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

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 07:57 PM

Yes I was comparing the Lee Valley single bit to the Rockler/Woodcraft single bits, for the price difference between those three I’d go with the well known quality option.

I can’t say anything about the grizzly bits because I’ve never used them myself. If you want a single high quality bit that will cut cleanly and last a long time (barring nails :D) the lee valley is a “good deal” dollars for pain free holes drilled. I do agree its not really comparable with the price on the grizzly set, so I think its a question of how much you care about the guaranteed quality.

I would also say that I’ve come around from trying to get sets of tools more and have gone more towards paying a little more for the one tool I really need. If you don’t need the other three sizes they don’t really “add value” so you are still (effectively) paying $20 for one bit if that is the only one you use. This has enabled me to have fewer tools (and less clutter.. well.. the clutter issue is a work in progress e_e) of higher quality which means they often work better, I get better results and in the end.. I think I’m actually spending less money.

Not discouraging you from going ahead and trying the grizzly set, it may well work perfectly but I can see the grinding marks in the zoom in picture of the larger bit at the end of it. So personally I wouldn’t expect an exceptionally clean hole. If you are seriously budget constrained it might be worth the chance as worst case you’ll have some long drill bits you can use in the cases where the length is useful but the cut quality isn’t (assuming the worst which may well not be true).

The number of holes you are talking about drilling is de minimis so I’d expect any of these bits to last you many many years.

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