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221 days ago

I feel like I’ve asked this before but forgotten the answer. So here it is again. This time I promise to write it down.
I have a few of these bits. They are some sort or drill bit, or maybe milling bit or router bit.
I think they are carbide because they are much heavier than regular drill bits of the same size. The finish on them is also much better than any drill bit I’ve ever had. The shank is very shiny and smooth and then where the flutes start it is a grayer color but still incredibly smooth like it was precision ground.
This one is 1/4” thick, 2.75” long.
It’s the flutes that are unique. There are two of them, directly opposite each other and perfectly straight, no twist.
Any ideas?
Thanks
Joe

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darthford

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#1 posted 221 days ago

Reamer?

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JustJoe

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#2 posted 221 days ago

No I’ve got a bajillion reamers I’ve pulled out of machinist chests. They have many more flutes that are sharp on both sides.

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#3 posted 221 days ago

CNC bits ?

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yag113

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#4 posted 221 days ago

I have some too and would also like to know. What are CNC bits?

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Kaleb the Swede

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#5 posted 221 days ago

Is it one of those router bits meant for a drill press? I don’t know, I saw that in an old woodworking book in the library. I could be totally wrong though

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JustJoe

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#6 posted 221 days ago

I think I found them:
http://www.grainger.com/product/CHICAGO-LATROBE-Straight-Stub-Drill-6WUG3?s_pp=false

They aren’t cheap that’s for sure, but even reading the description I don’t understand why I’d use these instead of a regular bit:

“Non-Ferrous Material, Hardened Material, Stainless Steel And Normally Limited To 2 x Diameter Drilling Depths”

I’m guessing non-ferrous is plastic or brass/aluminum? I’ve got bits made for aluminum and they are the opposite – twisted flutes with even more of a twist than a normal bit.
And limited to 2x diameter means the 1/4” bit can only go down 1/2”? That’s not a lot for $35 bucks apiece.

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racerglen

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#7 posted 221 days ago

Yag, CNC bits are for those computer operated rigs, milling and carving machines.
Joe those are some very pricey little bits alright ! Maybe somebody else can step up with a better idea of why ?

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#8 posted 221 days ago

Tip looks almost like a “Star” drill. Maybe a small hole for a tapcon? Maybe chuck it into a hammer drill, and drill some concrete? The old star drills were quite long, and used with a 3 pound drilling hammer. Thank God, Hilti came along….

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#9 posted 221 days ago

I can see the solid carbide for stainless steel, the bit would stay sharp for a long time, and if you ever tried
to drill stainless with a dull bit, only to harden it and make it almost impossible to drill you would understand.
Being carbide they are also brittle and not for amateur use unless the amateur has way more money than
sense. Never knew they existed, now I have one more wonderful piece of knowledge to misfile.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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JustJoe

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#10 posted 221 days ago

I’ve worked with stainless steel on the lathe, but haven’t drilled it much. I’ll throw these in a drawer with a note saying what they’re for. I’ll probably never use them but at least my heirs won’t be guessing when they have to wade through the piles-o-cr@p I call my tool collection.

thanks
Joe

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#11 posted 221 days ago

we used to use these for drilling concrete, it is arm and hammer powered, we called it a star drill

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REO

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#12 posted 221 days ago

two uses I know of are for PC board, G10,G3, LE and other composite drilling. the other is drilling a pierced hole to final size. the edge of a pierced hole is rolled in on one edge and micro fractured on the other, because there is no “lip” on the flute it makes it much more durable and can handle the work hardening and drill thin material without the typical pointy deformed holes. these have to be used in a rigid set up not a hand drill. they can be used to drill holes in hardened materials like tool handles as well. don’t pound on it with a hammer! although they are hard they will shatter somewhat easily!

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JustJoe

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#13 posted 221 days ago

Thanks for more info REO. Smitty they might look like star-drills from the side but they definitely aren’t when you look at them from the business end. They only have two flutes, and those flutes are razor sharp. From the bottom it looks like two triangles with one piont from each touching the other. A star-bit for a hammer-drill looks like a cross on the bottom.

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#14 posted 221 days ago

this is a straight drill similar to a d-bit. it is used in higher precision applications and when you don’t want the materials being drilled to be pulled by the twist-drill-bits. needs more attention as it can clog more easily than a twist drill – this is not your everyday drill bit for random projects.

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JustJoe

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#15 posted 221 days ago

I’m thinking these bits probably belong over in the “machinist” pile then, and not in the woodworking stuff.

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