What is a VSR Drill? (Everything You Need To Know)

VSR drills are essential for drilling holes in wood, concrete, and steel. Knowing the features of a VSR drill, its power source, functionality, and other details are crucial when considering purchasing one.

A VSR drill is a valuable tool when using self-drilling screws and the drill as a screw gun, as well as when starting to drill metal. The trigger regulates the speed of the drill, and it may work in both forward and backward orientations.

I’ll cover more detail below.

What is a VSR Drill Exactly?

A Variable Speed Reverse drill is abbreviated as VSR. It’s a valuable tool when using self-drilling screws and the drill as a screw gun, as well as when starting to drill metal.

Reversible is useful when you need to remove a screw that you just inserted while utilizing the drill as a screw gun once more.

The trigger regulates the speed of the drill, and it may work in both forward and backward orientations.

Features of a Variable Speed Reverse Drill

Durability and Reliability

The drill has a longer life and enhanced durability because it is constructed with heat-treated and helical-cut steel.

The metal gear exterior also increases reliability, not just durability.

Control and Comfort

The grip section is reinforced with rubber and a two-finger trigger that helps comfort and proper drill control.

Versatility

A VSR drill has a 360-degree side handle that offers great versatility (as well as control).

Applications of VSR Drills

  • Spade Bit Drilling – in wood up to 1 ½ inch
  • Self-feed Drilling – in wood up to 2 1/8 inches
  • Hole Saw Drilling – in wood up to 3 ½ inches
  • Auger Bit Drilling – in wood up to 1 1/8 inches
  • Twist Bit Drilling – in steel up to ½ an inch
  • Hole Saw Drilling – in steel up to 2 inches

Typical Package Includes

The typical VSR package includes the following items:

  1. A 360-degree side handle
  2. A chuck key and a holder

Drill Bit for VSR Drill

Coupling a Variable Speed Reverse Drill with an appropriate drill bit makes the work neat and effortless.

The following options are feasible:

Bosch-Bit-Brad Point Wood Drill Bits, 7pc Set

BOSCH 21 Piece Cobalt Metal Drill Bit Set CO21

Key Features

  • These are suitable for soft and hardwood, and it has precision-ground (with CBN grinding process) (1)
  • These have a centering tip plus a shoulder cutter
  • Color – black
  • Tow flutes Size – 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 mm

Bosch Impact Drill 750W, Max Chuck

BOSCH 3-Jaw Keyless Chuck with SDS-Plus Shank, 1/2-Inch HA3JAW

Key Features

  • Rated power – 750W
  • Rated torque – 2.1 Nm
  • The drilling diameter in steel, concrete, and wood is 12 mm, 16 mm, and 25 mm, respectively.
  • Chuck capacity (min./max) – 1.5 mm to 13 mm.

Source of Power for VSR Drills

Possible power sources for VSR drills include the following: (2)

  1. Fuel-powered VSR drills
  2. Corded electric VSR drills
  3. Battery-powered VSR drills

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References
(1) hardwood – https://www.britannica.com/topic/hardwood
(2) power sources – https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/journal-of-power-sources

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