Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Cordless Drill

We’ll talk about some of the most important mistakes that you should not commit

While there is a long list of power tools that should be present in every DIY enthusiast’s arsenal, there is perhaps none that is more important and versatile as a cordless drill. It is a power drill that can create holes in almost any material, including wood, metal, and concrete. From woodworking to furniture assembly, it has a plethora of functions.

Cordless drills can be overwhelming for newbies. To help you make the most out of this important power tool, keep on reading.

Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Cordless Drill

1.   Using the Wrong Cordless Drill

This is perhaps the most common issue amongst beginners. When buying your first drill, a lot of people are concerned about price. Most probably, your priority is to save money, which is why you are opting for the cheapest product available. Nonetheless, this should not be the case. Do not hesitate to spend a bit more if this equates to better quality and functionality. Choose a user-friendly drill designed with the needs of beginners in mind. It must be ergonomic but powerful. Read reviews and learn from what other people are saying.

2.   Not Having a Pilot Hole

A lot of people new to drilling will bore a hole directly, forcing the bit to get through the material on the first try. However, this should not be the case. It is important to have a pilot hole. This is a great way to prepare the surface. This does not only simplify drilling, but it will also prevent damage. It acts as the guide for the placement of the screw or nail. This also prepares the surface for drilling a bigger hole. Once a small pilot hole has been drilled, you can gradually increase its size depending on your needs.

3.   Ignoring Drill Bits

The material at which you are working on will also have an impact on your choice. Wood drill bits have a small and pointed tip. Meanwhile, those intended for masonry will have a gently sloping bit. On the other hand, if it is for metal, there is a wide-angled end. Aside from the type of the drill bit, you also need to pick the right size based on the hole you intend to drill.

 

Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Cordless Drill
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4.   Selecting the Wrong Speed Settings

Depending on the cordless drill that you are using, there are pre-programmed settings. This way, you can customize the function of the power tool based on the requirements of a specific task. One of the most important is speed, which you need to match for a job. As a rule of thumb, the harder is the material that you will be drilling, the slower the speed should be. If the material is softer, then the speed must be faster. If the speed is too fast on a tough surface, the drill bit can break. On the other hand, if it is too slow on soft surfaces, the hole can be inconsistent.

5.   Ignoring the Pressure

There are different elements that affect effective drilling, and one thing that many people fail to consider is the pressure. How hard to soft you press the drill on the surface is crucial. The most important is to increase the pressure when using larger drill bit and when boring tougher materials. The added pressure will help the cordless drill to penetrate easier. Nonetheless, you should also avoid applying too much pressure as this can result in the breakage of the drill bit.

 

6.   Not Wearing Proper Protection

While using a cordless drill is fairly easy and safe, this does not mean that you should ignore protection. You don’t need an overall or respirator to complete the task. However, at the most basic, you will need goggles. This is important for your eye protection, especially if you are working on materials that generate a lot of dust. Without proper eye protection, your visibility can be affected and you might suffer from discomfort.

7.   Forgetting to Lubricate

When it comes to proper care and maintenance of cordless drills, lubrication is one of the most important. This ensures the smooth functioning of its moving parts. By eliminating friction, it also minimizes wear on the different components, including the drill bits. Lubricating the drill bits will minimize the possibility of breakage. This will also keep the drill bits cool, and by minimizing heat, the bits are less prone to wear.

Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Cordless Drill
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8.   Choosing the Wrong Place

In some cases, you have no choice but to drill indoors, such as when you are working on walls or floors. However, if there is an option, then you should work outdoors. There must be plenty of natural light and ventilation. Air circulation is important to keep you comfortable and to manage dust, keeping it away from your face and work area. If there is generous space available, then you will be generally more comfortable when drilling.

9.   Disrupting the Airflow

Like other power tools, a cordless drill is prone to heating, especially with extended use. When it heats, it will be uncomfortable. Not to mention, it will require the motor to exert more pressure to work and this can damage the internal components. So, make sure that the airflow is not disrupted. See to it that your hand or the material you are working on does not cover the air vents. Also, do not use it continuously for a duration more than what the manufacturer recommends.

10. Not Cleaning the Drill

After using the cordless drill, most beginners fail to keep it clean. The natural thing to do is to keep it back in the case. You need to clean it after every use to get rid of the residues that can harden over time. If you fail to clean it after use, the performance will inevitably decline, and it can also be a safety hazard.

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