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#1 posted 12-19-2012 12:37 AM

thanks Artie, I’ll check those out next time I go to the library, I’m on dialup at home so youtube is kind of a no go. But I get to the library every week or two anyway. I probably would have found these eventually on my own when I started seeking the info out, but thanks for saving me the time. I pulled out one of them decrepit bits the other day, it was a 1/4 inch and it is all rusty, and corroded looking and at first glance you’d think no way, it going to cut, it should be thrown in the trash, but it went thru the 3.5 inch of a 2×4 4 times with no problem. I imagine if I sharpened it than I would have been even more pleasantly impressed. That’s twice I’ve used these nasty looking things and they performed beyond my expectations. They must be made of something decent to be holding a edge as bad as they look.

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