Magnetic drilling, known as mag drills in the drilling industry, are versatile drilling techniques used in steel fabrication, machinery riggers, shipbuilding, bridge rebuilding, welding shops, power utilities and many more. They are available in various sizes. Before choosing the right tool size, diamond drilling London considers factors such as the holes’ application, depth and diameter for the material that must be drilled. Additionally, the selection of the drill is also viewed by the required drilling speed to accomplish the task.
Magnetic drilling can be used for several applications as it comes with options such as power feed, coolant bottle system, multi-speed gearbox, countersinking, arbour adapters, and pipe adapters. Due to its multi-functionality, operators choose the tool per the drilling requirement. The mag drill can be positioned vertically and horizontally, making it more straightforward for you to drill a hole in any rigid material. The solid magnetic base sticks firmly to the steel surfaces.
The easier-to-operate mag drill was designed keeping the construction industry in mind, but now it is used across all sectors to drill holes on robust materials.
Types of Magnetic Drilling
Each mag drill uses similar anatomy, but various drills are available to fit your job; whether it is needed for crawling into a cramped area or climbing up to a high point, diamond drilling Kent provides a variety of mag drilling.
Lightweight Magnetic Drilling
Lightweight mag drills fall in the 9 kg to 12 kg range, carrying power outputs up to around 800 watts. If your drilling requires ascending towers or other high points, you must keep the weight to a minimum. It is not meant for tapping. With new technology coming in, many lightweight magnetic drillings are available with variations in speed and quill-feed models.
Magnetic Drilling cum Tapping Machine
It creates a groove along the side of the hole to accommodate screws and other fasteners. It is also used for tapping as it has a reversible motor.
Magnetic Drilling Machine with Swivel Base
The swivel base enables you to adjust the drill’s position without holding it to its total weight. It rotates to left or right, and it helps the operator drill multiple holes without demagnetisation. It is instrumental when one has to drill on an overhead plane.
Compact Magnetic Drilling Machine
It is a portable mag drill which is capable of cutting horizontally. Due to its compact size, it allows operators to take it into confined spaces. This machine is equipped with powerful motors and strong LED lights along with the main pilot light.
Automatic Magnetic Drilling Machine
It is the most popular magnetic drilling machine that takes the feed automatically; thus, operators do not require a high skill level. The operation can be performed steadily, and still, it will allow you to make multiple holes at once. It has in-built overheat and overload protection which explains its popularity and rise in use.
Cordless Magnetic Drilling Machine
With advanced lithium-ion batteries, it is a cordless mag drill. The batteries can be charged internally and externally, growing the convenience of drilling in remote locations. Generally, it can make around 40 holes per charge.
Uses of Magnetic Drilling Machine
The mag drill must be positioned at a right angle to the workpiece to prevent shifting and slipping. Its clean and smooth metal surface allows the magnet base to hold onto the material more strongly.
If you notice that the material is thin, it is better to have a steel clamp on top for more robust operation.
Operators must fasten the mag drill with a safety belt to prevent the mag drill from falling if there is a power cut.
- Applications of Magnetic DrillingHeavy Engineering Industry
- Building and Construction
- Ship Building
- Maintenance Facilities
- Bridge and Rebuilding
- Machinery Rigger
- Power Utilities
- Railroad Industry
- Wind Turbine Manufacturing
- Automobile Repair Shop
- Oil Fields
- Oil and Gas Pipelines
- Tower Construction
- Special Vehicle Builds
Why use a magnetic drilling machine?
Convenient: Sometimes, the shape of the workpiece may not allow you to bring it to the manufacturer; mag drills are suitable for such situations as you can carry it to the work site.
Flexible: You can operate a mag drill in any position – vertically, horizontally or overhead.
Fast: It can cut a large diameter on the periphery by multipoint cutting geometry.
Eco-friendly: Produces a minimal amount of metal chips, and the other solid chunk can be recycled.
Generally, a mag drill lasts long even though it is used heavily. With regular maintenance, you can have a smoother operation, and overall costs will be decreased. Essential maintenance will increase the life of a mag drill.
- Regularly check the brushed motor and replace it if it is worn out.
- Inspect the cracks and frays in the cables. If you find it defective, replace it with an authorised dealer or get it repaired with them.
- Tighten all fasteners on a regular interval.
- Clean and lubricate the safety switch plunger.
- Keep the area behind the magnet clean.
- Grease slide dovetails, brass gibs, and feed gear.
Safety Instruction to Use Magnetic Drilling
- Please do not use it in a potentially explosive environment.
- If you do not have the physical, mental and motor abilities to use a magnetic drilling machine, it is advisable to use it under the guidance of a supervisor.
- Persons with heart pacemakers or other medical implants cannot use the magnetic drilling machine.
- Please do not operate the damaged drilling machine.
- Check the condition of a safety chain and the function of the switches before you use them.
- Do not leave the magnetic drilling machine unsupervised during the drilling process.
- Please ensure you do not expose the mag drill to moisture.
- Keep it away from the children.
- Low power mag drills for heavy drilling cause damage to the tool.
- If you need to repair it, only go to a qualified electrician.
- Ensure that there is sufficient light on the work site.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for lubricants and cooling the tool.
CA Drillers offers high-end magnetic drilling in Kent and London. We have competent magnetic drilling professionals who are updated with the latest cutting and drilling methods; they can carry out all types of magnetic drilling operations. We have first-rate Rotabroach drills that provide superior quality performance.
If you are searching for advanced magnetic drilling solutions, call us today on + 44 808 274 7824 or visit us online to learn more about our magnetic drilling.