Square Holes Made Easy

A machine that drills square holes? Be still, my heart!

Good morning Hoons.

I have a profound love of tools of all kinds, especially those tools that make a difficult or nasty job much less so. One common nasty task that I encounter on a regular basis, so I’m sure that everyone else does too, is the need to make square holes in parts for whatever device that I’m currently constructing. It’s a true pain in the butt and I dislike it with a passion. It takes an inordinate amount of time to complete a clean job of it, and it’s far too easy to muck up the sizing and alignment of the sides of the holes.

So imagine my delight when I came across this ad from a Japanese company for a tool that drills square holes in metal. It’s about bloody time I say, and I want one that I can hang from a tool belt and drop on my foot.

There are two short videos after the jump that demonstrate this rather nifty device.

This first video is an updated version of the original that I found a while back. Unfortunately, the text is in Japanese, but the concept comes across well.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”344″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI-15fovYEY[/youtube]
The next video is a Russian animation (why can’t the English speaking world drill square holes, I wonder?) that illustrates how the process works. It’s delightfully simple.

[youtube width=”425″ height=”344″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5AzbDJ7KYI[/youtube]
I don’t know when a consumer-grade version of this device will become available to us barbarians here in America, but I have no doubt that it will, because we will give them money for it and they know it. So don’t lose heart, all of you square-hole-drilling wannabees, help is on the way. Eventually.



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