What is a Mag Drill?
A mag drill (magnetic drill) is a drill designed to cut holes in metal. Mag drills are equipped with a strong electromagnetic base enabling it to adhere to a carbon steel (ferrous metal) surface while turned on. This allows the mag drill to be positioned vertically, horizontally or even overhead in order to drill precise and accurate holes in situations where an ordinary drill press is simply impractical or impossible to use and a regular handheld power drill does not provide the accuracy required.
A magnetic drill, mag drill for short, is a drill used to cut metal. You can use a wide variety of tooling with mag drills including annular cutters, twist drills, taps, reamers, and counter sinks.
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Magnetic drills have strong electromagnetic base enabling it to adhere to a carbon steel (ferrous metal) surface while turned on. Magnetic drills can be positioned to drill horizontally, vertically or overhead which is especially useful in construction. Be sure to secure your mag drill to the surface being drilled into, especially when overhead, to avoid drops.
Types of Magnetic Drill Presses:
- Single & Variable Speed Mag drills
- Low Profile Mag Drills
- Battery operated Mag Drills
- Speciality Mag Drills : Tube Drills, Autofeed, Pneumatic and double travel Drills
Single Speed Mag Drills:
Single speed mag drills are the most basic kind of magnetic drill. They are limited to one speed which is determined by the manufacturer of the tool, however for many drilling applications, this is enough.
See our most popular single speed mag drill:
EUROBOOR ECO 32 MAG DRILL
Variable Speed Mag Drills
Variable speed mag drills are a slightly more advanced magnetic drill. They are significantly more versatile than the single speed magnetic drill.
Due to the adjustable spindle speed, you gain finer control of the cut, leading to increased cutter service life and a more versatile tool.
EUROBOOR ECO 50T VARIABLE SPEED MAG DRILL
Reversible Spindle Mag Drills
Reversible spindle mag drills are the most versatile magnetic drill type. The ability to reverse the spindle direction allows them to be used in both cutting and thread tapping / reaming situations.
Without a reversable spindle there is no way to get the tap out of the hole whilst it is still attached to the drilling system. as the tap is threaded into the hole.
These are also the best mag drill type for countersinking.
Low Profile Mag Drills:
Low profile mag drills are designed to be used in difficult to reach places. These compact magnetic drills feature an angular gear seat leading to their small size.
EUROBOOR ECO 36 LOW PROFILE MAG DRILL
Tube style mag drills are a kind of magnetic drill that has a base designed to attach to the profile of a round tube. This allows for precise, repeatable holes to be easily be drilled into tubing.
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Auto Feed Mag Drills:
Auto feed mag drills are a type of mag drill that feature the ability to plunge into the material automatically to maintain their ideal work load.
These specialty mag drills often feature an auto return feature (with annular cutters)
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Pneumatic Mag Drills:
Pneumatic mag drills are designed for environments where the use of electric motors is out of the question.
They are powered with air, leading to a spear-free and therefore explosion-safe motor. They often contain permanent magnets instead of electromagnets.
Suitable for workplaces such as offshore, mining, oil and gas industries
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