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Old 02-16-2018, 11:37 AM   #1
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Anyone got a nice drill press I can borrow/just need to open up some 3/8” holes

I have a tow hitch receiver and I want to upgrade it to 1/2” hardware vs the 3/8” it has. Anyone willing to let me open up six holes with their drill press?


I’m in league City but work on the loop and i10 east.

Obviously willing to pay, perhaps we have a beer drinker and would like a 12 pack of my German Weizenbock home brew?
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Old 02-16-2018, 01:57 PM   #2
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I did the same project last summer. My harbor freight drill press would not do the job. The belt slipped when the bit grabbed metal. I was using sharp, new bits. I had to use a hand held 1/2" drill to get the job done.
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I did the same project last summer. My harbor freight drill press would not do the job. The belt slipped when the bit grabbed metal. I was using sharp, new bits. I had to use a hand held 1/2" drill to get the job done.
I have a corded drill that does the job but it takes forever. I feel like I spent 15 minutes getting halfway through one hole
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I have a corded drill that does the job but it takes forever. I feel like I spent 15 minutes getting halfway through one hole
Need to go slow <500 rpm with a drill that big, Also need oil, you're putting a lot of pressure on not a lotta bit area when you are only reaming 1/16 on the radius

Get a new bit and try it. If it grabs, deburr hole and try again.
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Need to go slow <500 rpm with a drill that big, Also need oil, you're putting a lot of pressure on not a lotta bit area when you are only reaming 1/16 on the radius

Get a new bit and try it. If it grabs, deburr hole and try again.
I was going pretty slow, didn’t have oil tho
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You should buy a COBALT drill bit (not to be confused with Lowes house brand Kobalt).
I struggled drilling some angle iron a few years back. Did a little research, went out and bought a cobalt bit, and it was like drilling through wood. Still recommend using oil too.
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Cobalt bit is a great idea. Use oil, go slow.
Most important... Cobalt is super hard but very brittle. Be careful not to chip the cutting edges and it will be like a hot knife thru warm butter.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I have a Milwaukee set of cobalt bits and the oil trick worked. Granted it took at least an hour with a couple hand denumbing breaks lol
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