Drilling holes into any material means you’ll have the right drills and drill bits for the job. Having the right tool accessories is just as important as the tools, to begin with. You get holes to the correct depths and diameters, and bits that provide a good balance between speed, precision, and overall durability. What you don’t want is something that costs you time and money.
Aussies have their work cut out for them when it comes to tools and tool accessories. But the market is flooded with cheap imports, which can make choosing what’s right for you a little bit harder. Going with homegrown brands is never a bad thing, as you’ll know products need to meet set standards. The quality is there, and so is the workmanship.
Alpha Tools are local specialists in all things drills. They produce drill bits for a variety of applications and job types. You’ll find any type of drill bit you need, regardless of what you’re drilling into. The company offers standard and heavy-duty bits that meet, and exceed, all customer expectations. Whether you’re an avid DIY-er, a demanding professional, or need bits for the odd job, Alpha professional power tools is where to look. They’re part of a larger conglomerate offering an extensive range of tools and tool accessories produced and sold in Australia and abroad.
The product lineup is neatly divided. Buyers can choose between top-performing Gold Series bits for more demanding jobs, Cobalt and Silver Series bits for everyday use, Thunderzone bits for impact drivers, and MaxDrive bits with hex drills. The variety extends from HSS bits, countersinks, threading tools and masonry bits. Woodworkers and carpenters are covered with specialist hole saws, augers and spade drills, as well as heavy-duty reciprocating blades. Metalworkers and welders are catered to with carbide burrs besides the standard HSS drill bit range.
Things to Consider Before Buying Drill Bits
Before rushing out and getting the first drill bit or drill bit kit you see, consider where and how you’ll be using the bits. The type of job more than sets the groundwork for what to get. Is this something you’ll use daily? How long will bits need to perform? What are the materials you’re drilling into? Is absolute precision a priority? What about speed? How long do you expect the bits to last for the work that you do? Honest answers to the questions above will improve your workflow, cutting down on spent time lost with substandard bits and any errors or damage that occur in the process. As with all things, prices vary, but you won’t necessarily need to splurge to get the job done right.
Here are a Few Basic Tips for Getting What’s Right:
This is an obvious one, but there are hundreds of cases where first-time users get it wrong. Determine what you intend to do and get the right bit for the tool and job. Some bits are general-purpose all-rounders that you can use for a range of drilling tasks, while others are specialist tools that you may not use often, but are a godsend when you need them.
The same type of bit (and for the same job) will have variations as to things like the angles of the points, the type and arrangement of the cutting edges or flutes, the overall length of the flutes or drill web and more. This ensures you get the right type of cut and make drilling effortless.
Having a range of materials in bits allows for speed, decent cutting power and thus precision. Alpha professional power tools cover all the basics. Standard bits are produced from high-grade steel alloys and HSS steel with enough strength and durability to last in most drilling applications. For more stubborn and harder surfaces and materials go for cobalt and carbon steel bits as they’ll pierce into your workpiece easier, won’t get hot as fast, and last longer. Masonry bits used with brick, concrete and tiles need more strength and are offered with Tungsten Carbide tips. For the toughest materials, get bits with diamond coatings. These will cut into anything and last the longest.
To what depth do you need the bit to go? There are standard sizes in mechanics bits, but Alpha has long and extra-long bits in the Jobber Series to get you further down. Bits also vary in overall diameters or the width of the hole they drill. Dimensions can be in metric units for most uses in Australia, or if you like in customary units.
Does the bit fit the drill chuck? The design of the shank determines the kind of drill the bit can be used with. Standard Jobber drills fit most drills, whereas impact drills and wrenches take hex head bits but can also fit onto the chucks of a standard drill. There are also masonry bits with cylindrical heads that fit SDS and hammer drills. Any compatibility issues are solved with drill chuck accessories
Standard drill bits in regular sizes and HSS steel are extremely affordable. Prices climb as drills get bigger, designs more exotic, and materials more resistant to wear and tear. The same applies to specialist drill bits. A good way to save and have more versatility for different jobs is to get a drill bit set in the sizes and materials appropriate to your line of work.