Irwin Max Speed Speed Bore bit

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Review by Mainiac Matt posted 01-31-2017 03:33 AM 1881 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I borrowed one of these from a carpenter in our crate shop at work and was really impressed with how fast and clean it cut. So when I saw them at Ace Hardware I picked up a 3/4” one.

Tonight I broke it out to drill some add’l holes in my bench. I like it a lot. It ate up the hard Maple like it was pine.

1. Pilot grabs hold and pulls the bit right through the wood.
2. The three cutting edges really cut fast. They are very sharp.
3. Both the entry and the exit holes are clean.
4. The 1/4” hex drive shank won’t slip in your drill chuck.

1. They are a little expensive

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 03:37 AM

A little expensive isn’t a big issue if the tool is good and will last.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-31-2017 05:44 AM

Thanks for the tip Matt.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 05:53 AM

I got a 3/4” a few years ago when Irwin had a free sample offer. They are very nice bits.

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#4 posted 01-31-2017 12:19 PM

I used the 3/4” to drill the holes in my bench and worked very well. I also drilled a 2” thick block on my drill press to use as a guide to keep holes perpendicular.

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#5 posted 01-31-2017 02:40 PM

I chucked the bit in my 8 amp Dewalt spade handle drill…. which is quite the beast, and this bit pulls itself in very “assertively”. I really had to brace myself and hang on for the ride.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 11:33 PM

Good to know thank you.

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#7 posted 02-02-2017 08:48 PM

i sell these bits and have also used them and the are as good as matt stated,i highly recommend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 02-03-2017 02:31 AM

Yes they are nice bits Matt. I’ve purchased them on a couple occasions, needed more holes drilled at the same time. When I’ve purchased them I was able to buy a package of three.

5/8’, 3/4”, 7/8”.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 02-03-2017 06:15 AM

I got a set of three from my local Lowes store a year or so back. They also offer a set of 6 in a plastic box that I wish I had gotten. They average about $5 per bit, with set of three for 15 bucks and six for 30.

I agree with all the positive comments. I have mainly used them in my drill press, and they do cut well.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#10 posted 02-05-2017 01:12 AM

I have no complaints about Irwin bits

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 02-05-2017 09:01 PM

+1 Ricky M.

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#12 posted 02-08-2017 07:14 PM

I bought the set of 6 ( 1/2 → 1-1/4 ) a couple years ago.

I was using the 5/8 on the press last weekend while thinking about how impressive they are.

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#13 posted 02-18-2017 06:07 PM

I know. I’ve used one of these before and it’ll pull through anything.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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