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Old 05-11-2014, 12:44 AM   #1
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Let's talk tools!

Okay, I'm not trying to stir up trouble here - I know how people like to fight over which brand tool is best.

But, I'm always buying tools, and I'd like to hear feedback from people about which tools they've had that were good investments. I'm thinking about getting one of those Drill Doctor drill bit sharpeners like this:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Drill-Doctor ... /100375865

Has anyone had experience with these? I hate throwing away dull drill bits. Actually, I can't get myself to throw them away, so I have a growing collection of unusable drill bits that could perhaps have a second life if I could sharpen them.

Any thoughts?
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Old 05-11-2014, 12:55 AM   #2
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Re: Let's talk tools!

I've used 1 at a job years ago, it worked well. If memory serves there is a bit of a learning curve, not too steep and you can simply re-grind a bit until you get the feel for it. I always felt like the sharpened bits dulled faster than a factory bit, but that may have been simply knowing it was a re-grind. It also may have been that the temper was broken by grinding, but in any case it did far extend the life of a drill bit. I was able to sharpen broken bits as well which saved time in searching for another....
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Old 05-11-2014, 08:53 AM   #3
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Re: Let's talk tools!

I have used them in the past.
They work well, but they deff have a learning curve. If you go threw a lot of drill bits they are worth getting. If not they become a great dust collector...

On the cordless tool front i have recently switched to the milwaukee fuel line of tools. Was a hard decision as ive been a makita guy for 20 plus years.
Great tools, not looking back

The ridgid 6in random orbital sander is a tool i cant live without. They dont last very long until they break, on my 3rd in 4 years... but if you buy the extended warrantee they really work great while they work.
I have looked for other brands, but none have the features. standard shop vac hose plugs in, big and small. Soft start, adjustable speed and size of orbit.
Would be interested if someone has exp with a better one?
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:00 AM   #4
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Re: Let's talk tools!

I have a drill doctor works good, but yes takes a bit of time to learn it. When I started out working as a apprentice on aircraft(35years ago ) they only realy good tools out there where snap on, and it seemed like all my wages went to the snap on truck, sears tools where ok at the time, fast forward to today and I find some really great tools here and Canadian tire, even there line of cordless hold out well. I have a lot of bosch power tools that seem to hold up, but im looking at the 12volt Milwaukee line. most of my working life has been working with tools, and it time that I down size I have been selling off a lot just sold my big snap on roll cab, going to make a tool box just for the bus and leave it in it,
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I am a toolaholic.

I have used many tools all my life. At age 76 years, I live to work. Many folks do not know of the best tool maker. A few names of very high quality are Armstrong, Wright, Plumb, and Williams. Several years ago, Snapon tools bought the family tool foundrys of
Armstrong, wright and Williams. The Sears new professional tools are very nice. The tools from lowes named Kobalt are very well made. Snapon tools is very advanced and expensive for their testing electronics. There are no bad tools if the tool does any job.
Some companies have developed some tools as junk, making the public the testing method. Just an old tool guy. Frank
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Old 05-17-2014, 05:07 PM   #6
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love tools ,been collecting for many years,always looking for them,if any one gets to maine check out liberty tools, a great place,when iam on the coast i always stop in
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being a tool collector,iam always on the look out for good tools, if you ever come up here to maine be sure to check out liberty tool,up near bar harbor
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Re: Let's talk tools!

My neighbor is a tool. A very big tool.
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My neighbor is a tool. A very big tool.
My former chain of command at squadron, group and fighter wing level were all tools too, with some very few exceptions.
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Re: Let's talk tools!

I'm a big Milwaukee fan and I have a drill doctor and it saved me a lot of money drilling out all those rivets and drilling through two - three sheets of 18 GA steel to add my new skin over the windows.

I agree with Malkieri "I always felt like the sharpened bits dulled faster than a factory bit, "
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