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#1 posted 08-23-2016 10:01 PM

Ah, the drill bit set. I bought the HF set (29 bits, I think) of cobalt drills. I use these a lot, and the cobalt are the best (really, the only) bits for stainless steel. There are ways to drill stainless with ordinary high speed drills, but they involve solutions that lubricate and cool simultaneously. Canned milk is one example). Cobalt is much better, as it can withstand high heat.

So, anyhow, they have held up as well as the expensive sets at my local hardware store, though I do continue to buy those when I need to replace an individual bit. Cobalt bits tend to be somewhat brittle, so there is breakage, but that seems to be about the same with both drill sources.

I had read a review of the HF drills on this site which denigrated them. I shrugged off this review, thinking to form my own judgement. I have found them to be equal in quality, as well as much cheaper

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