Brad point or conical point bits for drill press use

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Forum topic by groland posted 05-04-2017 03:12 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-04-2017 03:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: brad point or conical point bits in drill presses

I have recently purchased my first new drill press and it has prompted this question. Is there any preference or benefit to using standard conical-point bits as opposed to brad point bits in a drill press?


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#1 posted 05-04-2017 03:14 PM

Brad points usually have spurs that will cut a much cleaner hole in wood. Conical points are best used when working with metal.

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#2 posted 05-04-2017 03:18 PM

I use brad point and forstner bit for a nice clean hole. Standard bit when I just need a hole and don’t git a rip what it looks like. One trick I learned sometime ago and have found it very valuable is to use a square point awl for a small pilot hole no matter which drill bit I use.

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#3 posted 05-04-2017 03:33 PM

+1 on previous postings. Brad points and forstners except for metal.

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#4 posted 05-04-2017 03:37 PM

Conical = twist bit. You’ll want some eventually. Keep an eye on the hot deals thread and snag a high quality US made set at chinesium prices.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 05-04-2017 03:57 PM

If you need a very accurate and clean hole, use a brad point.

If you just need a hole, use a twist bit. No reason to wear out and dull the brad points unnececessarily.

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#6 posted 05-04-2017 08:45 PM

We have fractional sets, number sets, and don’t forget about the letter set of bits!
Aren’t you glad you are a woodworker ….... and all you really need are fractional?
But what type of fractional?
  • Twist bit’s
  • Auger bits
  • Nail buster auger bits
  • Ship auger bits
  • Forstner bits
  • Self feed bits
  • Bradpoint bits
  • Spade bits

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#7 posted 05-04-2017 09:57 PM

I grind my own brad bits from standard twist drills.

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