How to Remove a Broken Drill Bit


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:

  1. Place the end of a center punch in the middle of the drill bit’s end.
  2. Tap the center punch with a hammer until you create a small dent on the bit.
  3. Insert a smaller bit into the drill.
  4. Position the smaller bit’s tip right onto the dent.
  5. Drill the broken bit until it’s 1/2-inch deep.
  6. Put the cone-shaped part of the extractor into the hole.
  7. Tap the extractor with a hammer.
  8. Place the wrench on the extractor.
  9. Turn the wrench counterclockwise to let the extractor remove the broken bit.

In Conclusion

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.

For other useful information about drill bits, know how to determine their sizes.