When you drill a tiny hole, you work with a tiny drill. Using a drill press or a milling machine is tricky business. You can't get good feel of your peck with a giant machine and a tiny weensy drill bit. You're just asking for broken bits with each peck. Pecking without a micro drill adapter
is just wrong. Don't do it. Here’s why.
Feel the Peck
When you use your drill press on a regular basis, you get a feel for the machine. Almost instinctively you sense every part of the entire peck cycle. The signals at your fingers transmit to the brain without you thinking. You're just conscious of keeping chips clear.
It's not the same when that drill press is outfitted with a little bitty bit. You miss out on tactile sensation. So, adapt the mill or press for fingertip control
. It’s easier not hard. Furthermore, it's not expensive. You got no excuse. It doesn't require expensive tooling. Just add on a micro drill adapter.
Now you can feel the bit and drill effortlessly. Swap broken bits for an adapter and experience every sensation in every peck cycle.
Using a Micro Drill Adapter
Modify your press or mill with the micro drill adapter and take control of every peck. Simply insert the small device in the chuck (it works with keyed and keyless chucks) and then mount it on your drill or press. Take control of the bit as the spindle is rotating. It's easy. Grab the adapter ring and begin the first peck cycle. While the spindle rotates, the adapter gives you control of the bit. Get an even faster setup if you If you really want to be slick, put your bit in the micro drill adapter before you place the adapter in the chuck. How’s that for fast setup?
Also Known As an Accufeed
Most any CNC supply shop sells these adapters. They are also called accufeeds. Like soda and pop are the same drink, accufeed is just just the same tool going around and using a different name.
Buy your micro drill adapter from The Tool Store
if you want American-made quality. You'll get double shielded bearings and a hardened pin design for extra durability. Don't be wrong. Always make your small holes with a small bit and an adapter that restores fingertip control.