Monday, 5 January 2009

Your Guide to Using a Correct Lubricant For Drilling

Drilling is a very heat intensive operation. The reason the heat is generated is because the friction between the drill and the surface of the material which is being drilled. Here are my tips for the lubrication while drilling.

This heat which is generated can cause the drill to actually get damaged and also the material to be damaged. In fact because of intense heat sometime the debris from the drilling action itself will get stuck on the surface of the drill core and hence will cause the drill to be damaged.

Enter the lubricants and the use of lubricants will help you avoid all these problems and in fact there is rarely any drilling which can be performed without the use of a lubricating medium.

The harder the surfaces the more heat they will be generating while doing the drilling and the better the lubricant that you will have to use for lubrication. For example if you are drilling a hole in a concrete surface using the diamond drill bits then you will have to use a special lubricant as opposed to just water as the both surface aver very hard and hence it will mean that there will more friction there.

The auto engine oil is the lubricant that most commonly is used when you are drilling a hole in iron type surfaces. The other important thing to remember is that you just cannot keep on drilling constantly. Make sure that you give the drill a rest every 5 to 10 seconds so that heat gets dissipated.

Water is used a lubricant as well as heat countering mechanism in a lot of drilling operations that are light in nature. The water acts as a lubricant as well as it takes the heat away from the operation. Then there is castor oil which is used in many industrial style lubricants because it has good viscosity as well as good density for it to not flow easily away from the application area.

Another thing which is very important is that while using the drill make sure that lubrication mechanism is also in order. In some cases such as drilling holes at homes if you do not have good lubricant application mechanism you can simple use the water in a beaker and use your hand to drop water at the drilling zone intermittently. For industrial use there are many special nozzles which are used for supplying lubricants to the affected areas.