LumberJocks

Brad point or conical point bits for drill press use

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by groland posted 05-04-2017 03:12 PM 495 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View groland's profile

groland

181 posts in 3252 days


05-04-2017 03:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: brad point or conical point bits in drill presses

I have recently purchased my first new drill press and it has prompted this question. Is there any preference or benefit to using standard conical-point bits as opposed to brad point bits in a drill press?

Thanks,

George Roland


7 replies so far

View UpstateNYdude's profile

UpstateNYdude

901 posts in 1823 days


#1 posted 05-04-2017 03:14 PM

Brad points usually have spurs that will cut a much cleaner hole in wood. Conical points are best used when working with metal.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

View BurlyBob's profile

BurlyBob

5068 posts in 2105 days


#2 posted 05-04-2017 03:18 PM

I use brad point and forstner bit for a nice clean hole. Standard bit when I just need a hole and don’t git a rip what it looks like. One trick I learned sometime ago and have found it very valuable is to use a square point awl for a small pilot hole no matter which drill bit I use.

View LittleShaver's profile

LittleShaver

208 posts in 459 days


#3 posted 05-04-2017 03:33 PM

+1 on previous postings. Brad points and forstners except for metal.

-- Sawdust Maker

View Rick_M's profile

Rick_M

10645 posts in 2220 days


#4 posted 05-04-2017 03:37 PM

Conical = twist bit. You’ll want some eventually. Keep an eye on the hot deals thread and snag a high quality US made set at chinesium prices.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

View JayT's profile (online now)

JayT

5455 posts in 2051 days


#5 posted 05-04-2017 03:57 PM

If you need a very accurate and clean hole, use a brad point.

If you just need a hole, use a twist bit. No reason to wear out and dull the brad points unnececessarily.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

View oldnovice's profile

oldnovice

6435 posts in 3208 days


#6 posted 05-04-2017 08:45 PM

We have fractional sets, number sets, and don’t forget about the letter set of bits!
Aren’t you glad you are a woodworker ….... and all you really need are fractional?
But what type of fractional?
  • Twist bit’s
  • Auger bits
  • Nail buster auger bits
  • Ship auger bits
  • Forstner bits
  • Self feed bits
  • Bradpoint bits
  • Spade bits

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

View Loren's profile

Loren

9639 posts in 3488 days


#7 posted 05-04-2017 09:57 PM

I grind my own brad bits from standard twist drills.

https://youtu.be/VcwOBL0tTbc

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com