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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 03:56 AM

I would say get one of the $100 30 piece sets of the Skil bits.

The rationale:

The bit difference between cheap bits and high quality bits is really the grade of carbide. The Skill bits are not bad bits, they are just not GREAT bits. There are a lot of profiles you won’t use often. Having them is nice to pull out once in a while. For occasional use, they are fine. As you replace them, replace the ones you use often with high quality bits. They will last and stay sharp longer.

I have a mix of bits myself. Some are the bargain bin from Harbor Freight. Some are pricey. Some outright painful to buy. If I am just going to use one for one piece, I get a cheap one. If I intend to use it often, I go ahead and get a good one.

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