mix materials to sand or strip a surface. Whether you have a cordless drill or an electrically powered drill, you can make it into a multi use tool with some accessories. Manufacturers also sell pieces that make drilling holes easier and take the guess work out of sizing or hole depth. Regardless if you are a casual do it yourself on the weekends type of drill user or a more experienced one, you can benefit from the accessories available for the drill.
Typically electrically powered drills come with a chuck that has a key. The key fits into a hole and by turning the key, the drill-bit is locked in place. Many cordless drills and smaller drills come with a keyless chuck that only requires hand tightening to keep the drill-bit in place. If you lose your chuck key, many manufacturers and tool stores sell a replacement chuck key.
A drill-bit gauge helps to determine what size drill-bit you will need based on the size of the hole you plan to bore into the substrate. The bit gauge is a flat piece of metal with a series of holes cut out over the entire face. The holes range in size from tiny to fairly large depending on the gauge you buy. Mark the surface where you intend to drill a hole, make the mark as big as you wish the size of the hole to be. Hold the drill-bit gauge up to the marking and fit the mark to the hole on the gauge to determine what size drill-bit you will need to use.
As the name suggests it is a case that holds the drill-bits. Many bit cases come with slots that hold the specific size bit. Using a drill-bit case helps to keep your organized and keeps all of the bits in one place rather than scattered about the bottom of the toolbox.
A depth stop attaches to the drill with a metal piece that goes from the top of the drill out toward the drill-bit. The end of the depth stop has a flat surface that hits the substrate and won’t let the drill-bit sink any further into the surface when the drill-bits hits the depth you set it at.
A drill-bit extension or extender fits into the chuck at one end and at the opposite end it holds the drill-bit with one or two set screws. An extender lets you drill deeper holes. Extenders come in a variety of lengths to fit your needs.
Flexible Shaft for drill-bits
One end of the flexible shaft fits into the chuck and the drill-bit fits into the other end and is held in place with set screws. The flexible shaft allows the user to hold the shaft when drilling tiny holes or using a shaping bit to make intricate designs. Flexible shafts are usually used for detail work where you need tight control over the drill-bits.
Right Angle Drive Drill Attachment
A right angle drive attachment allows you to turn a standard drill into a right angle drill. Removing the chuck, sliding the right angle attachment onto the drill, replacing and te=ightening the chuck allows the attachment to stay firmly in place. Right angle attachments allow you to get your drill into tight spaces and bore a hole.
Rotary Files and Rasps
Rotary files and rasps are small bits that fit a drill to shape wood or metal. Typically the file and rasp bits are the type you would expect to use on a rotary tool such as a Dremel rotary tool.
A collar that fits onto the drill that allows a one speed drill to become a variable speed drill.
Screwdriver drill-bit Attachment
Screwdriver bit attachments allow you to turn your drill into a power screwdriver. Insert the screwdriver bit into the chuck and tighten to sink screws or back them out of the substrate. Screwdriver bits come as standard, Philip’s head or hex heads in a wide variety of sizes.
Paddle Bit Attachment
A paddle bit attachment is like a large mixer on the end of a long shaft that fits into a chuck. Paddle bit attachments are used to mix drywall joint compound, plaster or paint.
Wire Wheel drill-bit Attachment
The small wire wheel rotates at the end of the drill to allow you to remove rust, corrosion, stains and paint from wood or metal surfaces.
Drum Sander Bit
Drum sander bits are a circular piece covered in sandpaper and used to create recesses and shapes in a variety of surfaces including wood, metal, plastics, resins and fiberglass. Drum sander bits come in an assortment of grits based on your needs and the type of material you are using it on.
Sandpaper Disc Bits
Adding a sandpaper disc bit allows you to turn your cordless or power drill into a hand held sander. The disc bits are available in extra fine through extra coarse grits. Choose the grit based on what you are sanding.
Buffer Pad Bit Attachment
Buffer pads attach to the drill and lets you add a shine to metals. Pads come in a variety of materials ranging from wool to polyester. Attach the buffing pad to the drill, put the pad against the metal and turn on the drill. You now have a high speed buffer.
Nail Spinner Bit Attachment
Nail spinner bits fit into the chuck and are tightened to hold them in place. The bit has an opening at the end where a finishing nail fits. Put the finishing nail up against the wood molding or other wood and turn on the drill. As the bit spins it sinks the nail into the substrate and helps to prevent the wood from splitting when driving in finishing nails.