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Drilling into concrete #5036253 03/08/19 02:56 PM
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Need to make some 5/8” holes in a concrete slab. I have a 5/8” masonry bit which will fit my 1/2” chuck on my hammer drill. What I am unsure of is whether concrete would benefit from a pilot hole or if that would negatively impact the finished hole or drilling process?


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Re: Drilling into concrete [Re: buck91] #5036266 03/08/19 03:04 PM
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I've never used a pilot hole, just from my experience drilling into cinder blocks.


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I've drilled a million holes in concrete and the thing that causes the most grief, is hitting a bluestone or a piece of rebar.,,

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As masonry drills can wander, I always use a pilot hole for accuracy and it drills easier particularly if your hammer drill is not overly powerful.


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Re: Drilling into concrete [Re: BigCahuna] #5036362 03/08/19 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by BigCahuna
I've drilled a million holes in concrete and the thing that causes the most grief, is hitting a bluestone or a piece of rebar.,,

This.


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Re: Drilling into concrete [Re: buck91] #5036376 03/08/19 04:33 PM
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Not all hammer drills are the same. I had a Craftsmen and I struggled to drill into my foundation to hang a TV. It died and I picked up a cheap HF hammer drill. That cheap HF hammer drill is way more powerful than the Craftsmen.

Although, and me an concrete drilling don't get along that well. Can't tell you how many times I've drilled the hole and need another 1/4 inch and it just won't go any deeper.


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If you need very accurate spacing you might start a very shallow hole with a smaller bit, then switch over to the desired size, but other than that no you don't need a pilot hole.

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You need a rotary hammer instead of a hammer drill.

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Originally Posted by 65f100
You need a rotary hammer instead of a hammer drill.


What? My experience is the opposite.

Re: Drilling into concrete [Re: buck91] #5036766 03/08/19 10:00 PM
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Well just finished. My 1/2in hammer drill worked great with a masonry bit. No pilot hole, just started slow and it didn't want to wander at all. Nice tight, clean bore that my anchors grabbed nicely.


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Nothing that exciting, just installed a floor anchor to lock my snowblower and genny down.


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