Drill guides, which one

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Forum topic by Knockonit posted 07-19-2021 01:22 AM 463 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2021 01:22 AM

So had a friend ask me which one to purchase, and frankly i had no information but advised i’d ask around, while i have had the need to utilize one on more than one occasion, i never explored purchasing one.
so after reviewing some items, here is what i came up with a few manuf. i found

precision drill guide.

so who has had experience with one or all, or an alternative.
thanks ahead of time for sharing
Rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#1 posted 07-19-2021 01:38 AM

I have a big gator v drill. Use it almost daily. Good quality, American made.

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#2 posted 07-19-2021 02:08 AM

i bought the Wolfcraft because i needed to drill angled holes for iron balusters while redoing a staircase. it is absolute junk. i got through about 1 section of handrail and bottom and it started wobbling really bad. i took it apart to find out what caused the wobbles and basically the “bushing”, and i use the term loosely, had basically disintegrated. it looks like some kind of pot metal of melted soda cans and beer bottle caps to give it a slight bronzy color. But, geez the thing couldn’t even hold up to drilling probably 30 1/2” holes(using a brand new forstner bit)into poplar. i returned it to Amazon as it was literally the first day I had it, and repurchased. i tried to find replacement bushings made of actual bronze only to find that of course they made their own custom size that nobody sold. so I basically finished the staircase by keeping the bushings lubricated with teflon triflow and only drilling about 5 holes and then letting it cool. still working ok. if it cost $5 more and. came with bronze bushings it would be a great tool. unfortunately the shortcuts and chinesium made it into a 1 star “gimick”

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#3 posted 07-19-2021 02:37 AM

I’ve had one for decades, just a pot metal base and steel rods, probably stainless with a stop. Not terribly accurate but works fine for anything I have needed. I see that now they have springs on the rods which look like a nice improvement but they look almost identical. Buy one of each and send one back if he’s concerned.

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#4 posted 07-19-2021 05:43 AM

btw, here is some pics of what happened to the bushings after drilling 30 holes in poplar:

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#5 posted 07-19-2021 09:11 AM

I like the looks of the Big Gator. It looks like it would hold up better in the long run.

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#6 posted 07-19-2021 09:39 AM

The obvious question is what is he needing it for? Shelf pin spacing? Tubing? Just trying to be strait?

I had the first generation of that sliding jig thing. Threw it away. A solution looking for a problem. It did not tilt. It was much easier to learn how to use a drill for most things, but I can see maybe a few uses. Angled holes I can see, maybe.

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#7 posted 07-19-2021 02:29 PM

My response was in reference to one of the tilting/angle drill guides, perhaps this is for another type?? Shelf pin guide?

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#8 posted 07-19-2021 02:31 PM

i would think not on the shelf pin deal, as he has access to my jigs for that.,

hes doing something on his rebuild of a cris craft older boat, i sometimes don’t ask as i end up assisting to no end, lol, good guy, just doesn’t plan details.

happy monday
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#9 posted 07-19-2021 02:35 PM

My response was in reference to one of the tilting/angle drill guides, perhaps this is for another type?? Shelf pin guide?

- Myles Standridge

you are correct in regards to what the OP was asking for , he mentions the wolfcraft, milescraft, and General i think based on the precision.

personally i would like to try the Rockler as it appears to be an upgrade of the basic premise, but out if my price range for the limited use case i need it for. Pocketpeckers also has one for the low price of a car payment on a Tesla Model 3.

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#10 posted 07-20-2021 12:37 AM

Bought the Milescraft a while back. Not very good quality at all. Bearings were crap and it had a lot of run out. Tried to fix it with minimal success, and haven’t used it since.

Woodpecker Tools has intro’d a new one (not sure it is to market yet), called Auto-Line. If I had the spare cash ($270-ish), I would definitely get that one.

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#11 posted 07-20-2021 12:53 AM

I’ve ordered the Woodpecker one...

Was back ordered and still waiting for delivery… hope to review when it arrives.

Bloody expensive, but looks very versatile and best of all for you… it’s for your “friend” and not your shekels spent.

I’ve used many other guides, bought and shop made… they’re all being used by my “cheap friends” after they raided my scrap bin.

This is all in the quest for an upgrade of my Lazarus Triton built in drill press.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#12 posted 07-22-2021 06:56 AM

You can get a drill bushing from McMaster-Carr. Just match up the size needed.

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#13 posted 07-23-2021 04:39 AM

Milescraft has a plunging guide and a drill block

I bought the drill block for $7 at ACE Hardware and use it quite a lot. It is very handy. No moving parts, easy to use, small enough to fit in your pocket, and gives really good results. Can definitely recommend.

I haven’t heard good things about the plunging guide so I did not buy that particular one. The drill block on the other hand is superb.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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