Removing broken drill bits can be time-consuming if you’re not doing it right. That’s why we’re here to teach you how to remove a broken drill bit.
There are two methods for the task at hand. The first one involves using locking pliers. If it doesn’t work, plan B will require a screw extractor.
Turn the locking pliers to remove the broken drill bit
Basically, the locking pliers will be your hands’ extension for a more precise handle on the bit.
After clamping the pliers on the broken end of the bit, turn the tool in a counterclockwise direction. Do this until you can fully remove the drill bit.
If it’s too hard for you to clamp the broken part, use a chisel to remove a small recessed section on the bit. The cutout’s size should allow you to clamp the drill bit’s tip with your pliers and turn it counterclockwise.
Turn the extractor with a wrench to remove the bit
Aside from a screw extractor, you also need a wrench for this method to control the removal. This process is a little tricky, so pay attention to the following steps:
- Place the end of a center punch in the middle of the drill bit’s end.
- Tap the center punch with a hammer until you create a small dent on the bit.
- Insert a smaller bit into the drill.
- Position the smaller bit’s tip right onto the dent.
- Drill the broken bit until it’s 1/2-inch deep.
- Put the cone-shaped part of the extractor into the hole.
- Tap the extractor with a hammer.
- Place the wrench on the extractor.
- Turn the wrench counterclockwise to let the extractor remove the broken bit.
Learning how to remove a broken drill bit is surprisingly easy, don’t you think? You just need to use the right tools and follow the correct direction when turning the bit.