If you are planning on building with oak sleepers then you will no doubt want to know if your gear is up to it.
One important factor will be choosing the right drill bit for oak sleepers. As you will no doubt already be aware, oak is very tough and can make a fool out of cheaper drill bits.
These are the drill bits I would recommend for countersinking a screw into an oak sleeper.
I recommend these Bacho bits as they are really high quality. They fly through all different types of wood, including oak.
They are also made of high-grade steel which allows them to be easily sharpened. So although they may be expensive at first they will pay you back by lasting for decades.
The set comes with 6 bits going from 10mm up to 25mm.
No Need To Pilot
With good screws, there is no need to pilot all of the way through oak sleepers. That is why I recommend the auger bit above to just countersink the head of the screw.
So, what is a good screw? Well for sleepers Timberfix offers the best screws. You can get these into an oak sleeper with a decent drill or impact driver without needing to pilot.
The downside to these screws though is the cost. I’m not going to lie, they ain’t cheap. If the cost is just too much to handle then I don’t blame you. I have had a lot of success with these spectre brand screws.
These are a lot cheaper but are still really high-quality screws that going into sleepers without a problem.
If you want to pilot
If you do want to pilot then you will need a long, strong drill bit. I recommend this Bosch bit below. Bosch makes good quality bits, you cant go far wrong with them.
Again I recommend an auger bit here. The auger will help bring the material out of the sleeper as you drill. This is essential for drilling long holes into a hardwood like oak.