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#1 posted 10-24-2012 07:00 PM

I agree with Paul. I actually don’t like brad points with hand drills for the very reason he says…especially if I need to control the depth of cut. It grabs too fast for me, especially in softer woods (it can tear as much as it cuts). Brad point bits are for smaller, precision holes on a drill press…or at least that’s how I use them. This way, I can precisely center the hole with the brad point.

For hand drilling, I’m old fashioned.

Of course, forstner bits start in bigger sizes and give nice entry/exit holes. I default to these for most everything greater than 1/2” (of course) or when I want some well shaped holes, but they will leave behind some nice burns.

The brad points do cut faster…a lot faster. Sometimes you need this in harder wood when drilling a zillion holes. You wouldn’t use a 1/4” forstner bit for that application. You likely would like regular bits either because aligning that many holes can be a PITA.

-- jay,

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