PCB drill bits?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Mathematics!, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Mathematics!

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    Most PCB applications you will need PCB Milling Drill Bits.... I do not know where you are located since you do not show your location, but if you are anywhere near a Harbor Freight get these bits that I mentioned in the other post....

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    you get 2 10 packs of Milling Drill bits for PCB work, for only $4.99. They have a 1/8" shaft (.125") that fit the standard Dremmel collet.







    I am located in united states state MA but I am willing to buy online PCB drill bits. I just need a link to where I can get these drill bits or equivalent for my dremel 300 model drill.

    I am also wondering what sizes for the bits I should get or will typical use the most for PCB etching ????

    Thanks for any help a link would be great.
     
  2. Wendy

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    Check out Dan's Small Parts and Kits, as a website goes it is weird, but he has the parts. All business is done by check and post office, just like the 1980s! Excellent prices though.
     
  3. rhythmtech

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    In years past, those $20 PCB drill kits are made from resharpened drills. You have no choice over the sizes. And they're solid carbide and very easy to break. To use them well, you need a small, sensitive, high speed drill press.
     
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  7. BMorse

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    those only cost $4.99 for 2 10 packs :rolleyes:
     
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  9. Mathematics!

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    Ok , I am probably going to get the set

    Originally Posted by rhythmtech [​IMG]
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44924


    Looks like this is the set he is talking about.

    But I am also curious of what PCB drill bits are used the most, may want to get a couple extra of a particular size????

    And also just making sure the drill bits will work in my drill I have a dremel model 300 will these drill bits fit into my drill?

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    To use them well, you need a small, sensitive, high speed drill press?????????

    Thanks for all your help.

    This is the links to the drill and drill press I bought and have. Hopefully these drill bits can be used with this without any addition stuff.
    http://www.dremel.com/en-us/Tools/Pages/ToolDetail.aspx?pid=300+Series

    http://www.dremel.com/en-us/AttachmentsAndAccessories/Pages/AttachmentsDetail.aspx?pid=220-01
     
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  10. SgtWookie

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    .032" is pretty common, and pretty common to break because it's so small.
     
  11. Mathematics!

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    Ok I modified what I said in the last post I did.

    I want to make sure these drill bits will fit my drill and work properly with my drill press ,...etc

    check my last post for details on my drill / drill press ,....i.e links to the specification page etc

    If these are going to work well with my setup (without any additional things needed) then I am all set for now

    Thanks again
    Does look like a great price.
     
  12. PackratKing

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    These drills were enormously popular at National Camera [ repair school ] circa 1976 - 77
     
  13. Bernard

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    Just checked a PC bd for hole sizes, # 70- .028, #67- .032, # 61- .039; some common lead sizes: 1/8W res. .o17, 1/4W .o23-.025, 1/2W .033, 1N914 .020, IC pin .018, .1 cap .032, & if using fluted eyelets ,around .036
     
  14. Mathematics!

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    Yes, but I am curious if these drill bits will work with my dremel drill press and dremel drill model 300.

    If so I am all set and ready to order them just want to be sure before I ordered them if they will work great with my drill ...etc ?

    Thanks
    And just curious what drill bits sizes do you use the most for PCB etching.
    And if you can buy a certain size seperately from all the rest. Maybe say a pack of 5 .032" bits ?
     
  15. BMorse

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    these bits have a .125" (1/8") shaft so they will work with any dremmel.... Since these are assorted sizes, you might want to pick up 2 packs (that's 40 bits all together), I usually like to visit the store myself and take a look at them, just to make sure I do not get too many of the same sizes (they are color coded for the different sizes).

    They will work with what setup you have, you do not need a high speed drill press for it, I use them with my dremmel and I do not have any problems with the speed. I do break a lot of them when trying to drill holes by hand.... good thing they are cheap!

    Save the broken ones when you do break them, they come in handy for hand etching PCB's by hand with the dremmel, the little sharp edges work really well in tight spaces.
     
  16. SgtWookie

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    You will go through a lot of the #66 or #67 bits (around .032"). I wouldn't try drilling anything smaller than that by hand. This is the most common size that you will need.
     
  17. gerty

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    Dremmel has a chuck that accepts the 1/8" shank, they also have adaptor bushings for various other sizes. What I prefer is the drill chuck which accepts any size up to the 1/8", with that there is no need for the different inserts.
    Dremmel also make a small drill set that is not carbide, therfore they don't break as easy, or last as long.
     
  18. BMorse

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    Those adjustable chucks are not very reliable, everyone I have owned crapped out on me before too long, and the offset on it is not suitable for PCB drilling or milling since it has too much wobble. The snake attachment for the dremmel on the other hand is very stable, which is what I use as the tool holder for my dremmel when milling circuit boards...

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    As for those dremmel bits.... compare prices to one of those bits to a pack of the refurbished milling bits... They may not break easy, but they still break, but costs more in the long run....

    My .02
     
  19. gerty

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    That's odd, I have one at the house and another here at school.
    Neither has given me a minutes trouble, maybe I don't use them as often as you do.
    As for the bits, yeah I know they don't last as long, just offered them as an alternative to the fragile carbide. We use carbide here at school, and the students learn quickly about how easily they break when you aren't paying attention.
     
  20. SgtWookie

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    A collet-type chuck works the best for those tiny drill bits. 3-jaw Jacob-type chucks just aren't as accurate in their centering.
     
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