what's the difference between mason bits and regular drill bits?

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  1. phatj

    phatj Golden Member

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    Overheard someone saying they'd drill into a wall with mason bits cuz it causes less damage to the wall or something. I thought mason and drill bits were the same. What's the difference? And how is that applied?
     
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    Zenmervolt Supermoderator<br>The Garage<br>Elite member

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    First, it's "masonry" bits. Unless you're going through concrete or stone, you don't need them. Masonry bits are harder metal and made for drilling through, you guessed it, masonry. A regular drill bit would dull quickly since it's only designed to drill through wood.

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  3. JulesMaximus

    JulesMaximus No Lifer

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    Masonry bits are also quite a bit more expensive than regular drill bits. Not worth the money unless you actually need to drill into concrete.
     
  4. mobobuff

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    They're probably just using their masonry bits because their regular drill bits have become dull and tear surrounding material or make sloppy holes. If you're drilling into drywall or wood, you DON'T need masonry bits. Just keep sharp regular bits on hand.
     
  5. Torched

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    Masonry bits are meant for use in a hammer drill. They have a hardened beak on the tip specifically designed to drill through rock, concrete, cement, brick, etc...
     
  6. dullard

    dullard Elite Member

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    Masonry bits are often used with hammer drills, but there are also masonry bits designed for use in normal drills. Read page 2304, type 2304 and click find. Masonry bits usually have a specialized tip for breaking up or grinding masonry. They also tend to have many fewer threads per inch and wider spacing between threads to let the masonry bits out. Try drilling through masonry (plaster walls, concrete, bricks, etc) with a normal bit. It'll be dull and difficult to use after one hole. A masonry bit will last for many holes.
     
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    woowoo Platinum Member

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    Mason bits wear rings and go to secret meetings.....
     
  8. Brutuskend

    Brutuskend Lifer

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    They look different as well.

    They have little wing looking thingies on the tip.
     
  9. robphelan

    robphelan Diamond Member

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    and they have those cool license plates and emblems on the backs of their cadillacs