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Posted on grizzly h7695 6 pc giant brad point bit set?

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 03:24 AM

I suspect Rum was talking about the single Lee Valley 3/4” bit was slightly more than the Rockler and Woodcraft bits. About $30 v.s. $18 – $20.

But the Lee Valley bits are great bits and they are HSS which will stay sharp 10X longer than the carbon steel bits from Rockler or Woodcraft. They also have different shaped entry lips which slice the fibers as the bit enters the surface and make very clean holes.

I don’t think anyone really picked up on the point that the OP was comparing single bits from Rockler and Woodcraft to a set of six bits from Grizzly for about the same price. At least, no one mentioned this in their responses.

I agree that Forstner bits are the way to go for large holes, but I really like brad points for deep holes where I need to be sure the hole is absolutely straight. A Forstner can wander; and so will a spade bit.

I have a set of COLT twin land, brad point bits (from Woodcraft) and that is what I drilled my dog holes with. They work well, but I wish I had known about the Lee Valley bits before I got these. I think Woodcraft has discontinued these so maybe it’s a moot point anyway.

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