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What Drill Bit For Engineering Brick?

Engineering brick is tough stuff and if you have the unfortunate task of drilling through it then it can be a hard task. To make it as easy as possible you need to have the right tools for the job. This means the correct drill and just as importantly the correct drill bit. So what is the best drill bit to use for engineering brick? Let’s have a look and find out.

SDS Drill

To start with you really want to be using an SDS drill for this rather than a regular combi drill. This is the kind of task that SDS drills were created for, and you will find the job much easier if you do have one.

Along with an SDS drill comes SDS drill bits. Because of the way an SDS drill works it only takes specially made drill bits. These bits have channels where ball bearings can run, forcing the drill bit backwards and forwards. It is this design that allows SDS drills to be so good at drilling into really tough materials.

The Right SDS Drill Bit

Even with an SDS drill, it is important that you get the right drill bits for your drill. Even an SDS drill can struggle into engineering brick if you have the wrong drill bits. As I have said a few times on here before I usually recommend Bosch bits.

They have a good mix of affordability and price. They are always really good bits but don’t break the bank on pricing. It is for this reason that I recommend this set of Bosch SDS drill bits below if you are in the market.

SDS Concrete Bits
Bosch Professional 5-Piece SDS Plus Drill Bit Set
£19.77 (£3.95 / count)
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Using A Combi Drill

So an SDS would be perfect, but what if you just have a regular combi drill and don’t want to go buying an SDS just for this singular job? Well, I will say it is possible, but you will need patience and a high-quality drill bit.

What I Use Everyday!
Bosch Professional Multi Construction Drill Bit Set
£14.58 (£2.92 / count)
  • Up to 5x more precise than a standard drill bit
  • Accurate drilling is easy with patented Bosch Centering Geometry
  • Hex shank for maximum power transfer in standard three-jaw drills and hexagonal drill driver chucks
  • Ideal for drilling holes into multiple materials Can be used in impact mode on concrete and stone, and on rotary setting for brick, tile, sheet metal, wood and plastic


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These multi-material bits have come highly recommended to me for going through engineering brick. I do have a set of these bits but I must admit I have never used them in tough brick as I own an SDS so it really wouldn’t make much sense.

If you are going to drill through engineering brick with a regular drill I would recommend these bits and also recommend using a small bit first. What you should do is use a smaller bit to make the first hole.

The smaller the drill bit the easier it will be for the drill to do. Then once the smaller bit has already punched a hole in the brick you will find it much easier to go through with a bigger bit.

Sam Wood

Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!

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