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Can You Use An SDS Drill Bit In A Normal Drill?

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Can You use an SDS drill bit in a normal drill?

If you find yourself in a pinch where you’ve got to drill a hole and you just can’t get your hands on a normal drill bit, then you can use an SDS drill bit in a normal drill. 

You should keep in mind though that the drill bit is going to not fit into the chuck very tight and the chuck itself is probably going to need to be tightened repeatedly and frequently throughout your project.

With that said, do I recommend that you use an SDS drill bit in a normal drill? Absolutely not. If at all possible, you should not use SDS drill bits in your standard drill.  Not that serious damage will occur, but you’re definitely not going to be able to perform any precision drilling this way. In a pinch? Sure. Regualarly? No.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use an SDS Drill Bit In A Normal Drill

The reason you should not use an SDS drill bit in a normal drill is because the chuck on a standard drill is not designed to hold SDS drill bits.  Because of that, the drill bits can become loose.  Most likely this is going to simply result in you having to repeatedly tighten the chuck. But in some cases, it could also cause some degree of damage to your drill, your project or both.

So if you are going to use an SDS drill bit in a standard drill, be careful and watch that the bit doesn’t become to loose where it begins to wobble and slip.

What Is An SDS Drill Bit

SDS bits are drill bits that are designed specifically to be used with rotary hammer drills. SDS drill bits are designed in such a way theat they are placed into the end of the hammer drill and held in place by twisting the chuck of the drill which in turn locks the SDS bit in the collar. SDS drill bits are not held in the chuck of the drill solidly like they would be in a standard drill. Instead, SDS bits are able to freely slide up and down.

This is because SDS drill bits have 4 grooves located on the shaft of the bit that fit perfectly into the drills collar. These grooves guide the drill bit which allow it to rotate and slide up and down inside the collar of the drill.

SDS Drill bits are available in a large variety of shapes, sizes, lengths and dimensions.  All of these different sizes and types of drill bits allow for a wide variety of tasks that can be performed by SDS drill bits. 

What Are SDS Drill Bits Used For?

SDS drill bits are commonly used to chisel and break down hard materials like concrete and brickwork. They’re also used to drill holes in various types of material.

The reason SDS drill bits are so good for concrete and other hard materials is because they use a heavy-duty chuck system that allows for both a rotational and high power hammering action to move the drill bit back and forward while simultaneously rotating it.  

What Does The SDS in SDS Drill Bits Stand For?

SDS simply refers to the drill bit retention system, or how the drill bit is held in the drill itself. The initials SDS stands for “Slotted Drive System” or “Slotted Drive Shaft”. 

Are All SDS Drill Bits The Same?

No. Not all SDS drill bits are the same. There are two different types of SDS drill bits: SDS Plus and SDS Max

SDS Plus

SDS Plus bits are the most common for basic renovation and work and include standard, professional and industrial bits. 


SDS-Max bits are made for heavy-duty drilling with an SDS chuck and hammer drill. Using the wrong bit can cause damage to your drill bits, drill and the material you are drilling.

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