How to Attach a Hole Saw to a Drill

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How to Attach a Hole Saw to a Drill
Securely attach a hole saw to a drill before use. (saw image by Albert Lozano from

Projects often require that a large-diameter hole be drilled in wood, drywall and plastic. A hole saw can make this easier. Designed to be used with a battery-powered or electric drill, hole saws provide an efficient and convenient means of cutting holes. Hole saws are commonly available in kits that include an assortment of saw sizes and a means to attach the saw to the drill.

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Things you need

  • Chuck key
  • Pilot hole drill

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  1. 1

    Unplug an electric drill from the power source or remove the battery pack from a battery-powered drill.

  2. 2

    Open the chuck of the drill so that the hole saw pilot drill can be inserted. Hand-tighten or use a chuck key to secure the pilot drill is held firmly in place.

  3. 3

    Slide the hole saw onto the pilot drill. Secure the saw by sliding or latching the saw in place, depending on the manufacturer.

  4. 4

    Connect the power supply to the drill and slowly start the drill, checking that the pilot drill and saw are straight and securely attached.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a hole saw in a size that is appropriate for the job at hand. Choose a saw size such as 2- or 4-inch diameter based on the project or personal preference.

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