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05-25-2020 01:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: brad point bits

I know there are some past discussions on brad point bits but they seem years old so I though I would ask the question again. What brad point bits do you guys use/recommend? I’m a hobbyist with 2 little kids so these are not for production nor will they see heavy use regularly. I recently bought a cheap set and once chucked into my drill press the runout was unreal. So I’m not looking to break the bank but I’m not afraid to spend a little more on quality since this purchase should last me quite a long time.


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#1 posted 05-25-2020 01:19 PM

These ones are great. I use my cheap ones for rough work and these where I want and need accuracy and appearance.

-- Darrel

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#2 posted 05-25-2020 02:20 PM

Fisch are excellent bits and a set of 29 can be had for under $100.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 05-25-2020 02:31 PM

i like THIS SET are you sure its not the press causing runout ? :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 05-25-2020 02:45 PM

Watch woodcraft. Every once in while they run a sale on a big red box full of several sizes. Not sure the brand and I don’t see it on their website, but its a big red box full of them. They’ve worked for me and I never have to run to the store looking for a different size. They seem to come around about twice per year.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#5 posted 05-25-2020 04:06 PM

These Montana brand bits are pretty good, and USA made and affordable. But I favor the LV set linked above, the lipped bits.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 05-25-2020 09:01 PM

I have a set of Wood River bits. Every one of them wobbles. Some more than others. I checked my press and I even rebuilt my chuck. My press has a TIR of .005. No change. I can put these in a hand held drill and they wobble as well. I’ve thought about buying LV but I don’t use them enough to justify the cost.

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#7 posted 05-25-2020 09:35 PM

Lee Valley HSS are my favorites.

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#8 posted 05-25-2020 09:53 PM

Here is an amazon link the the Fisch set. I am using there wave cutter forstner bits and love them.

I have a 29 piece set of brad points from MLCS. About 5 years old and working great.
They no longer have that set. Today its a 25 piece set for about $55.
Same drill index storage box. And it sucks. Very hard to read the bit sizes on the back row.
I really like the index on the Fisch brand.
Never had a bad tool from Lee valley. but a little outside of my budget.

-- John

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#9 posted 05-26-2020 01:43 AM

My local lumberyard only carries quality tools. They have 2 sets of brad points, both by Fisch. I got the smaller cheaper set that was like $30ish. The other set was around $100. Chris Schwarz recommends getting ones that don’t have the colored flutes, these $30 ones due but they are far and away better than the ones I got from the big box store.

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#10 posted 05-26-2020 02:24 AM

Thanks for the responses. What would you say the difference is between the Lee Vally HSS bits and the high carbon steel ones. Im guessing from what I have read about Lee Vally on here that even with their cheaper set I shouldn’t have to worry about the bits not being straight. I just with they had a set of the HSS ones. It seems like they have limited selection right now.

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#11 posted 05-26-2020 10:13 AM

The Lee Valley cuts the cleanest holes I’ve seen with brad points. I have a few Fisch and the Montana set I mentioned above, but the LV lipped set still cut more cleanly. They seem to be extremly lonf-lived as well; I’ve had my set for probably 15 years or more and they still do just fine. The Fisch bits I only have the longer ones) are almost certainly just as high in quality, but without the longer spurs the LV set has they don’t cut quite as cleanly…at least in my experience.

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#12 posted 05-26-2020 02:40 PM

I have some Fisch brad-points that I bought individually and a small set of DeWalt ones. Both work fine, run true and seem to have good life expectancy. Both are HSS. I don’t use brad points all that often though so take it for what it’s worth.

Edit to add: Does the set you have have 3 flats ground on the shank? If so, make sure those flats are aligned to the fingers in the DP chuck or you will have severe runout.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 05-26-2020 04:25 PM

Fisch are excellent bits and a set of 29 can be had for under $100.

- Rich

What Rich said.
I just got a nice set as a gift for my birthday. Love em’

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#14 posted 05-26-2020 04:42 PM

I have been buying brad point bits from Tools for Woodworking, see:

Brad Points Drill Bits for Hardwood

They are made in the USA and are high quality. Available, in sets and individually, as well as metric.

-- Bob Hinden / San Francisco Bay Area

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#15 posted 05-27-2020 10:12 PM

So I was reading another topic and this web site was listed. They have the miter squares. They start at $150. Wow. That’s a lot for a square.

-- John

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