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Old 10-15-2007, 11:30 AM
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Where is a good place to order high quality bits for steel. Im so sick of buying bits from different places that get dull before you get the first hole drilled, or they break off. I have a great drill press, and i always have my speed set slow and use oil. What company can i trust anymore so i dont buy made from china.

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www.use-enco.com These guys have some Chinese bits but they tell you right up front which one's are imported and which are quality made US and European tools.


Mrwood how's the eye? I really hope you are doing better these days.

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I buy good quality industrial grade bits locally from the welding supply store where I buy my welding supplies.
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www.use-enco.com These guys have some Chinese bits but they tell you right up front which one's are imported and which are quality made US and European tools.


Mrwood how's the eye? I really hope you are doing better these days.
The eye is not very good. I have to get within 6 to 8 inches to see any fine details. I can see big objects like a house, but it is way out of focus. It is just getting worse by the month, so wont be much longer that it will be of no use to me. But i have learned to do things in the shop without much if any sight, so i dont let it bother me. Im still welding and using all my power tools. Im just very very carefull. I plan out my day before and if i will be using a certain bit i have my brother put it in the drill or drill press the night before. But there are some things that i have to wait till his days off so he can help me, but i still try to do all the work myself. All my wrenches are hung in order, so i can find the one i want by counting. The local Lions Club got me a voice activated phone, a new walking stick, and some special maginifiers that attach to my glasses so i can see the TV and my computor. I still have to get very close, but at least i can still enjoy them. I was President of this club for 4 years in a row, and that is what they are all about, and that is sight. They help people all over the world to see better. Anyway thats the update on the eye. But dont count me out, as im building one nice parade truck that i think eveyone will like when done. Thank you for asking, as its nice to know someone cares. Also thanks to all of you for the info on the bits.

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Where is a good place to order high quality bits for steel. Im so sick of buying bits from different places that get dull before you get the first hole drilled, or they break off. I have a great drill press, and i always have my speed set slow and use oil. What company can i trust anymore so i dont buy made from china.

Slow is not always what you want when drilling steel. A 1/8 drill should run 3000 RPM.....That may be some of the problem. Here is a chart to help pick the right speed for the size drill.

http://www.ibiblio.org/twa/info/drillSpeedChart.pdf

Good luck with those eyes. I have a daughter with a vision problem so I feel for ya.
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hi,buy only COBALT drill bits,expensive,but last 5 times as long a hss (at least) will drill S/S easily........
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any good drill bit will benefit from two items you might like to add to your collection.......... cutting oil is a biggie saves the bits also will make a hacksaw cut like a cleaver. A drill doctor, great tool and works as advertised, however I would suggest the 750 or higher because of the way it positions the bit in the holder.
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hi,buy only COBALT drill bits,expensive,but last 5 times as long a hss (at least) will drill S/S easily........
I like the COBALT bits also....I use them to dill out broken grade 8 and grade 9 bolts in bulldozer undercarriages....they are really good bits.
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I've found that I can buy good, better and best drill bits from McMaster-Carr along with a host of other industrial type supplies. The prices even with shipping are competitive with the local stores and without me firing up my Guzzler V10. I ordered some special 2 sided tape yesterday afternoon - and it will be delivered this afternoon by 4:00(I'm at the end of the UPS/FEDEX routes).

http://www.mcmaster.com/nav/enter.as...%3A05%3A46.420

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