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02-21-2019 04:54 PM

Where might I find a 1/32 inch drill bit with a 1/4 inch hex shank?


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#1 posted 02-21-2019 05:16 PM

Do a search for hex shank drill bits.

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#2 posted 02-21-2019 05:34 PM

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#3 posted 02-21-2019 05:59 PM

I’ve never seen a 1/32. I have purchased several kits that come with 2×1/16 bits, and I snap them like crazy, I first wondered why the kits came with 2, but 2 is not enough,lol. I am guessing most manufacturers don’t make them in 1/32 since they would probably snap just looking at them. I think that hex shank leverages against or something. Because I don’t break regular bits, just the hex ones.

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#4 posted 02-21-2019 06:05 PM

For something like this, you could also consider a hand drill….

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#5 posted 02-21-2019 06:21 PM

For a 1/32” bit I usually use a pin vise and do it by hand. If you buy/use the chuck WayneC linked be sure you buy a half dozen drill bits. they’ll snap lie icicles.

Here… https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/use-pin-vice-mini-twist-drill-2366898

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#6 posted 02-21-2019 06:39 PM

I’m in agreement Bill. By hand drill, I was thinking on old egg beater style hand drill like a millers falls #2.

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#7 posted 02-21-2019 06:40 PM



For a 1/32” bit I usually use a pin vise and do it by hand. If you buy/use the chuck WayneC linked be sure you buy a half dozen drill bits. they ll snap lie icicles.

Here… https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/use-pin-vice-mini-twist-drill-2366898

- Bill Berklich

I was looking for the Harbor Freight pin vise I have. I can’t seem to find on their site, but it was cheap. Maybe they have in stores but not online. Amazon carries some too, but many are in mm, so you would be looking for .8 mm.

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#8 posted 02-21-2019 07:00 PM

A 1/32” bit is a mighty fragile piece of metal. Get more than one.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 02-21-2019 07:21 PM

The Dremel 628-01 kit includes a 1/32” drill (no hex shank) that I use in my Dremel or in a pin vise.

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#10 posted 02-21-2019 10:22 PM

I get most of my bits through Menards. they carry the Masterforce brand with the 1/4” hex shaft like this one . https://www.menards.com/main/tools-hardware/power-tool-accessories/drill-bits-accessories/masterforce-reg-black-oxide-twist-drill-bit/2523900/p-1444444249694-c-10079.htm?tid=8215151377959047842&ipos=6 they also carry assortment size multipacks in the 1/4” hex shank.

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#11 posted 02-21-2019 10:48 PM



I get most of my bits through Menards. they carry the Masterforce brand with the 1/4” hex shaft like this one . https://www.menards.com/main/tools-hardware/power-tool-accessories/drill-bits-accessories/masterforce-reg-black-oxide-twist-drill-bit/2523900/p-1444444249694-c-10079.htm?tid=8215151377959047842&ipos=6 they also carry assortment size multipacks in the 1/4” hex shank.

- WoodenDreams

Nice link.

The 1/32” size requested by the OP was not located.

Please provide a link if possible.

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#12 posted 02-22-2019 06:51 AM

+1 Any 1/32” drill bit is going to be very fragile. Buy extra!
None of the 1/4 shank hand tools will be accurate enough to prevent breaking bits that small.
Just checked both MSCDirect and McMaster, neither one show 1/32 available in hex shank? If they don’t have it, will be almost impossible to find.

Suggest using a pin vise and regular drill bit if drilling by hand. You will still break bits, but less often.
Can find tons of them cheap on Amazon. Hobby Lobby also sells a set with drill bits. Even Harbor Freight carries one, but they call it something strange – forget what now – Just ask store clerk.

FWIW – If you have trouble finding fractional drill bits that small, look for alternate sizes. A number 68 bit is 0.031, only 0.00025” smaller. Also a metric 0.8mm bit is only 0.00024” larger. If you are drilling wood, that difference won’t even be noticed. When using small diameter drill bits, number drills are most often used by machinst.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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