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Forum topic by Allanwoodworks posted 04-29-2013 08:38 PM 1639 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2013 08:38 PM

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So I am thinking of getting a set of brad point drill bits. Right now I have a small set of 5 from grizzly and they have done well, but I am thinking of stepping it up to a larger set. Is this something I need or will most of the bits just sit in the case and only use 5 of them. Please let me know what you think and any set that are a good purchase as I know there are a lot of cheep bits out there. Let me know your options.


-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 10:09 PM

I have a cheap carbon steel, 29 pc set I got at HF for almost nothing. They are okay, but if I could work in the shop as much as I want to I’d get a HSS (high speed steel) set, or grind my own from a cheap regular point HSS set.
The ones I find hardest to get and justify the cost are the larger sizes. I picked up a few from 5/8” up to 1” in 1/8” increments, but they are pricey.
Forstner bits are okay for larger sizes but there are times I prefer the brad point bits. The brad points don’t wander as bad.

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 10:37 PM

I bought an indexed set of brad points from HF, they run from 1/8 to 1/2 by 64ths. I could not live without them. I do a lot of doweling and since most dowels are not to spec, I dont have to worry. I use a dowel sizer and just choose the correct bit.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 11:52 PM

I bought the brad points from HF, was not happy. Then I found one of those boxes of drills, all brad points, from 3/32 up through 3/8. Sometimes you see them in Woodcraft. You get a few of each size. Titanium coated, they are now my go-to set. If I have to use a bigger bit, I still pull out the HF set and cringe. I’ll use a forstner if the size is right before I’ll use my HF set.
On the other hand, with an often repeated $9.99 coupon, I’ve bought three sets of titanium coated HF 29 piece twist drill sets that go to 1/2”, and they have been wonderful. Go figure.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 11:57 PM

HF has two different sets of brad point bits – a 5-piece set and the larger one to which jumbojack referred. Seems like they’d be the same quality but they’re not – the larger set is superior.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 02:38 AM

One of the bits I had in the set had some run out issues. I purchased a single to replace it. All the others are pretty to very good. Oh I had to replace the 1/4” one too but that was through my error. Had it set in horizontal and brought the bit down on the table and bent it. It had a full 1/2” run out. My bad.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 04-30-2013 02:51 AM

I actually have forest city brad points. I know you can get them through highland woodworking . I didn’t think I needed a better set then dewalt or Irwin’s from the big box stores, but I am happy with these!

-- -Joshuah

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#7 posted 04-30-2013 04:02 AM

These are really nice HSS brad points from LV. The 28 piece set is not cheap, but is a very complete set.

These carbide tipped bits are great for tougher jobs.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#8 posted 04-30-2013 05:06 AM

Machine grade cobalt bits are good ones as well, but I haven’t found
brad point cobalt drill bits.

Cobalt bits in the avionic industry are top shelf too.

+1 for nwbusa.

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#9 posted 04-30-2013 05:17 AM HSS, and replace individual sizes with carbide when the HSS get dull.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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