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 Post subject: Drill bit question ?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:38 pm 
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Thought I`d ask the engineers on here which hss drill bits to buy as running low on my selection.

Bought some very small ones from china .

Just know that for 3mm up I would like some decent ones.

Any particular make ?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:39 pm 
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TOPGUMM wrote:
Thought I`d ask the engineers on here which hss drill bits to buy as running low on my selection.

Bought some very small ones from china .

Just know that for 3mm up I would like some decent ones.

Any particular make ?

Back in my day, the best twist drills were Presto and Dormer, both made in Sheffield. I have no idea where to find that kind of quality these days I'm afraid.

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 Post subject: Re: Drill bit question ?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:12 pm 
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How about Heller , German ? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-X-Heller- ... SwfWFewpWB

Would rather buy British lOl


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 2:31 pm 
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Heller drills are quite good. I use them in my shop...but german 😉


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 Post subject: Re: Drill bit question ?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 6:37 pm 
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China? :roll: Try Bosch

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 Post subject: Re: Drill bit question ?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:46 pm 
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Dusty wrote:
China? :roll: Try Bosch

Most of their products are made in Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, and China but there are still some products manufactured in Europe; specifically Germany and Switzerland .
Same minefield as bearings .


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 Post subject: Re: Drill bit question ?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 12:19 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Drill bit question ?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:05 am 
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Nutah wrote:
"Buy cheap buy shit...spend a bit get better kit" :mrgreen:

For shit jobs in wood the tiny chinky drills are ok.
The trouble is paying more for something doesn`t always mean you get the best nowadays with all the cowboyos out there in internet land.
Same goes for insurance , tradespeople, etc not being fit for purpose til you`ve bought it .
In the building trade the cost of materials is on the up again and you spend a lot of time explaining your costs whilst trying to keep competitive.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:20 pm 
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me thinks, that lots of prices are on the up , suppliers , need to recoup some of the covid costs , ppe , hand gel , screens ...ect. some how .

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 3:33 pm 
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Hertel makes real good HSS bits for the money. I have a set of theirs with cobalt and they bite in real good on plain carbon steel and last and tolerate heat generation from drilling thick stuff without hardening and becoming brittle, though it's still recommended to spray cutting fluid. I rarely use stainless steel at the house but they do the trick.

A handful of bits get used way more than others but it's not a big deal when you have a bit sharpener so you can sharpen them down to a golf pencil size if needed. Only the tips ever dull. The flutes don't cut, just carry chips. Lots of people just throw them away when they don't dig in anymore.

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 Post subject: Re: Drill bit question ?
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TOPGUMM wrote:
Nutah wrote:
"Buy cheap buy shit...spend a bit get better kit" :mrgreen:

For shit jobs in wood the tiny chinky drills are ok.
The trouble is paying more for something doesn`t always mean you get the best nowadays with all the cowboyos out there in internet land.
Same goes for insurance , tradespeople, etc not being fit for purpose til you`ve bought it .
In the building trade the cost of materials is on the up again and you spend a lot of time explaining your costs whilst trying to keep competitive.

In the US, lumber has nearly tripled in price. Steel is holding faily well, maybe seen a 5% increase in SS and carbon. Aluminum is up 10% from last fall. Saw blades (circular and band) have almost doubled. But it's still best to spend the money on the blades if you can, you can replace shit bands at a rate 5X faster than a good one.

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