SDS: What is it and what is it used for?
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As people continue their DIY projects or other household ventures, many people on the Internet are starting to ask the same question. What does SDS Drill stand for? What does it do and what are its advantages? What are its disadvantages? All are a good questions and the staff here at Toolbarn.com have the answers.
What is SDS?
SDS stands for Slotted Drive System or Slotted Drive Shaft. SDS carbide drill bits was created by Bosch in 1975. Many masonry workers were having trouble drilling holes into bricks or other hard materials. So, a rotary hammer and a new hammer drill was created to drill through these materials with ease. The SDS bits slide into the chuck and enhance the hammering action of the tool. It also provides plenty of torque.
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Different types of SDS
There are three types of SDS drills. You have regular SDS, SDS Max and Spline Shank drills. We’ve already talked about the regular SDS drills, so let’s move onto the others.
The SDS Max drills are the bigger brother to the regular SDS drills. The difference is the SDS Max drills typically drill larger holes than its little brother. It also has plenty of speed and chisels very well. The one major drawback to the SDS Max is that it doesn’t have a plain drilling action. Usually, it just has two modes…hammer only or hammering with rotation.
The Spline Shank SDS Drills use distinctive drill bits that contain splines on the end of the shank. The SDS Max and the Spline Shank are very similar and the only real difference is the retainer chucks.
While the SDS drills are a great tool for the job site or around the house, there are some drawbacks. SDS drills can be expensive. Also, if you want to use standard bits, you will have to buy and adapter for your SDS drill.
While the SDS drill costs more than a regular drill, many will swear by the SDS drill’s power, speed and control when undertaking any task. Whether it’s at home or on the job, the SDS Drill is very versatile and effectively performs a number of tasks. Be sure to check out the link below to see some tools you may need and also, be on the lookout for other content from all of us here at Toolbarn.com!
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