Drills and Accessories for Pros
Get these drill accessories to up your drilling game on the job. With these specialized attachments and bits, there’s nothing you can’t drill through.
Concrete Screw Drill-Drive Set
Check out this great tool for anyone who drives lots of concrete screws: the Irwin 1881131 Impact Performance Series Concrete Screw Drill-Drive Installation Set. This nine-piece set contains everything you need to drive the most common concrete screw sizes: four drill bits, a drive sleeve, two hex drive bits and two Phillips drive bits. The drive sleeve makes it simple to shift from drilling to driving in seconds.
A Bit Holder for Close Quarters
The new DeWalt Pivot Holder pivots at a 20-degree angle, which works great for driving screws in tight places. This is especially handy when you can't have a spinning drill chuck marring up a surface like a door frame. The collar spins independent of the holder and can be hand-guided to keep the bit stable. Slide the collar down and you've got a regular bit holder. You'll find them online or at home centers.
Drill Anywhere, Anyplace, Any Angle
The Milescraft 360-Degree Orbiter will get you out of lots of jams. It’s a highly versatile any-angle attachment for a corded or cordless drill.
If you install a lot of cabinets and run into crazy situations where you can’t fit a drill into an awkward space. this tool can do the job! It’s built to last and is easy to set and reset with a quick-release lock in the handle.
One Handy Drill Bit
There’s nothing better than a step bit for drilling through thinner metal. It’s designed to drill incrementally larger holes the deeper you drive the bit, so you can drill several size holes with one bit. It creates a nice clean hole and doesn’t catch and kick back like a twist bit.
Electricians use step bits all the time to drill electrical boxes and circuit panels. This bit also works great to prep storm door hardware and drill large starter holes in gutters so you can cut out a downspout hole with tin snips. You can save money by buying step bits in a set.
Brush Away Your Worries
Whoever put the first magnet in a nut driver was a genius. It’s so nice to have your fasteners hold tight in the driver instead of falling to the ground. However, after a few hours of installing a steel roof or fastening steel studs, I found that metal shavings tend to plug up the driver and cling to that same magnet. DeWalt solved this problem by making a nut driver that has a magnet holder with a little plunger so you can simply brush away the shavings—it beats the heck out of picking them out with tweezers.
You can get a set of three cleanable nut drivers (DWA2240IR; 1/4 in., 5/16 in., 3/8 in.) at amazon.com.
Hole Saws Unplugged
You know how it goes. You spend two minutes drilling a hole with a hole saw and five minutes prying the dang plug out. This new little gem from Lenox Tools changes all that.
Most hole saws have a vertical slot, which is useful for getting the plug a third of the way out, but Lenox’s stepped slot actually allows you to work the plug out really fast. It’s simple but ingenious. The hole saws are available in a large assortment of sizes.
Drill Big Holes in Tight Spaces
If you need to drill holes between joists or studs but don’t own a right angle drill, these stubby boring bits are just the ticket. They’re the shortest bits (3-1/2 in.) around. Chuck one up and drill straight into the joist—no more angle drilling!
The six-piece Milwaukee stubby flat boring bit set comes with five bits (3/4, 7/8, 15/16, 1, 1-1/2 in.) and a 6-in. locking extension. Store the bit set in the soft case and snap it onto your tool bucket or belt with the included carabiner. The Milwaukee No. 49-22-0185 is available online.
Quick Draw for the Tool Slinger
If your drill hangs from your pouch by a hook clipped onto your belt, when you go for your drill, how often do you pull the hook right off with the drill? And that hook gets caught on ladders, planks, tree branches, you name it, right?
Here's something better and safer. The Bigg Lugg 2 uses a bungee ball/socket system instead of a hook. Just wrap the bungee ball around the tool, and slide the ball into the socket on the belt clip. Tools hold fast but are still easy to remove.
A Powerful Tool for Tight Spots
Milwaukee makes a right-angle drill attachment that can handle twice as much torque as most models on the market. You can use it with a spade bit or any other 1/4-in. hex-based accessory. This tool won’t take the place of your Hole Hawg, but its 2-in. profile will allow you to get into spaces where most right angle drills won’t fit. Buy the Milwaukee 49-22-8510 online.
Back-Saving Screw Gun
Does your back ache just thinking about screwing down subfloor or underlayment? Do you already own a drywall screw gun? If you answered “yes” to both questions, check out Senco’s new DuraSpin DS310 Auto-Feed System. This kit allows you to attach an extension pole and collated screw head to a standard screw gun.
The kit shown here is attached to a Senco gun, but the same setup will fit four brands and 31 models. The best part? It’ll cost you about half of what many dedicated flooring guns cost. Buy one at acmetools.com (you may also need an adapter). Go to senco.com to see if the gun you own will work with this kit.
A Drill Bit that Eats Nails for Breakfast
In no way are Nail Eater drill bits new. Plumbers and electricians have been hooked on them for years. Those guys drill thousands of holes every year, sometimes hitting nails along the way.
A Nail Eater drill bit will chew right through the occasional nail without missing a beat—or losing its edge. You’ll need a powerful drill to use one, and they’re only worth buying if you need to drill lots of holes (wiring your basement?). They’re made by Greenlee and carried by Lowe’s. The bit shown is 18-in.-long, 7/8-in.-diameter.