Hand Tool Reviews – Irwin Tile and Porcelain Drill Bit Set Tool Review
Product Review Summary: The Irwin Tile and Porcelain Drill was sent to us as part of our tool reviews series in order to see if this drill bit was as effective through ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles as a normal masonry bit. We examine the quality of the drill bits and their effectiveness at drilling through tiles without damaging the rest of the tile.
A Tool Review and Demonstration of the Irwin Tile and Porcelain Drill
It was a pleasure to do this tool review as this drill bit simply glides through ceramic tile. It is sharp, strong and very effective. Using drill bits on ceramic tiles is easy with this tool.
These bits do not slip, they will drill through wherever you place them and they will do it quickly. You can see from the video that little pressure was placed on the drill itself. This is a huge advantage as it means the drill bit is very sharp and minimises the possibility of tile breakage through pushing hard down on the drill.
How to Use the Irwin Ceramic and Porcelain Tile Drills
We would recommend placing the drill on a speed of no more that 300 revolutions per minute and dropping a little water on the tile to keep the drill bit cool. This allows maximum efficiency and makes the drill bits last much longer.
Never put the drill on hammer even when using these drill to go through porcelain tiles no matter how hard they are. We did not do a test using these drills to drill through porcelain as it can usually be gauged how easy this will be from the way they drill through ceramic.
Special Features of Irwin Tile and Porcelain Drill Bits
These great drill bits also include the following special features:
Ability to drill both ceramic and porcelain tiles
Can be used at low drill speeds
Non-slip drilling action
No need to press down hard on drill
5x 4 - 10mm drill bits
The result is that we would have no hesitation in using these drills for drilling into ceramic tiles and even porcelain, albeit with a little more effort due to the density of porcelain tiles. The drill bits themselves are sharp and accurate and can be used effectively on low drill speeds. With this in mind we are more than happy to award these bits 4 stars for their performance.