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Posted on Please recommend a set of drill bits

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#1 posted 08-28-2010 03:07 PM

I assume you are talking about drilling into wood. I have and use 4 different sets of bits and I have purchased a number of individual bits that are not part of a set.

For a hole bigger than 1/2” I use Forstner bits from a set of Porter Cable Forstner bits I have. They are very good bits, but you should sharpen them when ever they need it. Sharpening Forstner bits is not hard to do. As an FYI, I would like to get some carbide Forstner bits but they are quite expensive.

For smaller holes in wood I like the brad point bits I got in a set from Rockler.

I also picked up a 115 bit set from Grizzly. It only cost about $60. It has bits in Imperial measurements, metric measurements and it has a complete set of the lettered bits. Why? With this many bits I can almost always find a bit that is just the right size. These are conventional high speed bits. I don’t use them much, but it is handy to have these bits for unique size situations.

Finally, a cheap small set of drill bits from 1/32” up to 3/8” is handy to have and if you break or loose one, it’s no big deal.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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