How to Insert a Drill Bit In a Drill

How to Insert a Drill Bit In a Drill
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How to Insert a Drill Bit In a Drill

Having a drill is a great way to get things done around your home. A drill gives you the flexibility of having multiple tools at your disposal with the simple change of a drill bit. Within seconds, you can go from drilling a hole to insert an anchor, to screwing a screw into the anchor you inserted. The flexibility gives you multiple options for fixing your home. The power of a drill also cuts down on the time needed to get the job done. Not only does it save you having to carry around multiple tools, but you can also drill and screw faster with a power tool than you can by hand.

Yes, we love drills. They are easy to use and powerful. The only thing you need to know to use your drill effectively is how to change the drill bit. If you do not know what you are doing, you can get lost in moving from one task to the other, but with a little guidance, you can have that drill bit swapped out in no time at all.

Changing Your Drill Bit

When it comes to drills, there are two main types of way to change your drill bit. One way uses a key, and the other does not. The method of changing your drill bit will depend on the type of drill which you have. For a drill with a chuck key (the key used to change the drill bit), you will notice a hole in the part of the drill which holds the drill bit. This is where to put the chuck key. For a drill without a chuck key, there will be no hole.

Changing Drill Bits on a Key-Less Drill

Even though you do not have a chuck key, you still need to loosen the chuck to get the last drill bit out (if there is one already in there) and insert the next one. The chuck is the part which holds the drill bit. To loosen it, grab the chuck with one hand (the part which is holding the drill bit) and the part next to the chuck with the other. Twist the chuck counterclockwise to loosen it. As you turn it, the part which holds the drill bit will begin to open and widen.

Once you have turned the chuck enough, the current drill bit will become loose and may even fall out. Once you have loosened the chuck enough, you will be able to pull the drill bit from the drill. Safely store the drill bit so that it does not become lost or damaged. You can now insert the next drill bit.

Check the Chuck – Safety Tip

Before you insert the next bit, you should make sure that the jaws which will hold it are open wide enough to accept it. You may need to turn the chuck some more to give enough room. When there is enough room, place the new drill bit into the jaws, with the correct part facing out, and ensure that it is in straight. If you do not insert the bit straight, then it will wobble and vibrate when in use and can present a danger to you.

Once the drill bit is in place, turn the chuck clockwise to tighten the jaws of the drill around the new drill bit. Firmly twist the chuck until it is tightened. Check the drill bit to make sure that it is tightly held in the jaws and that it is straight. Give the trigger a couple of squeezes to make sure that the drill bit spins correctly before using the drill for its intended use.

Changing Drill Bits on a Drill with a Chuck Key

A chuck key will look like a key, but with a cog on the end. The cog will have teeth which will interact with the teeth on the chuck of the drill. To loosen the chuck on this type of drill, first, locate your chuck key. Most drills with a chuck key have a place on the drill in which you can safely store the chuck key. Find the chuck key and insert it into the hole on the chuck of the drill. The end of the key should fit into the hole, and the teeth of the cog should fit into the teeth on the chuck.

Turn the chuck key counterclockwise to loosen the drill bit. As you are turning the key, the jaws of the chuck will begin to loosen and the bit will become loose and may fall out. When the jaws are loose enough, you can pull out the drill bit and store it away safely. You can then find the new drill bit which you need to insert and check if the jaws are open wide enough for you to insert it. If the jaws are not wide enough, turn the key some more to open them.

When the jaws are wide enough, place the drill bit in so that it is sitting straight, and turn the key clockwise to tighten the jaws. Tighten the chuck firmly and then remove the chuck key. Check that the drill bit is sitting straight by visually inspecting it and pressing on the trigger a few times to ensure that it turns correctly before putting the chuck key away again.

Wrapping It Up

Having a drill is a convenience, and no part of it should be an inconvenience to you. Changing a drill bit is one of the fundamental parts of using a power drill. If you cannot change a drill bit, you are not going to be able to use your drill. Thankfully, changing a drill bit is a relatively easy thing to do. It does not matter if you have a drill with a chuck key or one without, changing the bit is straightforward.  As you can see it only takes a few seconds to learn how to change the bit and a few seconds more to master it.

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