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The Different Types of Drill Bits

Learn about the basic types of drill bits used for wood, metal and masonry.

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Metal Drill Bits

These are known as high-speed steel (HSS) bits and are characterized by their black color. More expensive, durable ones may contain cobalt or be titanium-coated. They can also be used on wood or plastic, but they last longer if reserved for metalwork.

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