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Old 06-08-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Drilling a bigger hole in 3/16" steel

The skidplate holes on my Elite bumper aren't big enough:



Is there a best or good way to drill them out bigger? Is there a special bit for this type of job? Is there a good technique?

I have a hand drill and some experience and drilling steel. Since it is attached to the bumper, not going to be able to stick it in a press.
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The hole looks elongated... Not sure if there is any good way to drill that out. But if you just needed it drilled out for a hole you can use the correct size metal bit to drill it out. Just be careful since it'll want to grab and twist your wrist. Use some lube too, never hurts to use lube in the bit
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The hole looks elongated... Not sure if there is any good way to drill that out. But if you just needed it drilled out for a hole you can use the correct size metal bit to drill it out. Just be careful since it'll want to grab and twist your wrist. Use some lube too, never hurts to use lube in the bit
Hole at each end and file
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Hole at each end and file
Never thought of that.
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Hole at each end and file
+1, although a dremel would be faster and my first choice to enlarge the slot.
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+1, although a dremel would be faster and my first choice to enlarge the slot.
I hate Dremels
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Start drilling the hole in reverse. That way it won't grab and twist around or chip the edges of the drill bit off.
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I'm installing a Budbuilt skidplate and it has elongated holes on it. I should just be able to drill a hole on the bumper tab and the skidplate will give me the play to line everything up.

Unsure of the details but was thinking of clamping some wood or sheet metal on it to start the bit and keep it from jumping. Figured I'd ping you guys that have done more extensive fab activities.
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I hate Dremels
One steal your girl when you were younger? lol

Depends on the job, but I do a lot with a dremel.

My favorite bit:


http://www.amazon.com/SE-DW13-Diamon...l+diamond+bits
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One steal your girl when you were younger? lol

Depends on the job, but I do a lot with a dremel.

My favorite bit:


http://www.amazon.com/SE-DW13-Diamon...l+diamond+bits
Just underpowered
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your need a grinder. A dremel will work the same way. I don't recommend a drill though. It will want to catch every 90*
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Just underpowered

I agree completely Dremels are for arts and crafts projects not manley steel and iron!!

I do have one that my wife uses for her card making class!
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Just underpowered
Try these, torquey as hell:


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I have the 4000 model

Blah
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I have the 4000 model

Blah
Sorry, my link didn't have P/N. Not the dremel brand, the torqueshaft ones with foot pedal:

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