Tips for drilling tubes

Drilling holes in tubing requires the utmost precision and accuracy. The rounded surface presents many challenges and means the tube needs to be secured in place to prevent it from rotating. Even more care needs to be taken with thin walled tubes, because these are more susceptible to damage. It is better to hire an experienced specialist to do the job rather than attempting it yourself. Slipping when trying to drill is hazardous and could cause injury to the worker, as well as damaging the tube.

When you start out you should gently clamp the tubing in place, ensuring it can be held securely without putting too much pressure on it. Once it is stable and won’t rotate, you are ready to position the holes. You should do this carefully to make sure they are in the right place. Next you should tap a small indent into the tube where the hole will be drilled. This will help to prevent the drill from slipping.

When it comes to the actual tube drilling, there are two options to choose from. The first is to use a smaller drill bit first then switch to a wide one once you have made the first hole. This should make it easier to do the job. The second alternative is to use the drill bit you need from the beginning, but you will need to be careful not to exert too much pressure when you do the drilling.

Whatever option you choose, make sure you select a drill bit that is only slightly longer than you need. If you go with one that is much longer you can damage the other side of the tube if you aren’t careful.

At Multiform Tubes we can provide bespoke tubing in a wide range of different materials. We offer all kinds of services including ring rolling, cutting and bending tubes. We can offer professional tube drilling too, courtesy of our highly experienced team of engineers. We are confident we can satisfy any requirement and deliver the best tubing, regardless of the length, width, wall thickness and material.