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Old 10-09-2017, 10:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Well I for one dislike them, i find it too time consuming to get out and set up just to put a fresh edge on a bit. I guess it like a lot of the pro wood turners a lot of them dont use jigs for sharpening their tools where as I do. I guess its all used to what you get used to.
Thats why my Drill Doctor 750X is sitting in the Bash Bank waiting for one of you like people to win it. Infact one of you in this post did win it once but turned it down as he already had one.
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Alright, y'all talked me into it. Now where is a good place to buy drill bits to sharpen? (I realized that most of the bits I already own are brad point.)
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Alright, y'all talked me into it. Now where is a good place to buy drill bits to sharpen? (I realized that most of the bits I already own are brad point.)


You should be happy with it. I reshape brad points to 118* with a split point for drilling blanks. I donít feel like the brad point works well in end grain.
If you donít have a complete set either buy onesies as you need and buy good ones, or you can go cheap and get the HF complete set.
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I am the devil's advocate for this one. I bought a practically new one, and have the newer model at work. I don't like them. Now I am very picky so keep that in mind :). For most pen making and using similar size bits they probably work ok. But for a full range they take too much tinkering to get a good grind. Again, I am picky, I learned to grind by hand very early in my carreer as a machinist, so......
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Alright, y'all talked me into it. Now where is a good place to buy drill bits to sharpen? (I realized that most of the bits I already own are brad point.)
Greg; Here is my take. Get a cheap set of bits. 115 piece Fractional, Letter, and Number bits. Get a metric set of bits too. Sharpen all the ones you use regularly. Each time you use a bit put a sharpie mark on the shank. When you get several marks on a bit, buy a high quality bit. Norseman and Chicago-Latrobe bits are excellent. A long time ago, I swallowed hard and purchased a complete of Chicago-Latrobe bits. <gulp>

I find that often the best fitting drill bit is NOT the one on the instructions. Write down on the instructions the correct drill bit to use with that pen.

Even a cheap bit will perform much better when sharpened on a DD. There is a learning curve with the DD. It takes some time to get good at sharpening. There is a whole technique to sharpening drill bits as Paul said.

115 piece drill bit set.
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Metric set.
Metric Drill Bit Set, TiN Coated, 25 pc. | Grizzly Industrial
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