|Review by ChicoWoodnut||posted 11-02-2008 07:03 PM||6148 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I was in need of some brad point bits to drill holes for a set of ball catches I am installing. I have been using regular twist bits and needed something with a centering guide. My set of Irwin Jennings-pattern auger bits don’t go to 1/4”. I looked at brad point bits at the Borg and didn’t like any of the ones I saw. The lip was simply a point ground into the edge of the radial cutter. It didn’t look like it would leave a clean hole on entry and that is what I am after.
Sizes – 1/8” to 1/2” (in 16th increments)
The set comes in a plastic pouch and the cutting ends are dipped in a protective coating. The bits are coated with light oil that needs to be wiped off. Be careful! The points AND spiral flutes are razor sharp!
The brad points are perfectly centered giving the ability to position the bit precisely and cut without wobble. The lip enters the wood very cleanly. In the picture above the hole on the left was my first and the hole on the right was my second. The camera picks up a lot of detail with the super macro setting.
I would highly recommend these bits for those who want to keep a set for detailed drilling in wood; especially where it will be visible on the project. They are a fine example of American machine tool production which I thought had been completely replaced by cheap throw away competition. I will keep these in my woodworking tool cabinet along with my other fine bench tools.
Plus – High quality, sharp, accurately machined.
Minus – I wish they had come in a box. I guess I’ll have to make one <g>
-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net