Sharpening Bradpoint bits

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Forum topic by Dan58 posted 07-07-2013 02:29 PM 1221 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2013 02:29 PM

Does anyone know if the drill doctor or any other sharpener will sharpen Bradpoint bits? i want to get a good sharpener and a good set of Brad points but not if I can’t sharpen them. Thanks

-- Dan 58 Nebraska

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 03:33 PM

Dan58 – You need to hand sharpen bits with any type of brad or pilot piont. Most if not all sharpening machinec are ment for standard bits. Even then it’s not as good as hand sharpening on a wheel grinder. And IMO the Drill Doctor isn’t any where close to hand sharpening. I used to sharpen bits in a tool & die shop and can do it better and faster than it can. With practice anyone can.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 03:36 PM

You should check out Peter Galbert's blog.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 04:03 PM

Anything other than regular twist bitsme shop

Fwiw we’ve had a drill Dr st an old job and while it looked promising at first I soon found out it was more trouble then helpful. ut it was more trouble then helpful. Like chisels and plane blades learning to free hand sharpening goes a long ways and end up being faster than using any jigs

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 08:40 PM

No; the Drill Doctor will not sharpen brad points. I do have a Drill Doctor and it works fine as long as the drill bits you are sharpening are HSS. Carbon steel bits are fine for woodworking, but cannot be sharpened by any type of grinding machine. The steel is too soft to hold an edge. Brad point bits and spade bits are carbon steel. You can touch them up with a belt sander or carefully with a stone. I agree with Peter Galbert’s grinding method. No matter if you are drilling the sofest wood or the hardest metal, the type of drill used, the material of the drill, the cutting angles and speeds all need to be taken into account.

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#5 posted 07-07-2013 09:28 PM

Harbor Freight has a set of 29 brad point bits for $13.49. They are actually pretty good. And, at that price, when they get dull, you can pitch them and by some new ones.

-- Dave K.

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