|Forum topic by SirSeth||posted 02-09-2013 06:30 PM||2633 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
02-09-2013 06:30 PM
A while ago I asked advice on drill bits. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/45583
I was pointed to Lee Valley brad point bits, which do look great. I noticed that their set of 12 only goes up to 1/4” which seems like a great set if you drill many very small holes, so I was looking for alternatives.
I was about to buy a set of carbide brad point bits from highland woodworking when I saw that Shopsmith makes a basic set that come up on ebay regularly (1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4). So I just won this auction of Shopsmith brad point bits and Allied twist bits ($21.30 shipped):
Does anyone have experience with these bits? Shopsmith stuff is usually good quality. They sell this basic set of 5 for ~$60 on their web site. I figure it doesn’t hurt to try since these would cover some of the larger common sizes that the Lee Valley set doesn’t cover. I couldn’t find any information on the Allied bits that sold with these, and I suspect they are not worth much. Anyone know? Made in Italy might be better than made in China, but you can never tell these days. I really more interested in the Shopsmith bits.
I currently own a set of 16 Hickory Forstner bits which have worked well if I go slow. They are certainly not production bits, but for hobby use they have been good. Otherwise, I have a couple sets of Black and Decker twist drills that I don’t mind abusing.
I’d like to hear your opinions and experience on this. Thanks all.
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