09 Best Drill Bits For Concrete and Rebars

When we need to drill concrete, we need a special drill bit which is withstand to high impact force and resistance. Concrete consists of aggregate, cement, and rebars. When we need to drill concrete and rebars we need a special drill bit. So let’s see what are those drill bits for concrete and rebars with considering all the other factors you should know.

So let’s see, what you should know before selecting a drill bit. We can drill concrete and rebars separately as well as together. So let’s see, how we can do it.

How to Drill Concrete and Rebars Separately?

Concrete is a high-hardness material that can be drilled with one drill bit or two drill bits when drilling a slab with a metal frame such as an iron wire. Concrete can be strong under compression but has poor tensile strength.  In order to increase the tensile strength of the concrete, rebars are used.

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So obviously, the hardness of concrete and steel is different. The types of concrete used in different constructions are different. Accordingly, the hardness also changes. Rebars of various diameters are available for purchase on the market.

The levels of hardness are as follows.

Application of ConcreteHardness (PSI)
Nuclear Plants≤8000
Bridges60000-8000
Roads4000-6000
Sidewalks, Parking lots≥3000
Concrete Strength and Usage

Introducing steel wire into the concrete in the form of a wire mesh slows down cutting or drilling and prolongs the life of the blade or bit. Concrete-containing reinforcing steel costs more to cut.

The hardness of rebar with the highest carbon content is 290.0HRC and the hardness value of rebar with the lowest carbon content is 232.2HRC. The minimum standard hardness of the rebar is estimated at 13.48HRC.

So let’s see, how to drill such concrete separately.

First: Use a Concrete Drill Bit For Concrete Drilling

Concrete can usually be drilled using a hammer drill or rotary hammer and a masonry drill bit.

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First step

  • First, determine where to drill the hole or holes in the concrete. Mark the area or places where the holes should be.

Second step

  • If you are using a cordless drill, it must be fully charged. If you are using a corded drill, it should be easy to set up.

Third step

  • After that, insert a carbide or diamond-tipped masonry drill bit into the hammer drill. Loosen the drill wheel, insert the drill bit into its end, and tighten the drill wheel back up.

Fourth step

  • The drill bit should be directed directly at the marked locations on the concrete and activated. Slow drilling should begin.

By drilling slowly, the marked area can be drilled slightly, and the concrete can be subjected to rapid drilling with high pressure.

Second: Use a Rebar Cutter For Cutting Inside Reinforcement

A rotary hammer drill bit cannot go through the rebar. Therefore, load to the rotary hammer drill and use a rebar cutter drill bit with the same diameter and drill until it passes the rebar. After that, unload the rebar cutter drill bit and continue drilling using a rotary hammer drill. According to the appearance of the rebar cutter, it can be used for cutting and bending metal.

Features of rebar cutter

  • Tungsten carbide tipped teeth.
  • Relief hole for slug removal.
  • The spiral flute removes debris fast.
  • SDS plus shank

How to Drill Concrete and Rebars Together?

Using two different drill bits in two situations can be introduced as an efficient measure. Therefore, by using a drill bit with high hardness, a hammer drill that can do the work of drilling with the high torque of the SDS type can drill concrete as well as rebar.

The tip of the SDS plus drill bit with 4 cutters should be centered and aimed at the place to be drilled. Drilling should not be stopped if a rebar is encountered during drilling. The applied torque can be increased to complete the drilling.

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Use a Carbide Tip Drill Bit

  • If the cross-sectional area of ​​concrete is 1% steel, blade life is shortened by about 25%.
  • A concrete slab with 3% steel can reduce its lifespan by up to 75%.

So, suitable drill bits:

  • SDS plus drill bits with masonry carbide tips
  • SDS max drill bits with masonry carbide tips

Those drill bits have the robustness to last for a long period of time.

The two-cutter design of the tip of these bits can be used efficiently when drilling only concrete.

But if you want to drill rebar after concrete drilling, the four-cutter design is suitable. Also, the tip of the drill bits suitable for cutting the best rebar in the world should be made entirely of carbide.

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Our Top Picks Drill Bits for Concrete and Rebar Drilling

1. Bosch HC5071

NameBOSCH HC5071
Rating4.7 Out of 5; Rating – 1504
Available Sizes1″, 1 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/8″, 1/2″, 1 3/4″, 1 3/8″, 3/4″, 2″, 3/8″,
5/8″, 7/8″, 9/16″, 11/16″, 13/16″
Length13″, 21″, 29″, 36″

BOSCH HC 5099 Drill bit is highly designed for the SDS max drill bits that can drill both concrete and rebars together. Its material is carbide and alloy steel mixture. Due to the carbide and Alloy material, it can withstand higher hammer function as well as its durability is longer. Due to the centric tip, it can drill through the hard material with higher accuracy. Inclined side cutters will provide aggressive fast cutting into the material.

2. DEWALT DW5820

NameDEWALT SDS Max (DW5820)
Rating5 Out of 5; Rating – 16
Available Sizes1″
Length36″

Dewalt SDS Max drill bit is one of the most used longer drill bits which is used to drill deeper concrete. . It has a carbide tip and 31-inch flute length. stronger 4 end cutters will cut the concrete and rebars easily. Normally it is 2 times longer life than the Dewalt SDS hammer drill bit.

3. KATEYA SDS Max

NameKATEYA SDS max
Rating4.5 Out of 5; Rating – 91
Available Sizes1 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/8″, 3/4″, 5/8″, 1/2″
Length13″ Drill Depth 9″

KATEYA SDS max drill bits come as 07 pieces package. Drill bit tips are made with carbide and they can fix into an SDS max hammer drill perfectly. These are not able to use in SDS, SDS Plus drills. Tips are consists of 4 high-grade carbide cutting points for rapid and precise drilling. Tips are forged from high-speed steel and precision tempered. Due to the carbide and HSS, its durability is higher than other drill bits.

4. Dewalt DW5470

NameDewalt (DW5470) SDS max
Rating4.5 Out of 5; Rating – 1536
Available Sizes3/16″, 1/2″, 1/4″, 3/8″
Length4″, 6 1/2″, 6″

Dewalt (DW5470) SDS max drill bit coming as a 05 pieces package. Its tip is made with carbide and it can withstand concrete and rebars easily. Due to the two-stage flute design with variable helix pattern of the drill bit can remove the debris efficiently. A weak mark indicator will increase the accurate diameter of the hole. The tip is consists of Rock Carbide, which increase the durability of the tool.

5. BOSCH HC6521 SDS Max

NameBOSCH HC6521 SDS max
Rating4.4 Out of 5; Rating – 104
Available Sizes2 1/2″, 3 1/8″, 2 1/8″,
Length24″ Drill Depth 18″

BOSCH HC6521 SDS max drill bits have 2 1/2″ diameter of the tip. Drill Bit is made with carbide and it will increase the durability and withstand the hammering action of SDS max drill. This will fix to 1 3/4″ chuck of SDS Max drill. It can be used for concrete, reinforcements, bricks, stones, etc.

6. Irwin Speedhammer SDS Max

NameIrwin Speed hammer Sds Max Drill Bit
Rating4.4 Out of 5; Rating – 104
Available Sizes1 1/2″,
Length15″

Irwin Speedhammer SDS max drill bit is made with chrome and carbide. Its hardness is incredible with a carbide tip. The body of the drill bit is made with a chrome vanadium body. These materials these highly heat resistant in durable. This can be used in concrete, granite, and very hard material.

7. Diablo – DMAPL4250 (SDS Plus)

NameDiablo – DMAPL4250 SDS Plus
Rating4.4 Out of 5; Rating – 63
Available Sizes3/4″,
Length10″

Diablo – DMAPL4250 SDS Plus drill bits can be used to drill vconcrete. but this cant be used for drill both concrete and rebars together. you will need a rebar cutter for drilling both material in two steps. This is made with carbide and it will increase the durability of the tool. And also there is a 4 cutter full carbide tip.

8. Bosch RC2124 (Rebar Cutter)

NameBosch RC2124 (Rebar Cutter)
Rating4.4 Out of 5; Rating – 314
Available Sizes1″,1 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/8″, 3/4″, 5/8″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 7/8″, 3/4″
Length12″

Bosch RC2124 is a rebar cutter that can be used for drilling rebars inside the concrete. This can be used in SDS plus drill. Cutter is made using carbide. You will need an SDS plus drill bit to drill the concrete and additionally, a rebar cutter can be used to drill inside reinforcement. Due to the carbide tip, it will last long and resist high heat and friction. The unique flute geometry will remove the debris fastly.

9. BOSCH RCSS2164 (Rebar Cutter)

NameBOSCH RCSS2164 (Rebar Cutter)
Rating4.4 Out of 5; Rating – 29
Available Sizes1″,1 1/2″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/8″, 1/2″, 3/8″, 7/8″, 9/16″
Length12″

 BOSCH RCSS2164 (Rebar Cutter) is another tool for drilling inside rebars successfully. Bar cutter finish type is made with titanium. Overall this is made with carbide and high-speed steel. Due to the high-quality material, it will last long with higher resistance. The tapered body design provides less weight for smooth drilling.

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