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Anyone got any suggestions?

Want 1.0mm 10mm in .5mm increments but dont want to spend a fortune. equally, I dont want to be stopping halfway through a job because the bit has melted.

cheers!

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Buy a cheapo set plus a bench grinder with what you save. Learn to sharpen drill bits (there's a good post in the tech archive) and you will have sharp bits ever more!

Dormer etc are great if you cannot sharpen them - but a waste of money if you can!

Winzur Worth bits are good value and every bit as good as Dormer IMHO.

Si

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Whether you can sharpen drills or not, cheap drills are not a good idea (you'll end up sharpening drills a lot!) I would recommend Dormer or Cleveland.(but there might be some other 'good value' brands that work well)

Whatever you buy, make sure they are HSS not Carbon Steel or Tool Steel.

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Buy a cheapo set plus a bench grinder with what you save. Learn to sharpen drill bits (there's a good post in the tech archive) and you will have sharp bits ever more!

Dormer etc are great if you cannot sharpen them - but a waste of money if you can!

Winzur Worth bits are good value and every bit as good as Dormer IMHO.

Si

Couldn't agree more as long as they are from a known source and are HSS you will be fine...

Same with bench grinder, please don't waste your money on a drill sharpener, unless your are willing to spend about 3 grand on a S/H one they are a waste of time, once you get the knack a quick twist of the wrist and your done! If you don't have a drill gauge,just put two plain nuts together and you got one, ok its 120deg but close enough and will show you if your angles and lands are even...

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We use Winzur Worth at work and they are very good. However on tough material such as stainless or for drilling out broken bolts etc Dormer are still the best by a huge margin.

I have a selection of Dormer drills in my toolbox from my MOD days and they will even drill out most self tapping screws. I have never come accross any other drills which will do this.

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Anyone got any suggestions?

Want 1.0mm 10mm in .5mm increments but dont want to spend a fortune. equally, I dont want to be stopping halfway through a job because the bit has melted.

cheers!

I have two sets of them ones in a blue box from Lidl, use them on stainless all the time. Cost €9.99 a set, have one set in garage and one in van, they been good.

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a set from aldi is what I already have - bought them for putting a decking together as it came with a large selection of wood drills. but the HSS bits are absolutely junk.

thanks for the replies, plenty to think about!

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I have a set which I built up over years and then bought an empty box to put them in, when I break or lose one I replace it with one from homebase, they sell their own range of drills, HSS, nothing flash but they are very good.

Obviously i'm just an occasional user though. :rolleyes:

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