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Forum topic by MyBrainHurts posted 09-22-2021 03:13 PM 245 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2021 03:13 PM

Hi all,

Just starting out with building up a basic set of hand tools. I recently acquired a used hand brace, but have no auger bits yet.

I found a set of Russell Jennings/Stanley augur bits (13pc. BX-D32 1/2 No. 100RJ, with 3-tier wood box):
Seller is asking $100.

Is that a fair price? From the pics, they seem in pretty good shape, with some rust, but doesn’t look like anything major.

I googled the same thing and seems that is around the range they go for on Ebay.

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#1 posted 09-22-2021 03:27 PM

Anything vintage in a complete set in the original box cost more. If you just want users, you should be able to get them much cheaper. Depends really what you are looking for

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#2 posted 09-22-2021 05:12 PM

Zoom in on the tip threads (Snail?) to see if they are worn. Then look at the wings to see if they have enough meat left from previous sharpening and make sure some idiot hasn’t attempted to file the outside edge. Good deal? I just look at what available and previous sale amounts. Of course that research goes out the window when I get into a bidding frenzy on ebay.

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#3 posted 09-22-2021 06:03 PM

The Russell Jennings bits are made for softwoods or dried hardwoods, and off the top of my head, I don’t know what number designates each. You will pay a premium for these bits.

There are many auger bits available for give away prices that will get you started. You might need to buy an auger file to sharpen them, but the file is pretty cheap and I got my most recent one from Amazon and my earlier ones from Tools for Working Wood and Highland Hardware.

If you have your heart set on RJ bits (I have a set), I would contact an established vintage tool dealer, that knows tools, for the purchase. Don (posted above) is a dealer, another is Patrick Leach and another is Josh Clark/Hyperkitten Tools. Do you need a complete set of bits? I bet most of those three tier boxes, when examined, have maybe 1/3 of the bits never used!

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