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Forum topic by SanderBash posted 05-31-2017 05:42 PM 498 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SanderBash

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05-31-2017 05:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: auger bit restore round shank

Hi all, this is my first post on here (but have been visiting this website for quite a while).

So, I have a question: I picked a lot of drill bits for about 10 dollars, which also contained a nice selection of C.I. Falls auger bits. I would like to use these bits in a bit and brace, only the previous owner had decided to cut off the tapered shanks. Now, I don’t own a bit and brace yet, so I was wondering if the round shanks will give me problems with the brace chuck? I was thinking maybe I can file some flat sides on the shanks to prevent them from slipping.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Sander


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#1 posted 05-31-2017 05:44 PM

You might be able to get some of them tight enough to use. They really need that square taper to fit in the notch in the chuck jaws to hold them tight. Flat side might help sure can’t be any worse than what you have now.

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#2 posted 06-01-2017 12:06 PM

Thanks, I guess I’ll just have to try. Now the hunt for a good brace..

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WayneC

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#3 posted 06-01-2017 02:09 PM

There are some braces designed to handle round shank bits as well as the standard shank. Good ones would be a Millers Falls Hold All, Millers Falls Lion, Pexto (PS&W) Sampson or North Brothers/Stanley Yankee 210X braces.

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#4 posted 06-01-2017 03:31 PM

If you can’t find one of those, filing them a bit square will help keep them from slipping, and will still work in one of the better braces.

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SanderBash

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#5 posted 06-01-2017 08:05 PM

WayneC: thanks! Will look into those. Unfortunately the local ‘Craigslist’ in the Netherlands has lots of bit and braces on it, but almost never is the brand and the model listed..

Tim: At least I’ve got some confidence now that filing might be the way to go :)

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#6 posted 06-01-2017 08:59 PM

They are probably much easier to find here in the US.

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SanderBash

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#7 posted 06-02-2017 12:27 PM

Do you know if there are similar braces available in Europe? I’m just getting into this stuff so I haven’t been able to find much info that was of use. Also, is shipping from the US always so prohibitively expensive?

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#8 posted 06-02-2017 01:33 PM

There may also be tax implications shipping from the US. I would think some are available. Perhaps Stanley 813. Also, the UK may have manufactured some models that are good with round shanks.

Looking at the UK ebay site and most of what I see is from the US.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PEXTO-Peck-Stow-Wilcox-Co-Bit-Brace-No-7006-w-Samson-Chuck-FREE-S-H-/142402180181?hash=item2127d4d455:g:DLsAAOSw42dZCR5w

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#9 posted 06-02-2017 03:36 PM

The U.K. Has a crapload of quality cheap vintage stuff

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WayneC

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#10 posted 06-02-2017 03:49 PM

If I had known a couple of months ago I could have dropped one off. PM me your shipping address and I will check postage. I have lots of these braces.

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#11 posted 06-03-2017 09:48 PM

Thanks guys. WayneC, I’ll send you a PM (for which I needed this fifth post :P to be allowed to :P)

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