TiN coating

I ordered some replacement drill bits this week. I’ve still not really mastered regrinding bits and given my shed time is a bit limited it seemed better to just buy replacements and use the old bits for some project requiring HSS rods.

Given that I did not want to order a full set or a pack of 10, I ended up ordering a 7mm in HSS but 8.5mm with a TiN coating, I also got some HSS taps. This combination gave me the cheapest order and allowed me to get all the bits I wanted from one supplier.

This is the first TiN coated bit I’ve owned so it will be interesting to see if it performs better than the others. Given that it was over twice the price of the regular bit, I thought I’d investigate what the difference was.

TiN is Titanium Nitride, a compound of Titanium and Nitrogen which forms a very hard crystal. It has some great properties for a coating in that it bonds very well to the steel drill bit, is very hard and has low friction. It’s applied as a very thin coating to the steel and has a gold colour.

Apart from the price, I can’t see any disadvanages of the TiN coating. The coating means that if you regrind or reshape the bit then the coating will be removed from the cutting tip. However you should not need to regrind these as often as a HSS bit. Although the material has a higher high melting point than steel it does oxidise at 500ÂșC, but I can’t seen how you’ve generate that by drilling!

I’m not sure the size is a particular bit that I’ll use very often (it’s tapping size for M10 bolts) but I’ll let you know how much it got used before it goes blunt. I’ll also be considering getting some more of these if I have to work with any hard materials.

References

Brycoat – Advanced Metallurgical Coating
DaNa Project Materials Knowledgebase
Wikipedia

3 thoughts on “TiN coating

  1. Anonymous says:

    do you offer a drill regrinding service??

  2. I do have a grinding jig but I’m not quite worked out how to use it to get reliable results. However, I have an increasing number of bits to practice on. The 7mm one would be a good one to try with as it’s big enough so you can see what you are doing.

  3. Keith says:

    I have had several types of drill grinding jigs over the last forty years all of which have gathered dust as I blunted a series of drill bits. I fear drill regrinding has gone the way of saw resharpening. I have a saw setter and file should you be interested.

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