14 Mar 2019
Wouldn’t it be great if your large mill, lathe, or jig borer could be controlled like a hand tool? CNC amps up machining to an awesome level. But, all that power, speed and automatic tool changing no longer makes the tool feel like an extension of your body. Admit it, there are times when you would like a bit of fingertip control. Like if you need to drill small holes. That’s when you really want fingertip control. Fortunately, for those times you can still get the feel of a hand tool with a drill press. A micro drill adapter gives you hand sensitive control of your drill press.
Controlling the Peck Cycle
As you already know, holes are drilled using a peck cycle. Your drill bit is like a chicken or pigeon pecking at grain. Except your drill bit is pecking at wood, metal, or plastic. Peck drilling stops swarf build up. You must peck if the depth of the hole is more than three times the width. When pecking, the drill bit goes in less than 5 times the diameter of the hole and then comes partially back out. Then you do it again. And again. And again till you reach the depth you need. The bit never leaves the work completely. It retracts the drill only slightly. This style of peck drilling is faster but it only works on long holes. It’s easy to overheat break the drill bit. And it’s easy to break the bit when drilling really small holes. The smaller the hole, the smaller the bit. The smaller the bit the more control you need.
If you’ve got a very large and extremely powerful machine but you need a little hole, you’ve got a problem. If you used a hand tool, you would automatically have that tactile sense of the peck. But your big drill press wasn’t made for that kind of operation. However, if you modify your press with a micro drill adapter you can get that kind of control. Install quickly on your drill press and suddenly you have fingertip control. You peck confidently, even when you peck at a small hole. Peck gently with finger pressure then release. It auto returns to the top of the cycle.
Get it at The Tool Company
Make sure you get the right micro drill adapter. Get it at The Tool Company. The hardened pin design avoids problems with the tool-holding collet. Doesn’t matter if your chuck is keyed or not. That’s because the “O” tapper fits both. The bearings are double-shielded, so it lasts. But don’t worry about tool life, you get a 5 year warranty. You won’t find that elsewhere.
Like everything at The Tool Company, it’s made in the USA. It’s made for The Tool Company by Sierra American Multi-Systems and they understand control. For a small hole, you need control. If you need control, install a micro drill adapter. And buy a micro drill adapter from The Tool Company.
Ever tried to drill a really small hole with a drill press or milling machine? If you said “Yes” then you already know it can be frustrating. Two pecks into the cycle and the drill breaks. Maybe you manage to keep the drill bit in one piece but you can’t achieve the right depth. Its like you are out of control.
It’s time for a micro drill adapter.
The biggest problem with drilling a small hole with a drill press is that you don’t have the feel of the tool. Any machinist worth their salt knows the right “feel” for the feed. You just can’t get that with a small drill bit on a press.
But, attach a micro drill adapter and you regain the tactile sensation you need for control. And you prevent drill bit breakage to boot.
A micro drill adapter fits into your chuck and mounts to your mill or press. As the spindle rotates, the adapter allows you to control the bit. All you need to do is grab the smooth ring and peck the drill by hand. The adapter gives you smooth, fingertip control for successful peck cycles instead of broken bits.
Set up is quick too. All you have to do is set your bit in the adapter and then place the adapter in the chuck. Now you’re ready to work.
Micro Drill Adapter Applications
Every home machinist or hobbyist has a use for small bits. Micro drills are for working with
- Pinholes for photography
- Holes in shells
- Pilot holes for scroll saw work
Need a small hole? Then you need a micro drill and a micro drill adapter.
American Made Micro Drill Adapters
It doesn’t matter if you machine for work or pleasure, you need a quality tool that with precision. Machining in general and micro drilling in particular is all about precision. You need quality tools made in America. You deserve equipment from The Tool Company.
The Tool Company only sells products that are proudly made in the USA by American workers. The Accu Feed AF 22 Micro Drill Adapter comes with everything you need to get started with micro drilling.
- It is made with a hardened drive pin design. This avoids the weakening that occurs with other designs.
- The O tapper works with all chucks
- Double shielded bearings for smooth operation and long life
- 5 year warranty
You demand the best. So order your AF 22 Micro Drill Adapter today and just get ‘er done right!