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    Drilling small holes into the plastic rail ties is difficult. Can anyone recommend a method to do this?

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    Use a Dremel with a small drill bit.

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    You might have more control with a pin vise.
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    Hard to keep the bit from wandering so you don't drill through the side of the tie. You might have to use a sharp, pointy thing in the tie center to start.

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    Are you drilling for hand laid track, or to spike down flextrack? For spiking down track, I use a #62 bit in a pin vise, but I only put 3 spikes in a 30 inch piece of flex so it isn't too time consuming. I find a dremel (at least mine) spins the bits faster than I'd like and it's hard to control, resulting in more broken bits than I'd like........might work fine for you. Your other option is a chuck from Micromark that will fit in a cordless screwdriver https://www.micromark.com/Precision-...ss-Screwdriver I find it gives me better control that a dremel.

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    I don’t drill holes. I use a needle nose set of pliers to hold the spike on top of the tie and then is push it through using another set of pliers.
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    Love the drill above. Use it all the time. It is smaller and easier to control than my pin vise drill or the small cordless I have. Still wandering can be a problem with any drill. Pin vise might be easier to start the hole and then the one above to quickly finish it.

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    what type/brand of track? Atlas flex has dimples on the bottom side you can use to keep the bit in place.

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    Dremel with small drill , use 2 hands to hover the drill and then lower it, much easier then a pin vise or other slow rotating device.
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    Dremel makes a workstation that essentially turns a Dremel tool into a small drill press.. Search "Dremel worstation" on Ebay, or Google "Dremel drill press" for a bunch of other options.
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    I use a small electric drill similar to that recommended by Sumner, to drill holes slightly narrower than the pins I'm using. It is much easier to use than my motor tool. Be careful with fast turning drills because the heat they generate can melt the ties, producing a larger hole than intended. The melted plastic can also stick to the drill.

    Using pliers to push track pins in without pre-drilling can result in splitting the ties. It can also be very difficult to do if (like me) you use plywood for the sub-roadbed.

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    All good comments. Thanks.
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