Where can I get good twist drills?

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Where can I get good twist drills?

Post by David_W » Mon Apr 07, 2003 7:11 am

Hi folks,
I need to quit trying to get decent results using my old dull, beat-up drills. What is a good source for new drills of good quality for a reasonable price? I would go for a "115 piece set" which I see here and there but don't know whose are any good. Also, any recommendations for single drills which will be used a lot (like tap drills for common sizes)? "Kryptonite plated?"
Thanks for any ideas.

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Re: Where can I get good twist drills?

Post by BillSct » Mon Apr 07, 2003 7:54 am

Maybe what you need is a drill sharpener.

Here's a link to Drill Doctor.
Drill Doctor

Here's a link to Darex

I bought a reconditioned M3 from them years ago

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Re: Where can I get good twist drills?

Post by Ralph_Monroe_Mi » Mon Apr 07, 2003 12:15 pm

I bought a 115 pc uncoated usa made set from J&L on sale for just under $100. I see it repeated in their sales catalogs several times a year. I'm satisfied with it and it is a luxury to go to the index and get the right drill for the job.

But I don't use those drill unless it's in the mill, lathe, or drill press. I have a couple other partial indexes around that I keep my everyday drills in and a couple boxes of multiples that see duty in my hand helds.

That being said, I think its important to learn how to sharpen drills with a grinding wheel by hand using a drill angle gage.
The day I learned, I came home that night and sharpened a coffee can of dull drills. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to force a dull drill thru metal. There are few things more pleasing than watching a drill you sharpened throw off two strands of equal chips.

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Re:You can get good twist drills at....

Post by Mosey » Mon Apr 07, 2003 5:20 pm

Go to the MSC catalog and order drill sets that are made in America. They are listed in order of increasing quality and price from left to right. I understand that all of the made in USA ones are made by
Cleveland Twist Drill under several brand names. They are VERY good. You will be pleased.

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Re: Where can I get good twist drills?

Post by Bstigall » Mon Apr 07, 2003 11:33 pm

Drill bits made by Lawson Products, we us them at work and are the toughest bits we have found, they will drill thought a saw blade and are self centering.

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Re: Where can I get good twist drills?

Post by Sam_E » Tue Apr 08, 2003 10:01 am

Called Lawson to get a price quote and got a royal run around. The last person I talked to said I would have to register before I could talk to a sales rep.

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Re: Where can I get good twist drills?

Post by LEW_BEST » Tue Apr 08, 2003 9:53 pm

Hi Dave

MSC runs their "made in USA" sets on sale several times a year for around $40 for 1/16th turough 1/2" sets. I've been VERY atisfied with them!

Found once that they also had the numbered & lettered sets at a big discount. Far cheaper than a full 115 piece set; only disadvantage is that they're in 3 separate indexes instead of one. I think it's MSC that has quite a nice discount on their Drill Doctors (about $125 right now).



Have seen the Lawson bits at trade show

Post by Skeeter5000 » Tue Apr 08, 2003 9:56 pm

This rep. drilled a harden bolt with a hand drill and it went though fast. I was impressed.

I have a coulpe of complete drill sets on hand (new) or I would have pick one up. Not any more expensive that Williams or Bendix.


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Re: Where can I get good twist drills?

Post by Rangerod » Mon Apr 14, 2003 11:29 pm

I have to agree with Ralph_Monroe_Mi. My instructor in high school made me sharpen every single drill bit in the shop. At the time I hated him for but sure have appreciated it ever since. Drill grinding machines are nice if you have to, just my two bits [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif"%20alt="[/img]

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