Do one insert the drill bit fully into the corded drill before securing the bit or can there be any allowances between the drill bit and the corded drill?

(Suppose that the distance between the opening of the drill and the end of the drill hole is 8 cm. There is a drill bit that is 10 cm. If the 10 cm drill bit is fully insert into the drill, one can only see 2 cm of the drill bit. So, do one insert the drill bit fully or there is a recommended range of length that the drill bit must be visible to the eye when it is inserted into the drill?)

  • I don't like to fully seat the drill to the bottom of the chuck because sometimes the bit will slip and spin in the chuck. The head of the screw that holds the chuck on is in the bottom of the chuck and will get damaged by the spinning bit, making it impossible to replace the chuck... ever. Nowadays I guess you just throw the drill away and get a new one rather than replacing the chuck, but old habits die hard. Nov 22, 2016 at 7:16

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8cm seems rather large but certainly the insertion depth can be a significant proportion of the length of a small drill bit.

There are a few factors to consider. First think of a really small drill bit - 2mm for example. if this is sticking out a long way, it won't take much sideways force to bend the bit and, as tool steel is quite brittle, possibly snap it. It will also wander if you're starting a hole.

Now think of a reduced shank drill bit (such as a 20mm drill that fits a normal 13mm chuck. This has a shoulder meaning the maximum insertion depth is about 2cm, and demonstrates that the back of the drill bit doesn't need to be up against the chuck fixing screw.

For an in between case you can choose - I sometimes start with the bit fully in until I've got a good start (to avoid wander) and then put it a bit further out. With masonry bits used with hammer action you may want the bit to sit right into the chuck. While the whole chuck exerts the hammer force on the bit, a small insertion depth can cause the chuck to work loose especially with hammer. Some of my masonry bits have flats and a shoulder so don't sit all the way in, but still insert to a decent depth.

This all applies to cordless drills as well, but I find that with a keyed chuck I can get away with a little less drill bit in the chuck.

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