Hitting the Core of it All: A Beginner’s Guide to Magnetic Base Drills

Magnetic Base DrillsWhat is a Magnetic Base Drill?

A magnetic drill is a specialised and portable power tool that bores holes into steel and other sorts of metal surfaces. Workers commonly refer to these as mag drills, portable base drills or portable drill press.

What Sets a Mag Drill Apart from Your Usual Handheld Drill?

The PowerPac Group discusses what makes magnetic drills special. The provider of engineering and construction tool and equipment in New Zealand states how mag drills are ideal for drilling thick sections of durable metals. An electromagnet on the base of the drill holds the steel profile in place, allowing a continuous drill feed rate and a pristine, straight hole.

Mag drill use depends on different factors, such as the following:

  1. The diameter of the hole you intend on making
  2. The depth of cut (DOC)
  3. The thickness and strength of the metal you intend to drill into
  4. The work environment and amount of space in your site or shop
  5. The usage requirements

What are the Uses of a Mag Drill?

Mag drills ease time-consuming work. As an example, manoeuvring a heavy steel pipe and bringing it to a stationary drill press or workshop can be tasking, but a mag drill allows you, through its portability, to work on the material instead.

Here is a list of the various applications, among the many others, wherein you can use a mag drill:

Given the range of applications wherein you can utilise a mag drill, there are certain things to consider before you start boring holes into surfaces such as magnet adhesion.

Mag drills have to magnetise to a solid and smooth surface for it to attach properly and avoid slippage. The strength of a mag drill is relevant to the thickness of steel. It has to have a thickness of at least 3/8, or else the magnet won’t hold well at all. Coatings and layers of paint, along with chips, dirt or grease, as well as curved surfaces will reduce its holding power.