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01-03-2013 01:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: auger bits question

Hi Guys

Please, which auger bit set do you recomend?


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#1 posted 01-03-2013 02:04 PM

Juan – i just picked up a vintge set of Russell Jennings bits and so far with a little bit of sharpening they are wonderful. From what ive read there are two style, the jennings and the irwin. Take a swing through Brit’s blog on braces, there’s a lot of questions answered over there.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 02:14 PM

Vintage is the way to go. I have had great luck with them. I would not buy any of the new ones. They are not made the same since they sharpened the flutes for some reason. This makes you hole wider and wider, which is no good.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 09:18 PM

The Russell Jennings bits are excellent. Older Irwins and Snells are also very, very good. One thing I would point out is to take a good like at the tip to see if the threads are coarse or fine. If you’re working with harder woods, you want the fine thread. You should also keep an eye open for a file to sharpen them. I think TFWW sells one, but I’m not sure.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 09:24 PM

I just got my first set of augers, havent got a chance to use them yet though, so I can’t post a review just yet:

Missing a few from the set, but the empty slots were filled with some duplicates…

I don’t know how old they are, but once I use them I’ll let you know what I think! They may need sharpening, I don’t know…

-- Jason K

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 09:30 PM

I bought an auger bit file from Amazon for around $10. Here’s my recent set:

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 09:37 PM

Russell Jennings without a doubt. My heavy duty cordless drill set consists of 8 braces loaded with various auger bits. My “precision” augers are a 100 year old Russell Jennings set, loaded as needed :)

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 02:54 AM

Thanks a lot guys for your kind answers.

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 07:30 AM

Can’t say whether the Jennings or Irwins are better but I have an incomplete set of vintage Irwins with one Jennings stuck in there. I just need to pick up a #6 and #15 somewhere. Still need to clean and sharpen them. You can get an auger file on Amazon.

-- Rick M,

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