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Is the only way to drill holes in 3/4" granite slab say a 3/16 hole, is with a hammer drill?? I tried the Bosch Blue Granite to install some grab bars in a shower w/granite walls and it went pretty easy on one install I did awhile back, no hammer action. Then today, again grab bars in granite shower(black granite), the first hole was no prob, 10 min., the other 5 holes took about a half hour each.???
 

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The best way is to use a DRB01375 bit made by Alpha. You can use this with an angle grinder or with an adapter that comes with them so that you can use them on a regular drill.
 

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Thanks, the Alpha bit sounds good but $107, Ouch. Well I guess it's better than spending a half hour on each hole w/a Blue Granite bit.
 

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Hammer equals broke IMO.

Exactly what would happen if i done it. But i wont lie and i have seen a couple of chippys drill granite tile with massive happer drill to get a fixing in a wall and they got away with it. I know for a fact it would crack in half if i dont it. But i have seen the same people crack ceramic tiles many times doing the same thing.

Just not worth the risk.
 

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We use mini diamond core drills bits from CRLaurence company, they are available in sizes from 1/8'' to 5'' in diameter.
easy to use in a cordless drill just use a spray bottle to apply water to cool bit as you drill. They were developed for the glass industry and have crossed over to stone,granite,marble,etc.
time to drill a 1/4 hole in black granite about 20 seconds:clap:
 

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When i was installing granite for a living we used coring bits, always used a metabo grinder no hammer drill.
 
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