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What Is The Difference Between Drilling & Coring?

Concrete Drilling and Concrete Coring are very similar. These are often confused for first time concrete cutters or those working on Do-It-Yourself projects. 


Drilling is the process of punching a small hole through a concrete structure. Typically, you will use a carbide-tipped masonry bit and diamond drill bits are highly recommended.

The hammer drills used for concrete drilling are designed to hammer while rotating to effectively drill into concrete.  It is recommended to start drilling with a low speed while maintaining a firm hand and only drill as deep as you need and no further. 

A great quality hammer drill, with a high-quality bit, will finish a 2-inch deep, 1/4 inch wide hole in concrete in under a minute.

Make sure to always use a drill made for masonry materials. If you use a normal drill, you will risk breaking your drill and will also increase the chance of cracking the masonry surface you are drilling through. 

Drills are great if you have to anchor, bolt, or fasten an item to a concrete wall. Often a drill is used to fasten a Core Drill to a wall, so the core drill can make a cleaner cut. 

Concrete Drill



Coring is the process of removing large cylindrical pieces of concrete from a surface to accommodate conduits, piping, ducting, reinforcements, and other systems. Typically, a large core drill is mounted to the wall and attached with a coolant such as water.

The core drill rotates, causing the segments to grind and cut the surface. The larger your core bit the slower Rotation-Per-Minute (RPM) will be need to control your burn rate, protect the surface, and increase the lifespan on your Core Bit and Drill. 

Have further questions on coring, call our CanWest Diamond product specialists that can help determine the correct tools for your projects.

Phone: 403-225-4445 or visit our Contact Us page on our website. 


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