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The standard drill bit is universally used for drilling smaller pilot holes in concrete, block and brick, and works seamlessly with Tapcon anchors.


The SDS drill bit is designed for heavy-duty use in rotary hammer drills without any slippage, providing productive, high-torque drilling. The carbide tip easily drives through concrete & masonry.


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How deep do I drill the pilot hole?

The drilled hole for a 3/16", 1/4" and 5/16" anchors requires a 1/4" deeper hole, and the 3/8" and 1/2" anchors require a 1/2" deeper hole. This will ensure that any dust that settles in the hole will not interfere with the Tapcon threads.

Can I use standard ANSI drill bits to secure Tapcon drill bits?

3/8" and 1/2" Tapcon anchors can use standard ANSI drill bits. 3/16", 1/4" and 5/16" Tapcon anchors require specially engineered Tapcon drill bits, which are designed with tighter tolerances than standard ANSI drill bits for maximum holding power.

What does ANSI stand for?

The American National Standards Institute is a private, non-profit organization that oversees product standards, including masonry drill bits.

Why do I need to clean the hole?

Cleaning the hole prevents any dust that settles into the hole from potentially interfering with the Tapcon threads.

Can I drill a pilot hole using a drill rotation-only movement?

Although you can drill through concrete with a carbide-tipped bit using a rotary drill only, it will take longer and significantly reduce the drill bit life. For optimal performance, it is highly recommended to drill through concrete with a rotary hammer or hammer drill in the hammer mode. It is also recommended that the drill flutes be cleared 2 or 3 times when drilling.

How many pilot holes can I expect to get out of a Tapcon drill bit?

A straight shank Tapcon drill bit can be expected to drill 60 holes minimum to a 2" depth in 4,000 psi concrete. A SDS shank Tapcon drill bit can be expected to drill 100 holes minimum to full depth in 4,000 psi concrete. The life expectations can differ based on the compressive strength and aggregate mixture of the concrete.