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#1 posted 09-13-2012 02:05 PM

I’ve had occasions where the shanks have slipped in the drill chuck, whether it be from not tightening enough, or there was some oil on the shank, who knows. With the hex, you get much more grip, and $5 is worth the peace of mind to me at least.

Not to muddy the waters any, but I have a 20-piece set from Rockler that I think was around $50 on sale that work fine for me. It really comes down to how precise you need the cut. If you want perfectly flat bottoms and holes that are in a very good tolerance for diameter, you’re gonna have to spend the extra $$. I’m a fan of Freud bits for that purpose. If you just need to drill some holes and aren’t finicky about being 0.01” off, by all means, go for the more economical set.

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