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HEADCOTE ® & SMART-BIT ® - The System for Brazilian Deck

The SMART-BIT ®/HEADCOTE ® System Demonstration (1:35) *

The Headcote and SMART-BIT ® system

Just look at this beautiful fastener for Ipe decking

headcote smartbit toolThis system works with Ipe decking, garapa decking, tigerwood decking, cumaru decking, actually just about any Brazilian hardwood decking you can imagine



Overall Length

SMART-BIT ® makes a hole 1-1/8" deep, including the depth of the countersink. It is general practice not to pre-drill the underlying (joist) material, as this is usually treated lumber and does not require pre-drilling. SMART-BIT ® provides sufficient depth for installing deck lumber up to 5/4" nominal size. *

Performance Tips

1. Going into ipe deck wood, with only minimal rests between holes, we were able to get 300 to 500 holes per bit. Eventually the edges of any bit will get dull, causing heat to build up faster and finally causing the bit to break. When this happens, simply remove the old bit and replace it with a new one. The most important thing in extending the life of a SMART-BIT ® is to drill in a straight and stable fashion. Two-handed operation is highly recommended. In particular, drilling into ipe or similarly dense materials is hard work. Rest as needed and don't sacrifice stability for speed. *

2. You will know when the hole is completed when the collar stops spinning. *


 The SMART-BIT ® tool package contains one (1) complete tool, two (2) extra replacement bits and one (1) hex wrench.

The SMART-BIT ® replacement bits package contains five (5) replacement bits. Available sizes:



 * Content on this page is summarize from the HEADCOTE ® and SMART-BIT ® websites