How to Cut Metal With a Drill

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How to Cut Metal With a Drill
Learn how to safely cut metal with a drill. (metal image by Mike Phillips from

Cut metal with an electric drill and some accessories for the drill. Shears are an accessory for electric drills which facilitate cutting through sheet metal. Another accessory would be a circle cutter. Shears are recommended as they are more versatile. Read the manuals of your equipment and handle everything with care. Safety cannot be stressed enough. If you are dealing with something that can cut through metal, just imagine what it can do to your hand or fingers.

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Things you need

  • Drill manual
  • Drill
  • Drill-mounted cutting shear
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety leather gloves
  • Metal deburring tool

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    Attach the shear to your drill. Unfortunately, each manufacturer has a different way of securing the shear to the chuck of the motor of the drill. Therefore, read your manufacturer's manual for assistance. There is an "arm" that will hold the shear to the body of the drill. However, different manufacturers have different arms.

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    Press the drill trigger. Carefully, look at the shear blades to see that they are operating correctly. The blades should be oscillating in a smooth fashion.

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    Put on your safety glasses and leather gloves. Carefully place the sheet of metal in between the jaws of the shear. Safety is always the most important aspect. Handle everything with care and respect.

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    Press the trigger of the drill. With the trigger still pressed, pull the handle of the electric drill down towards the metal. Handle with care.

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    Tilt the drill from left to right to find which angle cuts the best for the shear blades. You will know when you have reached the best angle when the blades cut the metal easily. Remove the deformation of the metal (known as the burr) with the metal deburring tool.

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