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Old 03-07-2019, 02:43 PM   #1
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I have about 55 Railroad Ties to drill for hillside stair project.

Used Rigid 9-Amp with 12" X 5/8" auger bit - has bound up several times and now leery.

Searched and found the Dewalt Right Handed with clutch/bind-up control. Heavy for me, I am an older bird. Pricey, but worth it if arm is not wrenched.

Not sure what the Right Handed does other than I can brace with legs easier.

As the Dewalt drill is about $300, could a drill press be an option? I could shove the ties in and let the press take the brunt. Is that just pie in the sky?

My 18 volt Rigid drill caved after halfway through one hole - not brushless.
I was buying with dollars in mind - also, not knowing what I was getting in to.

I have thought about placing rebar in front of the ties rather than penetrating to secure but less stable.

I am not going to mess with those ties unless I can learn about a better/safer option. I really need some advice. I hope you all might have some ideas.
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Instead of an auger which pulls itself in and is probably binding on chip build up find a bit that that doesn't have a screw tip and just push it in pulling it out every inch or so to clear the chips.
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I have never been a fan of rebar that will rust away in 3 or 4 years, I just bought 12" HDG. nails and nailed them together.
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Used creosoted railway ties can be nasty on bits. I agree with not using an auger bit. A spade bit lets you control the speed of the feed. This should also extend the life of your battery but doing a large number of holes will suck the soul out of any cordless. I'd used a corded drill. Negative on a drill press - that just seems like a whole lot of unnecessary handling.
I've never had any problems using rebar but, then again, I've never lived in a house long enough to test their longevity. The problem with using HDG spikes is you need something to pound them into.
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Used creosoted railway ties can be nasty on bits. I agree with not using an auger bit. A spade bit lets you control the speed of the feed. This should also extend the life of your battery but doing a large number of holes will suck the soul out of any cordless. I'd used a corded drill. Negative on a drill press - that just seems like a whole lot of unnecessary handling.
I've never had any problems using rebar but, then again, I've never lived in a house long enough to test their longevity. The problem with using HDG spikes is you need something to pound them into.
You bury the first one mostly in the ground and make sure you have drainage behind it.
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Maybe something like these Irwin 3 flute drills with an extension. You wouldn't have that full length, full diameter drill body to bind up on you. I would still peck drill with frequent retractions to clear chips. I don't think you need more HP or leverage, just the right drill and technique.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/IRWIN-SPEED...Bit/1000251421


You would almost never use a lubricant with wood, but RR ties with its tar like treatment, it might be something to consider. Not a liquid, but possibly wax or a spray on dry lub might help.
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You an old shipwright? Actually, I keep having to do a double take at your profile - my brain keeps seeing 'retired farmer'. Dyslexic is guess.
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You an old shipwright? Actually, I keep having to do a double take at your profile - my brain keeps seeing 'retired farmer'. Dyslexic is guess.
50 years ago they were still using those to drills hole in power poles to bolt on the cross arms. My dad had a few different sizes. The neat one is the one the boom man used to drill 3" holes in a boom logs ( logging)


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I bought makita combination rotary hammer but it also chips/scrapes. Model hr2641 and 8 amps. SDS plus/sds bits (NOT sds max). There are also rebar driver bits and wood drills which I plan to get.

About 10 yrs ago I replaced the retaining wall with 6x6 pt and used just the drill, also makita hammer/drill and drove the 1/2" rebars with 5lb hammer.

Above rotary hammer is only about $200 at homedepot and a grinder is included.
So far I only used it to scrape away concrete slab for tile repairs but the capacity is amazing where before I used just a chisel and hammer.
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I use a Bosch RH540M for driving 8' ground rods, never tried it but I think the same hammer attachment would also work on 1/2" spikes.
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I saw driver bits that are 1/2" and 3/4 tubes. I thought 1/2 first but decided on 3/4 because some rebar ends are bit curved or has a bit of steel left over. Is the 1/2 driver exactly 1/2" diameter?
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The Hammer attachment I use is sized for 5/8 and 3/4 ground rods. But my rods are always 5/8, so there is plenty of slop between tool and rod. Doesn't seem to matter much. I have also used it with 1/2" rebar stakes. Worked great. Much easier than pounding them by hand into the compacted gravel area I was working at the time.
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A heavy duty cord drill from the local tool rental company will do the top and be sure it has a side handle for your other hand and avoid a drill with a D handle as it will trap you hand is it catches and starts to spin.

Where people go wrong is in using an old-fashioned drill bit or hole cutter whose design dates back 100 years when there are alternatives. Instead of a standard ship augur use one the spiral bits like the WoodOwl Tri-cut bits, that have large flukes to clear out the cuttings and far less contact area with the material being cut and far less likely to bind while drilling.

Similar gain with a modern large tooth hole cutter like the Blue Boar Mega TCT where there is not contact with the material by the inner or outer sides of the wall of the hole cutter and no sidewall friction to overcome. I can cut 6 inch holes in 1-1/8"plywood subflooring with an 18v cordless drill using these modern hole cutters.

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I don't think I would use any battery powered drill with an auger bit. Too much drag. If I were doing a bunch of holes, I would be using something like a Hole Hawg, or similar right angle 1/2" drill. Just hold on for the ride
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