Difference between Self Tapping Screw & Self Drilling Screw

Selftapping screws come with a sharp, piercing tip or a flat, blunt tip. The sharp-tipped screws are designed for drilling their own hole into softer materials such as wood and plastic so they don’t need a pilot hole. The advantage of the flat-tipped screw is that it won’t get stuck in the material and break off.

Self Tapping ScrewsSelf tapping screws tap their own thread, so they need a pilot hole slightly smaller than the screws diameter. The idea is, you drill a pilot hole into wood or another soft material. Then as you drive the tapping screw in, its threads will dig into the material keeping it secure.

Selftapping screws come with a sharp, piercing tip or a flat, blunt tip. The sharp-tipped screws are designed for drilling their own hole into softer materials such as wood and plastic so they don’t need a pilot hole. … For thicker metal, it mayrequire more than one screw to drill through the surface.

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