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post #1 of 7 Old 09-22-2020, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Drill related question

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I have a old Skil 542 1/2 inch drill, and I'm trying find out what type of drilling jobs this drill is good for, and whether or not it's worth keeping.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-22-2020, 04:40 PM
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speed kills .....?

The first rule of drilling metal is to keep the drill bit cool. That can be done by adding a coolant obviously, but most important is using the correct RPMs and feed rates. The larger the diameter of the bit the slower you want to spin it.

A quick web search revealed this one at $800.00.... asking .... You may want to keep yours?
http://cheappartsguy.com/view-item/10269
I was attempting to determine what the RPMs were but this 542 is variable speed. I have a 1/2" Harbor Freight variable speed I paid about $40.00 years ago. I really like it and use it often when drilling metal.


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Hi


I know that the 540 has a top speed of 500RPM's and the only physical difference seems to be the color.
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Hi AJ,

I have an old Milwaukee Super Hole Shooter that I haven't used in years. Looking up your drill motor reminded me of that old thing. I keep it partly because I am a "tool whore", and partly because if you need to drill some big 'ol gnarly holes, that will be the drill to do it with! Yours would be good for mixing things like drywall mud, mortar...things like that, and also for landscaping or carpentry work if you need to bore a hole through a railroad tie or an 8X8 post. If you don't think you need that...sell it and put the money toward something that you will use or get enjoyment out of.
Like I said, I'm a bit of a tool whore, so I have a hard time parting with stuff, and it seems like nearly every time I do, a few months later, I could have used it for some project I am working on. This is also why I have no room in my garage!

Just my $.02


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post #5 of 7 Old 09-22-2020, 08:39 PM
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I'm a tool addict also .....

The tool you get rid of is the one you'll need next. Tools just take up sapce. They don't suck up oxygen or spew out DO2, so what's the harm of keeping them around? If they still cut or spin, there's room in my shops ..... just sayin'

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Hi


Unfortunately I'm running out of room to store tools, I have a 10' x 11' bedroom I converted into my shop. I'm also a tool whore.
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you need to move the bed out into the dining room and convert more bedrooms into shop space
i mean who uses a dining room anymore?
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