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Old 03-03-2011, 05:03 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, I have a lot of sinkers i bought by bulk purchase that don't have holes all the way through. I've tried to drill them with metal bits but keep breaking the bits. I'm thinking about trying a masonary bit, the head is a little bigger than the shank, might stop the lead from melting around the shank Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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Use a variable speed drill and go slow, plus use a drop or two of oil.
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I'm with him, and make sure you pull the bit out alot so that it doesn't fill up with the lead shavings!
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I did use oil and I did go slow, I think, may have to stress my patience and slow down a little more and try removing the bit more often. Thanks
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Led is very soft and has a low melting point. Drilling is difficult at best because the bit can not clean itself, it clogs, heats up, and binds. I would suggest using a heated rod of the dia you need to make a hole. It will be quick and clean.
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I use an ice pic or awl and tap it through both ways with a small hammer.Lead is really soft and drilling just doesn't work well.
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Led is very soft and has a low melting point. Drilling is difficult at best because the bit can not clean itself, it clogs, heats up, and binds. I would suggest using a heated rod of the dia you need to make a hole. It will be quick and clean.
That is the best way

Just buy a piece of 3/16" steel rod from the home center and some gloves (it will get hot) and heat the rod tip with a torch.
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That is the best way

Just buy a piece of 3/16" steel rod from the home center and some gloves (it will get hot) and heat the rod tip with a torch.
thank you, I'll give it a try on the weekend
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It'll never happen ... even with the rod cherry red, as soon as it hits the cold lead in the bottom of the hole it will transfer the heat ... similar to sticking it into cold water.
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I ALREADY WENT THROUGH THAT ALSO WITH ALL THE BREAKING BITS...BEST THING TO DO, BUY YOU A MOLD FOR THE SIZE SINKERS YOU WANT, MELT ALL THE WEIGHTS YOU CURRENTLY HAVE AND RE-MAKE THEM SO YOU HAVE A PULL PIN TO HAVE A CLEAN HOLE...I NOW MAKE ALL MY OWN WEIGHTS AND IT SAVES A BUNCH OF TIME AND MONEY...WWW.DO-ITMOLDS.COM
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BUY YOU A MOLD FOR THE SIZE SINKERS YOU WANT, MELT ALL THE WEIGHTS YOU CURRENTLY HAVE AND RE-MAKE THEM.
... Simple solution.
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It'll never happen ... even with the rod cherry red, as soon as it hits the cold lead in the bottom of the hole it will transfer the heat ... similar to sticking it into cold water.
Correct you are!!!!
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I think either way, it will make it very rough inside and chaff the line easy. I would remelt or regift it.
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I have drilled a lot of lead for years for other non-fishing applications. It is very difficult with a handheld drill but is relarively easy with a drill press and a press vise. Constant alignment is the key to success.
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