What's the Best Way to Clean Drill Bits?

2023-04-14 21:35:41 By : Ms. Kathy Huang

Get yourself a small wire brush.

Twist bits are easy to clean with a small brass wire brush. If you notice buildup, simply scrub the flutes clean. I go one step further: Every time I use my drill, when I'm done I brush the bit clean and lubricate it with some 3-In-One Dry Lube. Drip some dry lube on the bit as you turn it slowly. It goes on as a liquid and dries in seconds. Use a paper towel to catch the excess, then turn the bit through the paper towel using your thumbnail to press the towel into the flutes. When you're done, allow the lubricant on the towel to evaporate, then burn the towel or soak it in water before throwing it away. Never put oily paper towels into the garbage. Cnc Router Bit


This story appears in the September 2017 issue of Popular Mechanics.

Roy Berendsohn has worked for more than 25 years at Popular Mechanics, where he has written on carpentry, masonry, painting, plumbing, electrical, woodworking, blacksmithing, welding, lawn care, chainsaw use, and outdoor power equipment. When he’s not working on his own house, he volunteers with Sovereign Grace Church doing home repair for families in rural, suburban and urban locations throughout central and southern New Jersey.

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