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Posted on How do you identify good steel from bad in tools like drill bits

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 04:50 AM

Okay, I think I have made a decision, good bits are expensive. Very expensive. Crappy bits are cheap. I’m going to continue watching and waiting for a good set of brad point bits to go on sale cause I have none, and that what I need since twist bits tear out bad as they go thru wood. As for the twist bits and spade bits, I’m going to research sharpening methods and put the camel on the drill doctor. I’m also going to wire brush those spade bits to clean them up. Meanwhile the spade bits seem functional, but they are messy when they tear thru. I’m going to also put the camel on the new desiign bosch spade bits, they seem really good. They only about $30 normally, but might as well let that camel work for me and see if I can’t get them for $20. Historically it shows it very possible. The Bosch spade bits have a edge like a brad point to cut the outside of the hole first so there is little tear like with normal spade bits. The reviews are really good on these. If the camel comes thru I’ll have new tech bits for a good price, if not, I’ll eventually have sharpened up old good steel spade bits. I really also need to survey the bits to see if I’m missing any important sizes. I have quire a few, so might be surprised.

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