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Recommendation for small drill bits ?
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:09 PM

I'm tired of suffering with lousy drill bits. What are recommendations for the best small size drill bits available, price not an issue?

 

Bill

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  • From: Orlando Florida
Posted by route62 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 4:31 PM

This is what I have on my bench:

http://drillbitsunlimited.com/100-pc-DRILL-Bit-Set-10-pcs-each-size-010-012-0135-016-020-0225-029-036-037-045-P2081518.aspx

These bits go from a fraction of of mm in diameter on up.  They Chuck into a Dremel or pin vise.  They will drill plastic, soft metals, wood, and more.  The smaller bits are fragile so you have to go slow, lite pressure and do not let the bit flex.  The bit sets give you multiples of each size as you will break a few.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:02 PM

Thanks! I've seen this type before but forgot where.

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Posted by Nathan T on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:36 PM

I ditto route's post, but they can be found on EBay for a third of that price 

 

 

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:47 PM

When Riverside Hobbies in Sacramento, CA was about to close in 2011 bought whole bunch of micro drill bits really cheap, will last me "forever".

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Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:34 AM

 

I'm tired of suffering with lousy drill bits. What are recommendations for the best small size drill bits available, price not an issue?

 

Bill

 

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Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, September 14, 2017 12:58 AM

GMorrison

I'm tired of suffering with lousy drill bits. What are recommendations for the best small size drill bits available, price not an issue?

 

Bill

 

GMorrison

Bill -

'Puter had a heart ambush in first reply, pls excuse.

For very small holes I use what are called "finger drills," perfect for such as drilling parts for flying wires on bi-planes, or running wires in models. Got them in R/R section of my local HS.

Prominent nurled aluminum grip, easy to control, overall length 2", actual drill surface length 1/2." Have lasted a very long time, good quality. I have 8, #'s are 66-68-70-72-74-76-78-80. That selection takes care of nearly all of my hobby drill needs. A very wide selection is available, above and below those numbers. If you haven't tried them it's well worth a look.

Patrick   

I'm tired of suffering with lousy drill bits. What are recommendations for the best small size drill bits available, price not an issue?

 

Bill

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:01 AM

Oh that was a great LHS. John Eaton and I kind of gave it a good last run. 

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:17 AM

Thank you very much Pat.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, October 05, 2017 11:46 AM

I got a whole mess of them for free. They belonged to my grandfather.

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Posted by Aaronw on Thursday, October 05, 2017 2:14 PM

What is your issue with the drill bits you currently are using?

 

You can buy individual wire gauge drill bits from many of the name brand drill bit manufacturers but that costs a lot more than the sets you find in most hobby shops, with individual HSS bits running $2-3 each for the small sizes we generally use for models. You can get them in more exotic materials but the price jumps, I've seen Cobolt drill bits as small as #80 at around $5-6 for the one drill bit. 

 

I bought individual Irwin brand bits #43-60 at the local ACE Hardware and it cost me about $50 (I just bought a few at a time $2-3 each). Irwin does make bits all the way down to #80 but I have a couple of those 61-80 sets you find at most hobby shops for $10.

I later found a #1-60 HSS drill set at Harbor freight that only cost $19.00 and included a case / organizer. I see Amazon has an Irwin #1-60 drill set for $62 which is a much better deal than I got buying them one at a time.

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Posted by Aaronw on Thursday, October 05, 2017 2:26 PM

If you are serious about price not being an issue Gyros sells Amaerican made drill bits, and they have a 115 piece Cobolt drill bit set that gives you everything from #60 through Z and 1/16 to 1/2" in 1/64 steps for $500...

 

They have more reasonably priced smaller sets using HSS including some #61-80 sets for $20-30.

http://www.gyrostools.com/Drill-Bits---Wire-Gauge-Wire-Gauge-Drill-Bit-Sets---High-Speed-Steel/c19_78/index.html

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