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Old 10-08-2017, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I'm on the fence about getting a Drill Doctor... Seems like most people that get one are glad they did and wish they had gotten it sooner. However, I'm questioning whether I'm at a point where I really need one, or if I just like the idea of getting more tools... What do you think, when is a Drill Doctor worth it? Also, which model would you recommend? I don't have anything bigger than a 1/2 inch, but I wonder if I'll regret not having the 750x in the future.
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I use mine a good bit when I've got the shop up and running. I like its ease of use.

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So ..... what's wrong with just getting more tools?

Anyway, it's always nice to be able to touch up your drill bits to perfection each time you use them.
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I use mine several times a week. I upgraded to the 750 recently and really like it. Since getting a HF set of bits I sharpen each one before using it. Its surprising how much better they are after.
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I have a 8 or 9 year old 750 and recommend it. They allow for split points and can do up to 3/4 inch. Split points prevent wandering when starting.
Also, Adjustable point angles from 115 to 140.

Split points and angle choices make it worth it in the long run.
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Use it several times a week. Just need to observe the instructions.
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I don't know how many pens you have made (you joined IAP only last month ! ) or how many you plan to make.

A few high quality drill bits (like Norseman) will last you a lo-o-o-o-o-o-ng time without sharpening.

But when it does come time to sharpen, I believe (from previous and now forgotten research) that the DD 750X is worth the extra few $$ compared to the other models.

I have a 750X but I rarely use it except when a drill bit gets really buggered by trying to enlarge a hole in hardened tool steel or something like that.

I bought Norseman drill bits 8 years ago when I started pen turning, have made about 1000 pens, and have had to sharpen only one of them (due to the above reason ! ). . I have drilled through every possible pen blank material except Tru-stone or similar.
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I will also give thumbs up to the 750. The extra size is well worth it. There are a number of kits the use bits larger than 1/2".
You won't regret the upgrade.
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Since I've got Drill Doctor, I've stopped having problems with drilling (99% of a time).
It's a must unless you can sharpen a drill bit freehand. I can't.

And some materials will dull your drill bits in just one blank. Trustone is not that bad (but it will dull drills in few blanks), but any bone or, heck, ivory - is a killer to a drill.
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+1 for the 750 model.

My reasons: Small standard-sized drill bits are cheap to buy replacements, but once you get up to the larger sizes they are too expensive to throw away when they get dull.

Plus IMO it's more important to have larger bits sharp, since I'm using them to make (a) more expensive pens, with (b) more expensive blanks (burls, exotics, etc) which I do not want to mess up with a dull drill bit.
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