Im in need of a custom counterbore/drill and was wondering if anyone on here could lend some insite. I basically need a 13/64 drill that steps up to a 17/32's so I can drill the counterbore all in one shot and save some time.
I know they sell "drill rod" but its just sold round.. Is it possible to buy rod that has the flutes twisted into it already that I can machine to what I want and harden it? It's only being used in aluminum. Other then having someone make me one which I'm assuming won't be cheap, what are my options?
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You could make a flat drill from solid HSS round tool bits, grinding the flat part to form a flat drill with the step in, then if'n you have access to a cutter grinder, grind the flats to the diams of the two steps you need.
Alternatively, just take a couple of regular 17/32" drills to someone who does cutter grinding and get them to grind down the end to 13/64" diam for the length you need to do the drilling op.
You may save time drilling in one op, but you do need the volume to justify the expense of a composite tool....they're also very expensive to resharpen.
It's probably simpler to have two drilling machines side by side and mount the part to be drilled in a jig if required and drill it in two ops using regular off the shelf tooling.
I know this is an old thread, but I thought I would look some things up for my brother-in-law. He owns a family run business named Spie Tool outside of Chicago (Schaumburg). They have been around for a number of years, and are known for their quality drill bits, reamers, taps, and custom bits. Their website sucks (it is only 2 pages), but it does have their phone number on it if you are looking for custom bits. Then let him know that his brother-in-law Craig sent you...maybe he'll even give you a discount (I think he likes me, so it shouldn't hurt your case :-)
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