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I am currently in Afghanistan, and I figured what better way to make use of my downtime here than putting more than the table top quality effort into my new eldar army? Last night while drilling my striking scorpions I broke two bits on my pin vice on top of spending what seemed like an inordinate amount of time for each hole. I only have one left and if it breaks a replacement will take at least a week to get here. I searched the internet and could find no advice/instructions on how to best use one of these devices (well there was one but the internet filter here blocked it). So the questions are, how much pressure? How easy should it be drilling? What might I be doing wrong? Thanks for any advice you can offer, Artyle
If you put too much pressure on the bit, it will dig in too much and the torsion will shear the bit. Try less pressure on the pinvice, and allow it to take its time. DiW has a good point; a drill spins faster meaning the bit doesn't have the chance to dig in as far in a rotation.
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Take it easy, it's a delicate tool. You'll definitely need to use some pressure, but the bit should do most of the work - if you find yourself actually *pressing* on the drill, you're likely going at it too hard.
Drilling through metal shouldn't be a really quick process, but it shouldn't take forever, either - so long as you're producing decent shavings and not spending more than a few minutes on a hole, you should be good.
Most importantly of all? Be very, VERY careful not to change the angle of the drill once the hole starts. The slightest sideways bending force from the drill wobbling relative to the work piece can snap a tiny bit like that in an instant. Keep everything in a nice straight line.
Thanks wraith, you'd think they'd come with at least rudimentary instructions. The drill advice is good, and I have a dremel that I love, unfortunatly space in my bag was at a premium and the pin vice is much smaller.. though I do regret it now.