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Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

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    Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Just wondering if the super-high speed of the dremel would make drilling holes for safety wire easier or harder.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Best way is a Drill press with a nice holder, fresh Ti bits and some tool oil....goes like BUTTA...

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    and use a low speed

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Or you could do it with an 18v hand drill and a bunch of cheap bits from HD. Its about a 4 beer job that way.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    and let the drill do the work dont hammer it you will just break bits... as i did LOLOL

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post
    Also great for breaking glass in an emergency!

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Piggy nailed it. Low speed drill press, Ti nitride coated bits and some cutting oil. Piece of cake.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    I'm a monumental cheapskate, but even for me.. WD40 is not cutting oil.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    I found using a punch prior to drilling to be extremely helpful.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post
    Thanks, Tricky. On another note, I just posted another thread about what brand / material clutch to put in the KaTooM. Do you have any thoughts there?

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ductard View Post
    Thanks, Tricky. On another note, I just posted another thread about what brand / material clutch to put in the KaTooM. Do you have any thoughts there?
    One that slips if you can spare the loot

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post
    One that slips if you can spare the loot
    Perfect. The one I have slips just fine.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    or just forget the drill and get these http://www.probolt-usa.com/stainless...race-spec.html

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Drill'em. You'll feel better about yourself for doing it.

    Be a man for Christ'sake.

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    Jims a girl.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Don't use those special to or cobalt bits. Just get some good old bits for drilling metal. You want them to flex not break.

    Patience and slow speed and cutting oil.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by KB View Post
    Don't use those special to or cobalt bits. Just get some good old bits for drilling metal. You want them to flex not break.

    Patience and slow speed and cutting oil.

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    Any suggestions for cutting oil?

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Any of those will work just fine.
    A little X-Y vise and a drill press make the whole process MUCH easier if you have the space for it. A Bridgeport is even better.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post
    Any of those will work just fine.
    A little X-Y vise and a drill press make the whole process MUCH easier if you have the space for it. A Bridgeport is even better.
    I can speak to your experience with drilling safety wire holes. I think you drilled every bolt in that KTM - must have been a really long winter

    I think I'm going to start calling you Meticulous Mike. I don't know what you fed that bike but the guy that helped me with the top end said it looked like the hone marks were still there from the factory - that engine is like what, 12 years old?

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Solid carbide drill bits and center bits, hydraulic work holding vice with spots for 10 bolts, CNC mill programmed to drill a hole in each head. Clamp it, push the button, 10 safety wire drilled bolts!(+100k in equipment.). Just make sure to use coolant and get the feed and speed right. You want to center drill then drill with the bits.

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ductard View Post
    I can speak to your experience with drilling safety wire holes. I think you drilled every bolt in that KTM - must have been a really long winter

    I think I'm going to start calling you Meticulous Mike. I don't know what you fed that bike but the guy that helped me with the top end said it looked like the hone marks were still there from the factory - that engine is like what, 12 years old?
    Yeah, I never had any money growing up. That was the first new car/bike/etc I ever owned. It got its share of love

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ductard View Post
    Any suggestions for cutting oil?

    Amazon.com: cutting oil
    Anything that's actually cutting oil should do fine. WD40 is not cutting oil

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    Re: Drill or dremel tool better for drilling bolts?

    Quote Originally Posted by number9 View Post
    Anything that's actually cutting oil should do fine. WD40 is not cutting oil
    Word. Ordered a bottle of the dark shit based solely on cost / oz.

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