|Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker||posted 10-14-2013 11:44 PM||817 views||1 time favorited||12 replies|
10-14-2013 11:44 PM
Where do you guys buy single bits to replace bits in a set?
I’ve looked around a lot, but still not sure where to buy decent single bits from a reputable source.
I have 4 sets of bits:
1. Forstner Bits – good quality – (none needed)
2. Brad Point Bits – decent quality (a couple of bits needed)
3. A high-quality bit set that I use for “good” work. (a couple of bits needed)
4. A regular ole’ set of about 30 bits that I have had for many years and are just fine for carpentry. I also use these on the Drill Press. I just keep running these though my Drill Doctor. Many bit sizes are missing.
I have found that I use about 1/4 of the bits in these sets kinda regularly.
I use another 1/4 of the bits rarely, but I want them when I need them.
Half of these bits almost never get used. The reason many of the bits in this category even get used at all is because I am missing the bit I want/need, and I end up going up a size or down a size.
BTW, all of us are missing the first 5-6 tiny bits in our sets. Right?
And, they are not missing becasue we used them up. They are missing becasue we busted them cuz they are so small. !!!
I found the answer to this problem.
Harbor Freight carries a $1.95 set of small, tiny bits.
I bought about 5 of these sets, combined them all by size and put them in separate containers by diameter.
I cannot tell you how handy that is.
The largest of the small bits I keep this way are 1/8th (which is the largest in the set). Perfect for many of the pilot holes I need.
And all the rest of these tiny bits (about 5 sizes or so) all have smaller diameters, so they do get SMALL.
And, now I do not care if a set is missing the first few tiny bits.
I just go to the “Tiny Bit” rack.
But, I really would appreciate some recommendations as to where to buy:
1) Good single bits and
2) Real Good single bits.
-- We must all walk our own green mile