If you’re like me, your Kreg Pocket Hole Jig gets a lot of use. Which means the pocket hole drill bit gets a lot of use and drill bits don’t last forever. Today I’m sharing 3 signs it’s time to replace your pocket hole jig drill bit.
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I use my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig for nearly every furniture project I build, so it only makes sense I would eventually have to replace the drill bit. When I was filming the pocket hole plug cutter video (I love the plug cutter – it virtually makes pocket holes disappear!) I noticed it might be time for a new drill bit. Here are the three signs it’s time to replace your Kreg pocket hole drill bit.
3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Pocket Hole Drill Bit
Check out the “It’s Time To Replace Your Drill Bit” video!
Cuts Like a Knife
If you drag a new Kreg pocket hole drill bit across a balloon, the drill bit cuts the balloon like a knife. If you drag a worn Kreg pocket hole drill bit across a balloon and it doesn’t pop, your dill bit is dull. It goes without saying a sharp object cuts better than a dull one. It’s time to replace you’re Kreg pocket hole drill bit if it doesn’t pop a balloon.
Pull Not Push
When you drill a pocket hole with a new Kreg pocket hole drill bit, the drill actually pulls itself through the workpiece and will be cool to the touch. When you drill a pocket hole with a worn Kreg pocket hole drill bit you may have to push the drill through the workpiece and the drill bit will be hot to the touch. It’s time to replace you’re Kreg pocket hole drill bit if you have to push your drill through the workpiece.
Drill a pocket hole with a new Kreg pocket hole drill bit and you’ll see the edges of the pocket hole are clean and crisp. Drill a pocket hole with a worn Kreg pocket hole drill bit and you may notice the edges of the pocket hole are “fuzzy” or jagged and the hole itself may appear chiseled. It’s time to replace you’re Kreg pocket hole drill bit if your pocket holes are fuzzy or jagged.
Sharpen Rather than Replace
There is another option to replacing your drill bit. The Kreg Company offers a drill bit sharpening service. For about the price of a cup of coffee, you can send them your drill bit, they’ll sharpen it up as good as new and send it back to you.