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Is Your Paper Drill Burning Your Paper? Solutions Found Here!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Paper Drill MaintenanceIf you drill stacks of paper per day, you may have run into some rather hot issues. The problem many people find is that once they begin drilling paper, using a hollow spindle drill press, their paper drill (found here) may begin to start generating smoke or they may begin to smell burning wood. There is a reason for this and a rather simple solution. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

Paper drills use special drill bits for drilling through paper. These bits are hollow, allowing drilled particles of paper to travel up the shaft into a repository. These bits are made using special alloys that are designed to increase the sharpness and the longevity of a drill bit. One byproduct, however, of drilling paper over and over is heat. While the bits are designed to help channel heat, much like a heat sink, they will eventually succumb to friction.

What happens is as the bit spins through the paper, often at hundreds to thousands of revolutions per minute, friction begins to generate heat. This heat can get hot enough to generate smoke and will sometimes even begin to scorch the paper. I have seen drills cause the holes to turn tan to even dark brown from scorching. Have you ever seen someone start a fire using a bow and stick? It is the same concept. So what can be done to decrease the heat?

Two things cause paper drill friction-based heat. Heat is generated on the sharp rim of the drill bit by friction generated by cylindrical walls of the bit. There are two things you can do that will almost always cut down on heat and return your drilling back to normal.

Eliminate Paper Drill Bit Heat:

Paper Drill Bit SharpenerStep 1 – The first thing I recommend doing is sharpening the drill bit. As the sharp rim of the bit dulls, it begins to generate a lot more heat. Luckily there are many drill bit sharpeners out there that will help you easily re-sharpen the bits without having to buy a new one. At ABC Office, we offer 5 different paper drill bit sharpeners found here.  The sharpener you use will depend on the style of drill bit you are using and how often you sharpen the drill. Some feature tabletop designs where others are simply held in your hand. Most paper drill bits can be re-sharpened over and over without needing to be replaced.

Drill Ease Wax Sticks for Paper DrillsStep 2 – The second thing I recommend is using drilling wax. This wax goes by the name Drill-Ease wax and it is extremely cheap. You can buy a Drill-Ease wax stick (made by American Grease Stick Co.) for just $3 at the time of this article. This wax is applied to the drill bit and quickly reduces heat by a huge factor. You can find our AGS W171 Drill-Ease wax lubricating sticks here.

Following these two steps will eliminate smoke and smell from your paper drilling operations. It will also help product clean and professional results every time. If you still have questions about paper drills, please contact one of our Paper Drill Specialists at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of paper drills here and drill bits here.

Extend The Life Of Your Paper Drill

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Manual Single-Hole Paper DrillPaper drills, as is the case with corner rounders and paper cutters, will eventually become dull over time. There are a few things you can do to extend the life of your hollow paper drill bit. These tips don’t cost a lot and will easily make up for themselves over time.

To begin with, drilling paper creates a lot of heat. This heat can cause premature dulling in a paper drill. One great way to cut down on this heat, and keep your paper from being burned, is by using drilling wax. We specifically offer drill-ease wax found here.

Another great way to cut down on heat is to be gentler with the drill. This applies more to manual paper drills. Rather than pressing down on the manual paper drill with a lot of force (creating heat), let up on the pressure and allow the drill cut through the paper naturally. You usually only loose a few seconds, but heat is dramatically cut down.

Paper Drill Bit SharpenerAnother tip, that very few people are aware of, is that paper drill bits can be re-sharpened. Rather than throwing away that dull bit, simply sharpen it back up. Our paper drill sharpeners come in a variety of different designs and styles, depending on your preference. You can find our paper drill bit sharpeners here. If your drill can no longer be sharpened, we offer new paper drill bits here.

If your paper drill is damaged, it may be fixable. Contact our Service Department at 1-800-658-8788 and check to see if your paper drill can be repaired. There may be a simple part replacement that can give your paper drill a new lease on life.

If your paper drill is irreversibly damaged, or if you simply need a new machine, we offer a great selection of single and triple hole paper drills here. This includes manual, electric and pneumatic designs.

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