drill bit for pole


I need to drill twelve 1/2" holes through 8" marine treated poles/pilings in order to mount a boat lift. I'm hoping that my regular 3/8" corded drill will be adequate. Should I use a spade or auger drill bit for this?
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Arden wrote:

Yes...
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Use the auger bit as it will eject the sawdusr better.
Ed
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many moons ago I worked one summer for a pier & dock building company; we used air-powered drills (working in the water, you know) and auger bits.
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Arden wrote:

I would not ue a spade bit.
This is a job for an auger IMHO.
Lew
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What's wrong with brace and bit? ...just like granddady used to do it.
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While the bit will work if it is an auger bit, the brace does not fit any 3/8" drill that I know of. Personally if I was going to drill almost 100" in depth I would prefer the power of a corded drill over that of a brace and me supplying the power.
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Arden: I went to harbor freight and bought an air operated drill for this same project. I didn't like using a 120 volt drill with my feet hanging in the water and batteries on the 12 volt ran out too quick for efficient use. Leo.
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Definitely use an auger bit with a threaded screw drive on the end. After one hole with the spade bit your arm will probably fall off.
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Get something like a Greenlee NailEater electrician's auger bit. They make rough holes but that should be fine for bolts. You can dress the leading edges of the auger with a small file if they get dull.
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Thanks for all of the helpful advice.
I had actually given a quick try at this already with a spade bit and an anemic corded drill and was afraid that I wouldn't live long enough to finish all of the holes. I'll definitely buy an auger bit.
I was already thinking about the electric shock hazard (esp. for the two poles which are not adjacent to the dock). The pneumatic drill sounds like a good idea, but I don't presently own one. Hey, perhaps this is a good excuse to buy another tool!! Is a high speed drill, or a low speed (higher torque) drill more appropriate for this task (I'm a novice at at this)?
I already own an assortment of air wrenches (ratchet and impact); it seems a shame that I couldn't somehow easily adapt one of these.
Thank-you!
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| Thanks for all of the helpful advice. | | I had actually given a quick try at this already with a spade bit and | an anemic corded drill and was afraid that I wouldn't live long enough | to finish all of the holes. I'll definitely buy an auger bit. | | I was already thinking about the electric shock hazard (esp. for the | two poles which are not adjacent to the dock). The pneumatic drill | sounds like a good idea, but I don't presently own one. Hey, perhaps | this is a good excuse to buy another tool!! Is a high speed drill, or | a low speed (higher torque) drill more appropriate for this task (I'm a | novice at at this)? | | I already own an assortment of air wrenches (ratchet and impact); it | seems a shame that I couldn't somehow easily adapt one of these. | | Thank-you! |
You have had lots of advice, but, nobody has mentioned a "ship's auger". What you want to do is exactly why they were invented centuries ago. I have a 3/8" and 1/2" that I needed for just such a task. They come in big bore sizes and all have up to a 3 foot shaft. You might be able to find one that is big enough and fits a 1/2" drill.
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Arden wrote:

This is a perfect excuse to buy a brace and the ship's augur to go with it.
Check out Jamestown Distributors.
SFWIW, the only thing I buy at harbor Freight are consumables, not good tools.
Lew
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When I was doing antenna work using treated utility poles, I had a gas powered half inch drill and auger bit to set the step pegs. Keep a firm grip....
Craig

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If the utility pole is horizontal, it's a whole bunch easier. Since these are already installed in the vertical position over water, the torque reaction could be interesting if standing in a boat while drilling. The drill should be running in the 300-450 rpm range for this work. Due to the chip generation, the bit should be removed at least once to clear it, rather than just punching through in one pass.
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I had to drill about a dozen or so holes thru 12" pressure treated lumber - bought a 20" long spade bit and went to town. Got about 6 of them done w/ my cordless then my coreded took over.

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Obviously a spade bit will work but it is not self cleaning and the hole will clog then the holes are deep and gravity will not clean the shavings.
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Arden wrote:

Use what linemen use when drilling thru telco poles, auger with a long shaft
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Rent a Hole Hawg and get a 17" ship auger bit. You will let all the smoke out of that 3/8" corded drill.
On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 02:41:14 GMT, EvoDawg

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