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Old 11-04-2018, 12:26 AM   #1
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Default Drilling Sleepers For Pins

Hi all,

I've got a 0.7mm (I think!) drill bit to drill holes in the sleepers before putting the pins in, however, it is far too small to fit in any kind of drill I currently own.

I've seen in various pictures and in videos people using a manual drill which looks a bit like a screwdriver, but obviously with a drill bit instead of a flathead or posi-drive.

Can anyone point me in the right direction please? Hopefully you can grasp what i'm after from my early morning ramblings!

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Old 11-04-2018, 05:45 AM   #2
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Hi all,

I've got a 0.7mm (I think!) drill bit to drill holes in the sleepers before putting the pins in, however, it is far too small to fit in any kind of drill I currently own.

I've seen in various pictures and in videos people using a manual drill which looks a bit like a screwdriver, but obviously with a drill bit instead of a flathead or posi-drive.

Can anyone point me in the right direction please? Hopefully you can grasp what i'm after from my early morning ramblings!

Thanks
Hi, you need something like this.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2X-Double...QAAOSwBDlawz4w

There are other types.
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Possible alternative is the Archimedes drill, which can be bought from about 2.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:27 AM   #4
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Track pins are suitable for drilling the hole as well. Head needs to be cut off first. Small drill bits snap easily.


You can also buy mini chucks that fit in an ordinary chuck.


I have the above suggested drills and one of these. Great tool.



https://www.amazon.co.uk/Craft-Drill...rds=hand+drill
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:35 AM   #5
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A Dremel with a drill stand would be ideal, it give a straight 90' degree hole and a with the aid of a jig the same place in the sleepers and the same spacing.....
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0012RQG...632&th=1&psc=1
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I just use the drill bit in a chuck on its own and twist it by hand. A new drill bit goes through the soft sleeper plastic in 2 or 3 turns. You also have better control on positioning and knowing when you have passed right through.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:00 AM   #7
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An archemidies drill is the cheapest easiest and cheapest option as mentioned above
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or use said drill, drill hole in the end of a dowel and glue it in at the shank end, and you have a finger twist drill,
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A Dremel with a drill stand would be ideal,


How are you going to use one of those on track laid on the board?
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Tinker you crease me up your workshop must be like the production works at Rolls Royce jet propulsion division.
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