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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 11-21-2012 04:01 PM 718 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-21-2012 04:01 PM

Just got a brace (Bell Stanley) and need to get bits for it. From what I know, I think I’d prefer the Jennings style. So here’s the question…

Is it better to get new bits like those from tools for working wood or find some good vintage ones? If the answer is vintage, what do I need to look for or look out for?


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#1 posted 11-21-2012 04:17 PM

I think it depends on how much bit restoration you want to do. I got a misc lot of auger bits on ebay and they required a fair amount of work to get to a usable state. Auger files are not easy to find anymore. Tools for working wood sold the only one I could find. They’re not super difficult to restore, but it does take some time. If you buy new, then you get to save that time and just sharpen when the need arises. So really it comes down to when and where you want to spend your time.


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