My comments and article reference posted earlier had to do with spring material of a clocklike nature, Al. Although EDM would work with any spring one could get into position; some would take longer than others. Charles > Are we talking about "clock Spring" material, or > "Automobile leaf spring" we have scrounged? > > Al Messer > >> Spring steel can usually (noticed I said USUALLY) be >> drilled by running the >> drill very slowly, using plenty of thread cutting >> oil and keeping a steady >> and relentless pressure against the drill bit. If >> the drill ever makes a >> turn without removing metal the steel will instantly >> case/work harden and >> all forward progress will cease. This same system >> works on stainless steels >> that work harden when drilling. >> >> Unka Jesse MODEL ENGINEERING DISCUSSION LIST. To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list, send a blank email to, modeleng-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject line.