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Old 12-01-03, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Anyone know about drill bits?

I'm wanting to get my hubby some drill bits (I broke a couple of em), and its for xmas....

My question, are all drill bits created equal? Like are they all basically standard?

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better metal will give you better quality. of course you get what you pay for.
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Some have different purposes as well. You can probably find a nice set for a reasonable price at any hardware store. The people there will be more likely to have the answers you're looking for too.
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wanna really impress him.......two words....lee valley
lee vally make the most incredible tools out there......go to www.leevalley.com if your hubby is a wood worker you shopping troubles for him are over.
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Really depends what you're drilling. Wood or metal?
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The ones I broke were wood ones.
He's got a pretty extensive set, so I don't want to buy a big one, just a small to medium sized set. A couple of his other bits are dull, so it would be nice to get a set from small to large sizes but not alot of pieces. He doesn't need a 72piece set....more something like a 20 piece set.
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If that's the case you might want to look into a bit sharpener instead... they make some that will even repair broken bits...
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Old 12-02-03, 06:18 PM   #8 (permalink)
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hey, tell you what look for some Cobalt-or titanium drill bits. I was a single mom for awhile and had to figure this stuff out for myself.
Canadian Tire usually has sales on sets at this time of year for a great price.
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Mmmm, Lee Valley! (a la Homer Simpson)

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Speaking of Canadian Tire,
Did you guys get that 12 volt cordless drill for 29.99$ plus taxes?
I went to 2 canadian tires, and both were out of stock but the 2nd store offered me the 100$ value one for the same price, so I took 2.
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For the drills, it depends what he will use them for, metal, wood, plexyglass......
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Best all around multi-purpose bits- titanium, regular point.
If he's drilling steel a lot, cobalt is worth the extra $$.
Brad point are great but for wood only, so not as versatile.

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Yeah, I buy this kind of stuff all the time.
Lizard Mom, Jeff Hathaway, Siretsap, are right on the money...
Lee Valley is great but a tad overkill for the average occasional user.. Its like recommending SNAP ON TOOLS for a guy that uses a wrench once a year.(too much investment for too little payback)

Get him a decent set of standard "twist" bits..
Cobalt , Titanium, or simply HSS(high speed steel)will make the average guy
quite happy
Canadian Tire, and Home Depot often have good deals on full sets, in metal boxes....
Get him a decent set in a box.... It's hard to wrong as long as you're spending 40 bucks and up.
I buy sets for my shop at work.
I've got complete sets of HSS bits for as low as 25 bucks. I look for the Can Tire specials....Sure they don't last as long, but define long?? We'll use bits at least once a week for a year...by then they are dull... but weigh that against the investment...
I chuck the entire box and give the staff a new one. We have bit sharpeners but they suck, and take time... Replacing standard bits is better economy
Titanium bits are sharp but brittle... If they get stuck in metal stock , they snap,quicker than a Ritz cracker in the jaws of a monitor ... so sharpness has a price, and that is fragility...

My recommendation for average household and herper use...
A middle of the road set of HSS twist bits...
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