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Forum topic by Damian Penney posted 04-03-2011 12:58 AM 968 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Damian Penney

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04-03-2011 12:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wixey digital fence xacta fence urgh

So I’m trying to attach my Wixey digital fence to my xacta pro fence but I can’t for the life of me seem able to drill through the guide bar – I think it’s made of an alien titanium alloy or something. So how on earth can I attach it?

Thanks!

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso


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matt garcia

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 02:23 AM

Have you tried a carbide drill???

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 04:15 AM

A COBALT drill bit will drill in cast iron ,stainless steel,and other hard metals
I don’t know what your guide bar,front rail ? is made of,but if you try to drill in cast iron with high speed steel bit ,it won’t do it
I have a Wixey digital fence ,on a powermatic,mod 66 with Accue Fence ,had no trouble drilling with high speed steel bit. Possibly your bit is shot

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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Damian Penney

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 05:30 AM

My bits are in tip top shape – at least until I tried drilling the rail – they are a gold color – could have sworn they were suitable for drilling metal – so cobalt or carbide is the way to go eh – okay…

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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Damian Penney

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#4 posted 04-03-2011 05:32 AM

http://www.toolmarts.com/Bosch/TI4148.html

They look a bit like this – are these softer than carbide/cobalt?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#5 posted 04-03-2011 05:38 AM

Bosch does have decent bits, I do think dreamt makes the best drill bits available from HD and Lowes. Dewalt makes a better bit then Bosch in my opinion and there certainly is different qualities of bits out there. Just figuring it might be an issue with your bit.

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bubinga

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#6 posted 04-03-2011 05:49 AM

Those bits are just Titanium coated high speed steel, just like my Dewalt bits ,they will stay sharp longer
But sounds like you need a cobalt bit witch is very differant,yes harder.and cost more, buy just the one you need

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#7 posted 04-03-2011 05:59 AM

If you can wait, you can get solid cobalt bits from ebay or amazon fairly cheap. make sure they say “solid cobalt” or “solid cobalt steel” it is a selling point, and they will absolutely tell you if they are, otherwise they are just coated.
If you are new to drilling hard metal, you may be drilling wrong, you want slow rotation and a lot of force, a drill press is best, but for a couple holes you should be fine with a cordless drill. also, never start with more than 3/16, drilling the core is the hardest part, once you get that, expanding the hole is much easier. also, lubricate, I just spay it with a little wd-40, add a drop about every 10 seconds with the little straw, dont worry if it starts smoking a little, but dont push it much beyond that, you may have to let it cool and then continue.

This is my technique, and has worked well IMHO, but Im no machinist, so if you have any doubts say so, and im sure someone on here with more machining experience will give you good advice.

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bubinga

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#8 posted 04-03-2011 06:11 AM

Ya as drewnahant said you need to go slow speed, you may have already burned up your bit,going to fast
If that’s the case you may just need a new high speed steel bit

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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Damian Penney

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#9 posted 04-04-2011 05:24 AM

So a pair of cobalt drill bits finally did the trick – thanks for the tips.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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bubinga

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#10 posted 04-04-2011 06:41 AM

Glad to here you got it- Damian
That digital readout ,makes a lot of different kinds cuts ,simple,and easy,that before where not so simple.
Repeatability is on thing I really like. I have had mine over 5 years
The Wixey WR300 Digital Angle Gauge I have makes setting Table saw Bevel angle simple
On sale at Amazon Price: $25.28 .I paid 50 bucks for mine
http://www.amazon.com/Wixey-WR300-Digital-Angle-Gauge/dp/B001PTGBRQ/ref=pd_rhf_shvl_4

Happy Ripping

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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