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Forum topic by CB_Cohick posted 10-17-2016 04:42 PM 622 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2016 04:42 PM

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I keep an eye on sets of vintage Irwin tapered shank auger bits on e-bay. I can’t justify the purchase at the moment as I don’t have a current project that requires it. I have not had good luck with the newer Irwin bits that are made in Brazil I believe. I was looking online for other options and ran across ICS Cutting Tools. It looks like I could put together a full 13 piece set at a very reasonable cost. ( Does anybody have any experience with these bits or the company in general? Thanks for your input.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#1 posted 10-17-2016 06:31 PM

I get a total of $43.58 for a set of 13, are the vintage Irwin’s going for much more than that on eBay? They also have dual auger stud bits with premium tool steel that are more expensive and have a hex shank. I haven’t had any trouble putting hex shanks in my better braces. It’s hard to say how good their regular tool steel is. Hopefully someone can chip in with some experience with them. They do seem reasonable, and I’d like to get more of the larger sizes. Also the ones I see have one spur. That hasn’t been too much of a problem in my experience, but they pull a bigger chip and don’t cut quite as cleanly.

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#2 posted 10-17-2016 07:28 PM

Tim, the nice vintage Irwin sets run around $70 and up on average from what I have seen. I have run hex shank bits in my braces, and they work sort of with some slippage, but the old style tapered shanks hold much better in my hands. I also noticed the single spur on the ICS bits, good info on the cleanliness of cut with that setup, thanks.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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