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04-25-2017 11:47 PM

About a year ago I purchased the full set of Lee Valley Brad point bits. Not cheap but I wanted a good set. Just out of curiosity I compared them with a set from a big box store. The results are in the pictures. I used a 3/16th inch bit for the comparison. Guess which bit is from Lee Valley…

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 12:15 AM

Is that from a drill press?

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 12:17 AM



Is that from a drill press?

- Rick M


Yes, from a drill press.

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 12:24 AM

Amazing results

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#4 posted 04-26-2017 12:26 AM

Big difference. I’m still using a set of Black & Decker that I’ve had forever.

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 12:31 AM

It has something to do with bit design I’m guessing…

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#6 posted 04-26-2017 12:33 AM

Isn’t that how brad points are supposed to work

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#7 posted 04-26-2017 12:40 AM

None of the ones I’ve used.

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#8 posted 04-26-2017 01:28 AM

It was a rhetorical question. A brad point should have two spurs to score the wood and prevent tearout. If your bits don’t have the spurs, they aren’t brad points. The Lee Valley are no doubt sharper and better made. Cheap tools are cheap for a reason.

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#9 posted 04-26-2017 01:46 AM

Rick, the brad point bit in your picture looks like the right hand picture in my post. The LV bits have a “hump” (for scoring the wood) right before the cutting point that I don’t see in your picture.

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#10 posted 04-26-2017 01:50 AM

That is nice. Which Lee Valley set did you get.

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#11 posted 04-26-2017 01:51 AM



That is nice. Which Lee Valley set did you get.

- WayneC


The 1/16” to 1/2” by 1/64”

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#12 posted 04-26-2017 02:03 AM

Thanks. I will have to check it out.

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#13 posted 04-26-2017 02:11 AM

I bought one of these sets from Woodcraft.

BIG, HUGE, MISTAKE! HF has better drill bits. This set has regular twist and brad point and neither kind will drill butter.

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#14 posted 04-26-2017 02:12 AM

I bought the set from Lee Valley last year and kick myself for not doing it sooner. Too many cheap “brad point” just have and up swept cutting edge that are described as spurs and are very much different than on most quality bits.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-High-Speed-Steel-Brad-Point-Drill-Bit-Set-6-Piece-DW1720/202279646

Now my next investment will be to replace my cheap forstner bits.

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#15 posted 04-26-2017 02:15 AM

Any drill bit will cut clean holes in wood… as long as they are sharpened properly. Even cheap ones.

Cheers,
Brad

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