How To Remove Drill Bit? – Quickly Help Your Work

A drill Bit is a very simple and convenient tool, but many people don’t know how to remove it when they’re done. Today we are going to talk about how to remove it. Hope everyone can get some new knowledge.

Please think about it, if you finish drilling a hole and go to change out the drill bit. You turn the chuck; nothing happens. No matter what you do, you can’t get that drill bit out of the drill.

Or maybe, you’re drilling your hole, when suddenly the drill stops spinning. You try reversing; nothing happens. That drill bit is stuck in the material, and you can’t get it out.

Luckily, there’s a pretty easy fix to both of these – each is a little different, but the general idea is to use a pair of pliers to gain some leverage to turn the chuck or drill bit. Let’s dive in and find out the details!

How to Remove a Stuck Drill Bit From a Drill

Grab a pair of channel lock pliers. If you don’t have a pair of channel lock pliers, you’re looking for something with jaws large enough to grip the chuck of the drill. The chuck is the part of the drill you twist to release the drill bit. 

A vice grip or a vice are some substitutes for channel lock pliers. 

And even though I’m remodeling my shop and can’t show you a vice right now. After that, take these steps to remove the drill bit:

1. Clamp The Channel Lock Pliers Onto The Chuck Of The Drill

To grab the drill chuck, widen the jaws of the pliers or vice grip/vice. After that, squeeze the pliers firmly against the chuck.

Because the chuck is plastic and the pliers or vice grip are likely metal, there is a chance that the plastic will get scratched. It might have a few small scrapes, but it will still function.

Wrapping the chuck in a towel or other rag before clamping the pliers. This will loosen the hold, but you might still be able to use leverage to remove the stuck piece.

2. Turn The Pliers Counter-clockwise

Use a vice grip or pliers and rotate the hand tool in the opposite direction of clockwise rotation. Since the vice is probably fixed to your workbench, if you’re using one to clamp the chuck, you’ll need to turn the drill instead.

By doing this, you should be able to release the chuck and loosen the drill bit.

This has always worked for me, but if for some reason it doesn’t, you can increase leverage even more by securing the drill/driver in a vice before attempting to turn the chuck with the pliers once more.

3. Remove The Drill Bit From The Drill

The bit should be fairly flimsy and easily fall out at this point. But it might need to be moved a little if it wasn’t initially properly aligned in the chuck.

You can wiggle the bit with pliers if your fingers are insufficient. But take care—this could dull the drill bit. I just shrug because all of my drill bits are so cheap, but you might care if you have nice pricey bits.

Drill Bit
Drill Bit

How To Remove A Drill Bit From Wood, A Wall, Or Other Material

Sometimes you need to use a drill bit from the wood, wall, or other materials. There are also some good ways to remove it. 

The main objective is to increase your leverage so you can use more force to turn the bit. Removing a stuck drill bit from the material isn’t all that different from removing a stuck drill bit from a drill.

In contrast, you apply this force to the chuck when removing a drill bit from a drill. This force is applied to the drill bit itself when removing it from wood or a wall.

You can use regular pliers this time because drill bits typically have smaller diameters than chucks. It can also be done with a vice grip.

After that, take these steps to remove the drill bit:

1. Clamp The Pliers To The Shank Of The Drill Bit

Clamping close to the bit’s base, which is closest to the material, will give you more leverage. There may, however, be an exposed twisty part there, and that means clamping could dull the drill bit.

You can choose to clamp either there or higher up the shank where the bit is smooth. As you might have guessed, it’s bad to clamp farther away because doing so increases the chance that the drill bit will break.

Additionally, you should clamp the pliers so that they make a smooth line rather than running perpendicular to the bit.

2. Turn The Pliers Counter-clockwise

To release the bit, counterclockwise turn the pliers. I find it easier to push down instead of pull up when trying to remove a drill bit from a wall if my pliers are on the left side of the bit. However, that could just be me.

3. Remove The Drill Bit

After you’ve loosened up the bit, chances are good that it will just pop out with a little wiggling. If it doesn’t, you can keep “unscrewing” it with the pliers until you’ve got it out of the material.


Wear eye protection when working with tools. Bits can become hot, or have sharp ends. Bits smaller than about 1/4 inch may not be removable using extractors. In this case, drilling them out completely with a comparably sized drill bit may be the only option. Choose an extremely hard drill bit for this purpose.

After reading this article, do you know a lot about how to remove a drill bit? I hope this article will give you more useful things.