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Old 05-09-2009, 10:23 AM
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I am a mechanic/fabricator and work with 18-11g mettle and am looking for good drill bits. What do you like matco snap-on craftsman?

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For 18 to 11 ga. metal you just can't beat a a good step drill. These, like most bits, come in different grades and about the best I have used is the Irwin Cobalt but there are some cheaper ones out there.


http://www.irwin.com/irwin/consumer/...IrwinCat100138



http://www.irwin.com/irwin/consumer/...kuid=BM10239CB


If you want regular bits then Triumph Twist Drill bit is the best for the dollar IMO

http://www.ttdonlineusa.com/sandvik/...e?opendocument


These can be bought here,

www.use-enco.com

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I use lifetime gaurentee vermont american's... but then, I'm not a professional and if they dull. the hardware down the street honors the warranty no questions asked
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2nd the step drill. Twist drills grab and tear in that thin of metal. I use steps in material up to 3/16"
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I use lifetime gaurentee vermont american's...


Have you looked at where those things are made now? They would more appropriately be called "Vermont CHINESE" these days!
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Have you looked at where those things are made now? They would more appropriately be called "Vermont CHINESE" these days!
I havn't bought or turned any in on warranty in an a while... regardless, as long as they maintain lifetime warranty I'll continue to use and warranty the 1's I have.
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I havn't bought or turned any in on warranty in an a while... regardless, as long as they maintain lifetime warranty I'll continue to use and warranty the 1's I have.

They are decent bits I was just growling about them moving to China. I always thought they were a good bit for the price and it plainly said made in USA on the front of the package, until recently that is. Someone here pointed out they had moved manufacturing to China and I had noticed that the packaging was different, sure enough they have jumped ship and gone to China!
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yea I know.. I probably won't buy any more, but as long as that warranty still stands I'll keep getting new 1's for free ... oh, and I still have a few in the package.. plainly marked Made in USA, so whenever I bought them ( could be a couple of years ) they were still US made
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yea I know.. I probably won't buy any more, but as long as that warranty still stands I'll keep getting new 1's for free ... oh, and I still have a few in the package.. plainly marked Made in USA, so whenever I bought them ( could be a couple of years ) they were still US made


Maybe off the subject of drill bits but for "made in USA" time is running out for the good home-grown Vise Grips. They have moved manufacturing to China also but the USA ones are still to be found in the stores, they are going fast however! I ordered a nice set from Enco (still on sale right now with free shipping over $25 till the end of this month) and picked up a couple more at Lowes a few days ago.

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I've used the snapon bits but those would dull after a couple times off drilling through a frame. I started using matco turbo bits and they work just as good as they were new after several frame jobs.
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I bought a Drill Doctor and quit buying drill bits.

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Cleveland drills are the best drills I have ever used...period. They are expensive for a reason.
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You can get cheaper bits or you can get expensive bits, but if you don't know the material(s) that you are drilling or the speeds and pressure you should be drilling at, then that $7.00 bit isn't any better than that $1.59 bit. I've stood and watched guys burn up bit after bit on a piece of stainless and I showed them how to go through it with a cheap bit. A Drill Doctor and a cheaper set of drills can last for years.
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You can get cheaper bits or you can get expensive bits, but if you don't know the material(s) that you are drilling or the speeds and pressure you should be drilling at, then that $7.00 bit isn't any better than that $1.59 bit. I've stood and watched guys burn up bit after bit on a piece of stainless and I showed them how to go through it with a cheap bit. A Drill Doctor and a cheaper set of drills can last for years.

True, but you do have to admit that a HF set (buddy of mine from maintenance bought them) is absolute JUNK. His set was the "high end" from them, and honestly, you could drill a hole in your foot trying to drill a hole in a wall. We could tilt a slab in the shop to a 45 degree angle, and the bit would slide, not roll, off it. I have a few Irwin bits, a set of DeWalt, and a set of Craftsman Split Point bits. So far, so good. Except the occasional 1/8" I break.....



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True, but you do have to admit that a HF set (buddy of mine from maintenance bought them) is absolute JUNK.
In a while, Chet.


Actually those things are almost comical, I had a guy show me the set he bought and half the things were not even straight and would wobble!
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