Porcelain Tile / September 9, 2018 / Brousseau
The Armeg PTC Diamond drill bit range boasts diamond core drill bits that are capable of cutting hundreds of holes in all grades of porcelain. They feature thin wall continuous diamond crowns for and fast and efficient cutting and an extended life. These diamond cores are not to be confused with short-life diamond grit alternatives. Not only do these diamond drill bits cut porcelain they also cut materials such as marble granite travertine slate quarry tiles ceramic tiles natural stone and limestone.
There are some types of porcelain tiles that are quality made and do have characteristics that are vastly superior to ceramic tiles. You should always only shop for quality name brand tiles at quality tile shops to ensure that you are truly getting a quality product. Ask many questions at the tile store and ask to see as many samples as possible before you actually purchase them. Remember that many times you will be paying a premium for porcelain as opposed to just normal ceramic tiles. In many cases especially with indoor tile installations ceramic tiles will perform just as well at a much lower price.
It is not advisable to try and cool the drill bit by using an aspirator or drilling through a wet sponge these methods will not keep the drill bit cool enough and the drill bit will burn out. Set the electric drill to between 700 and 900 rpm. Make sure that the drill is in normal mode. Push the carbide drill bit gently into where you have marked the tile until you hear a cracking sound. Start drilling from a vertical position with sufficient pressure and dont stop until you hear a change in the tone of the drill. As soon as you hear the change in the tone begin to ease off.