Why and How to Use a Depth-Stop - a Toolstop Guide

Your new drill comes with a depth-stop for a reason. However, many of us leave it in the box or in the back of the van. This guide from Toolstop will show you the reasons why you should be using it!

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Why Use a Depth-Stop When Drilling

Depth-stops are supplied with good quality drills for a reasons. Quite simply the enable you to drill to an exact depth! They're particularly useful when drilling holes in wood, plasterboard or masonry for fixings.

 Typically for these types of drilling applications we'll have a standard 10mm drill bit in our drill, but it's important that we don't drill too deep otherwise the rawlplug will be too deep and won't be as affective for our fixing.

Eric from Bosch explains the reasons you should be using your depth-stop on Toolstop TV, which you can watch here.

In this demo he uses the Bosch GSB18VE2Li 18V Cordless li-ion RobustSeries Combi Drill which comes with 4Ah CoolPack batteries. Click here to buy it!

How to Use a Depth-Stop When Drilling for Fixings

how to use a depth-stop on your drill when drilling for wall fixings
Once the drill bit is in the chuck, pull back the depth-stop until its positioned at the same length as the bit. We recommend taking a look at this drill bit set from Irwin if you're drilling into brick or masonry. Get it here.

using a depth-stop on drillThen take the rawlplug or other wall plug and line it up with the side handle of your drill. Mark the position of the end of the rawlplug on the depth-stop with your thumb, then slide the depth-stop back to the position you're marking your thumb.

how to set up your drill for rawlplugs
Now take the rawlplug and measure it against the end of the depth-stop; the plug should now line up with the end of your drill bit.

Bear in mind that the rawlplug - or other type of wall plug - is designed to allow the screw to protrude a few millimetres beyond the end of it so that it grips firmly into the surface you're drilling into.

You're now ready to drill, assured that the depth of the hole will be perfect for the wall plug and the screw you're using for the fixing.

If you're got any questions about getting the best from your power tools, regardless of the type of application you're preforming, let us know in the comments section below.

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