Drill bits come in all shapes and sizes so knowing exactly which one you need for specific jobs can be a bit difficult, especially if you are new to the world of power tools.

Dewalt recommends using the following bits for wood projects:

  • Brad-point bits
  • TCT hinge boring bits
  • Wood auger bits
  • Flat wood bits
  • Extreme flat wood bits
  • Self-feed drill bits
  • Self-feed extension piece

Keep reading to learn about each type of bit made by Dewalt

Do You Need a Specific Dewalt Drill Bit For Wood?

Using the right bit when working with wood is important.

It prevents the following:

  • Splitting or splintering of the wood while drilling
  • Your drill bit from overheating

Now, let’s see the different types of Dewalt wood drill bits.

Types Of Dewalt Wood Drill Bits

There are several types of drill bits that are made especially for wood, but knowing which one is right for the type of wood you are working with can make or break your project.

Here’s a little more about each one:

  • Brad-Point bits: These bits have a point in the center of the bit making them great for precision work with minimal fraying at the hole. These are great all-purpose bits to keep on hand for any woodworking job.
  • TCT hinge boring bits: These drill bits are destined for natural woods, plywood, and hardwoods. Because these lack the center point they tend to cause a rougher-looking hole.
  • Wood auger bits: These bits have that center point that a brad-point has for precision drilling. These bits, however, are designed for larger and deeper holes than the brad-point.
  • Flat wood bits: Despite their name, the flatwood bit is not necessarily designed for flatwood, the name refers to the appearance of the bit. Flatwood bits have a flat head designed to create large holes quickly.
  • Extreme flat wood bits: Similar to flat wood bits, extreme flat wood bits are larger and create even larger holes than flat wood bits. These bits are designed for drilling holes in door knobs or plumbing pipes
  • Self-feed bits: These bits are designed for precise and small jobs. The self-feeding feature of these bits prevents unwanted movements in the drill bit that would cause unsightly or too large of a hole. 
  • Self-feed extension piece: These extension pieces are not actual bits but are categorized as one since they aid in drilling holes in several materials. These pieces are good if you need to drill a deeper hole than your bit will allow. 

Now, let’s take a look at how to distinguish these drill bits below.

Does Dewalt Color Coat Their Drill Bits?

Some companies coat their bits in a specific color based on their intended use to make choosing a bit easier, especially when there are so many different types that can drill wood.

Unfortunately, Dewalt does not coat their bits in colored materials. Instead, Dewalt coats some of their drill bits in titanium nitride, these coated bits are great for long-term use as they are meant for higher performance.

These coated bits are also known to help the bits from walking across the wood as you are starting the hole allowing more clean and efficient work. 

Should You Lubricate Drill Bits When Drilling Wood?

Adding oil to drill bits will only stain and darken the wood. 

Sharp drill bits do not need any lubrication, if you are noticing your wood burning you could be using a dull bit or applying too much pressure.

Keep reading to learn what to do when your drill bit breaks in wood.

Why Are My Drill Bits Breaking In Wood?

Drill bits should not normally break if you are using them for their intended purpose. 

There are however two reasons a drill bit can break while working:

  • Deflected breaking occurs from radial force also known as too much pressure and causes the bit to break at the end of the bit.
  • Twisted breakage is caused by an excess of torque and the bit is normally broken at the middle of the bit.

The bad thing about your drill bits breaking while drilling wood is that they can get stuck. Let’s learn how to remove a broken drill bit from wood below.

How Do I Remove a Broken Dewalt Drill Bit From Wood?

Breaking a drill bit in the middle of a project feels so defeating, however, there are two ways to remove a broken drill bit from wood. 

Use Locking Pliers

The first method involves locking pliers. 

If you can not get the pliers locked onto the end of the bit you will have to chisel an area around the bit. Lock the pliers onto the bit and twist it counter-clockwise until the bit is removed.

Use an Extractor Bit

The other method involves an extractor bit. 

After making a divot with a center punch, use a smaller drill bit than the one that was stuck to drill into the broken bit, about 1/2 inch deep.

Insert the cone-shaped end of the extractor into the hole and secure it by tapping the end with a hammer, then turn counter-clockwise to remove the broken bit.


Dewalt manufactures tons of different bits, using a drill bit designed for wood and the type of wood you are working with will ensure a clean project. Drill bits shouldn’t break while working but if they do know how to remove them can make woodworking a little less stressful.