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Forum topic by paulbunyan posted 06-12-2011 06:53 PM 788 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2011 06:53 PM

some time back i was working at a place that had a drill press. i was trying to drill a hole one day and couldn’t find a sharp bit. man, i hate that.
while searching, i rounded up all the bits i could find and got ~400. all appeared dull and all had rust. this was a place where tools that didn’t disappear were abused.

i had the company credit card to buy some stuff at helpless depot and while there i saw a drill doctor (as advertised by paul harvey ~2002). it was the basic one and price was ~$80 at that time. i bought it and settled in to do the bits. being the basic unit it didn’t take anything over 7/16” i think it was. to do larger bits you had to buy the optional larger-size collar thingy, not sold at hd (factory order).
what a true gem it was. shoulda got the extra collar, but the bossasaurus had already had a couple of cows
over the $80, never mind the future savings (but he didn’t tell me to take it back!).
after sharpening i got to thinking about how to tell the sharpened from used. i got a black magic marker and painted the shiny ends with it. then i knew if the end was shiny it had been used and might need sharpening.
every week i rounded up used bits and sharpened/colored them.

i have a spyderco tri-angle sharpener for my knives.
it wil aslo do wood chisels and plane blades. mine is 11+ years old and i replaced the medium grade rods last year for the first time ($15). the triangualr-shaped rods clean up with water and a scotch-bright cleaning pad. the fine rods may outlast me. unit retails ~$60. mine came with a vhs tape along with the destruction sheet. i haven’t tried it on spade bits. the box is multi-position and has brass handguards. i haven’t looked, but their website may have a demo film.

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 07:14 PM

Some people just cannot see the Forest for the trees at times. Great idea and I bet, at least you can lay your hands on a sharp bit when needed.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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