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Drill Doctor Drill Bit Sharpeners – Which Model Will Work Best For You?

Drill Doctor DD750X

Drilling jobs can be frustating without the proper, sharp drill bits. Working with dull bits is not only frustrating, but also dangerous. If you want to save time, money, and frustration, an electric drill bit sharpener may be your best bet. They are perfect for anyone who does not have experience with bench grinder. Sharpening drill bits manually with a grinding wheel is not easy. A good eye and a steady hand are vital. A benefit of using a specialized bit sharpening system is that it requires no special skill or practice to properly sharpen your drill bits. It will make your drill bit sharpening a lot faster and less wear.

When it comes to drill bit sharpeners, one of the most popular is the Drill Doctor DD750X. The machine can handle three of the most common drill bit types: standard point, split point and masonry bits. The sharpening process is simple that includes determining the type and angle of the drill bit, aligning the bit in the chuck and sharpening the bit. The sharpener is delivered with a 180-grit diamond sharpening wheel that will lasts long enough to sharpen more than 200 bits. The replacement wheel for this model is priced around $20. The life of the sharpening wheel can be doubled by reversing it.

Drill Doctor bit sharpeners come in different models. The 750X and 500X are designed for professional use. They are capable of sharpening bits made out of high-speed steel, carbide, cobalt, TiN-coated, and carbide-tipped masonry. Both can sharpen a left hand drill providing you purchase the left hand chuck adapter. The difference between the 750X and 500X is the 750X sharpens up to 3/4″ and the 500 up to 1/2″. The 3/4″ chuck is optional with the Model 500X. The machines are not able to sharpen below a 3/32.

Basically, the 750X model does everything the 500X does with several plus points. It lets you choose any angle from 118° to 140°. The 750X is also equipped wtih an adjustable material take-off (MTO) knob that enables you to remove more or less material from the tip of your bit. In other words, you can choose how much material to remove. When dealing with a bit which is only slightly dull, you will want to remove only a small amount of material from the bit. The amount of time to sharpen the bit can be reduced. It will extend your bit and wheel life. If your drill bit is quite dull, you can increase the amount of material removed.

For hobbyists, Darex offers DD350X. The 3/32- to 1/2-Inch drill bit sharpener will not do split point bits. It will convert split points to standard bits. This feature is provided by the higher models (DD500X and DD750X). They give you the possibility to create or resharpen split point drill bits in order to prevent bit walking. The DD350X basic sharpener is designed to sharpen 118º drill bits that are generally used for drilling into soft material like wood and aluminium.

Another model available is the DDSB. The bit sharpener does not split points but it enables you to sharpen both spade and twist drill bits. It handles bits with screw points and spurs. Twist drill bit chuck, spade bit holder, small spade bit collet insert, are shipped with the spade and twist drill bit sharpener. Whether you are a hobbyist, a serious DIYer, or a professional, there is a model for you. All models use 110V power source and comes with a 3-year warranty from the manufacturer.

If you have used drills for many years, you must have a large collection of dull drill bits. A good electric bit sharpening system will save you the inconvenience of buying new drill bits. It is true that you can buy a set of drill bits for $20. But nothing is worse than having to run to the hardware store to get drill bit replacements in the middle of a project. Moreover, larger bits are expensive. A sharpener will pay for itself.

The DDSB, DD350X, DD500X, and the DD750X all have received a lot of positive reviews from its customers at Amazon.com. Not all of them were happy with their purchase. But most have awarded the sharpening devices with either 4 or 5 stars, which means the products offer good value for money. Just make sure to watch the video on the DVD that accompanies the tool in the box before your first try.


Various Drill Bit Sets For Your Projects

If you are a DIY person, you will want to have a set of bits in your cupboard. Fortunately, when it comes to drill bit set, there is a vast selection to choose from. Not only you will save money buying a set rather than individual bits, such products will be very helpful when you need to handle different materials. They are designed for accomplishing different jobs around the house.

Black & Decker 71-91291 129-Piece Complete Home Essentials Kit

This one from Black & Decker contains 10 High Speed Steel (HSS) bits. HSS bits are a lot harder than the ones made of carbon steel that are designed for working with wood. Offered with a plastic organizer with size indicator, this generic set is perhaps what you want for minor home projects. For drilling holes into drywall or making a hole in a piece of thin metal, the Black & Decker 15557 should fill the bill.

Another package you may want to buy is the Dewalt DW1361. This 21 piece drill bit set contains the most popular range of drill bits, 1/16-inch to 1/2-inch. The tip of the pilot-point bits will keep the drill on target when you start drilling. For extra hardness, the bits are coated with titanium. The sharp bits are designed to tackle non-ferrous metals. Of course the Dewalt’s titanium drill bits are also suitable for drilling in wood and plastic.

For drilling holes larger than 1/2″, consider to get this 13pc spade bit set. They are sharp and people also like the storage roll included. A nice option for you who need to drill bigger holes from quarter inch in diameter to one and a half inches.

If you need something to drill concrete, bricks or blocks, then this Masonry Drill Bit Set from Dewalt may what you are looking for. Offered in a bright silver finish, the bits can be a great choice for your DeWalt hammer drill. The carbide tip allows them to go through the concrete easier than ordinary steel drill bits.

To drill metal at a slower speed, a step drill bit is what you need. This type of bit eliminates the need for pilot drill to start off the hole. The Neiko 10197A is a package that comes with five step drill bits. An aluminum metal case is included in the package.

There are many quality basic set of bits for beginners available on the market today. The bits fit standard drill chucks. Although they are not built for industrial use but for small tasks around the home such products can be really helpful. Just make sure the bits match your drilling tool before making any purchase.

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