extra long auger bits

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Forum topic by Pendragon1998 posted 07-03-2015 02:55 AM 944 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-03-2015 02:55 AM

I was in an antique store recently, and I came across a barrel with several extra long auger bits. They look just like the regular ones you would use in a brace, including the diameter of the bit, they just have extra long shanks. I’m not talking about T-handle auger bits. What are they for? Are they worth picking up?

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#1 posted 07-03-2015 03:02 AM

For drilling extra long holes.
If you need to drill extra long holes they are worth getting.

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#2 posted 07-03-2015 12:21 PM

Aren’t those called “ship augers”? I have a couple of newer ones made for a power drill.

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#3 posted 07-03-2015 01:58 PM

Square taper auger bits having the same general appearance and design as the typical Russell Jennings or Irwin bit, but having a length between 12 and 16” are most likely either “electrician’s” or “car” bits (the latter is a reference to railroad cars)

In my experience, ship’s augers are distinguishable from the above by a wholly different pattern (in addition to their greater length).

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#4 posted 07-03-2015 02:29 PM

The shop was near a former RR town, so that makes sense.

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#5 posted 07-04-2015 09:20 PM

I just picked up a set.

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 06:44 AM

Ship’s augers often lack a pilot screw (“barefoot” augers). When drilling a propeller shaft hole through a deadwood timber, a bit with a pilot screw wants to follow the grain.

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