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03-20-2013 08:54 PM

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I am purchasing a Drill press here shortly and wanting to get a nice set of brad point drill bits. I am wondering what would be a good set to last a long time.

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 09:02 PM

This is a very nice HSS set from Lee Valley.

I also have a few of these, for drilling into end grain of denser woods for dowels and such.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 09:02 PM

I often use my regular titanium drill bits for wood and metal,as long as they are sharp and don’t walk when starting a hole,they do the job for me.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 09:04 PM

Regular twist bits can do fine, as long as they don’t wander (which they tend to do without a pilot punch). The nice thing about brad points is that the center point helps to prevent the wandering in the first place. Also, the side spurs score the outer hole rim for a cleaner cut.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 09:11 PM

I like the ones at Woodcraft. Nice German made sets are available…

-- Syd Sellers Old woodturners never die, they just keep chipping away!

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 11:08 PM

Twist drills will never cut as clean a hole as a brad point or forstner when drilling cross-grain. Twist bits do well in end grain but even there parabolic tip bits are better. Twist bits are readily available and easy to sharpen so many use them but they are really for metal workers.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 11:19 PM

I purchased a set at Harbor Freight some years ago and have bever been happier.The main thing is to keep them sharp. You will never go back to ordinary twist drills for woodwork.

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#7 posted 03-20-2013 11:25 PM

I like the ones from WOODCRAFT stay away from the HF ones I thought I would give them a try and after using once they were dull

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#8 posted 03-21-2013 01:54 AM

I like the boxed set of 28 from Lee Valley as it gives me a lot more options with bits and I won’t have to turn around and buy all the individual ones. I am hesitant of the WOODCRAFT the woodriver brand has some bad customer reviews and the german made have no customer reviews and don’t come in big set.

What does everyone think about this?

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#9 posted 03-21-2013 02:02 AM

My Porter Cable set from Lowes has worked better than I expected and has stayed sharp!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-21-2013 11:47 AM

I bought the Lee Valley set, and am really impressed with how good they are. You can’t go wrong with them.

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

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#11 posted 03-21-2013 05:54 PM

Fred I think you really helped me making my mind up. I think that I am going to go with the Lee Valley set. I was told that when I started looking for a drill press to make sure that you get a nice set of brad point drill bits. It will make the drill press work even better. Thanks again everyone for all the comments.

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#12 posted 03-21-2013 05:57 PM

I have a HF set that has worked quite well, but if I had my wish, I’d have the good Lee Valley ones, I just can’t spend that much to replace something I’ve already got right now.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#13 posted 03-21-2013 06:15 PM

I bought a set of 8 or 16 I believe from Sears.
At least for me, I have never needed a wood working bit any more precise than 1/16th increments.
Mine are HSS.
You should also get yourself a set of regular twist drills through 1/2 inch, and a set of Forstner bits.
I’m happy with the quality I get at Sears.

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#14 posted 03-21-2013 06:50 PM

I have a set from Peachtree Woodworking, works great. Even better I bought on a half price sale.

-- Chris K

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#15 posted 03-21-2013 08:41 PM

Standard fractional drill bit sets contain 29 drill bits, ranging from 1/16” to 1/2” in 1/64” increments I think most woodworkers only use a few sizes. I have many drill sets over the years where most of the drill bits have never been used. There are only a few sizes that I use regularily, so now I buy high quality bits in only the sizes I use most often. That saves a lot of money. I would buy an inexpensive set and after a time, you will discover the sizes you use the most. I would then replace those with good quality ones. A 1/2” bit is commonly used, but a 31/64” or 15/32”?

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