Tools and Equipment
Irwin Tools blows out its drilling portfolio
By Anthony Capkun
November 26, 2014 – Irwin Tools has expanded its drilling portfolio with products “intended to improve durability, ease of use and speed”, including WeldTec self-feed bits, Speedbor max speed long length bits, and flexible and straight shank installer bits and accessories.
WeldTec’s cutting edge promises improved performance and 2x the life of standard bits, and is designed for cutting in tough materials, including nail-embedded wood. The replaceable screw tip is large and durable, says Irwin; the bit has a 7/16-in. quick-change hex shank, which reduces slipping in standard chucks, and is compatible with all 7/16-in. impact drills.
Previously available in 4-in. and 6-in. lengths, Speedbor is now offered in 12-in, 16-in. and 24-in. lengths. They have a tapered, three-flute design, which promises faster chip ejection and less binding. These hybrid bits are coupled with a flute hole for wire pulling, and also sport a full screw point tip that allows the bit to self-feed, as well as a 1/4-in. quick-change shank.
The addition of wood, metal and masonry flexible and straight shank installers round out the range of drilling offerings. Other additions to the catalogue within the Installer Accessories category include: placement tool, which helps guide flexible drill bits horizontally or vertically within walls; pulling grips that can be attached to flute or shank holes for pulling larger-diameter wire or cable; flexible extensions that reach up to 12 ft for drilling or wire pulling; and hard-sided bit storage cases.