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Anyone use a Drill Doctor Drill Bit Sharpener?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Andy Moreland, Oct 20, 2008.

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  1. Andy Moreland

    Andy Moreland TS Member

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    I bought one of them when they were first introduced. I bought the one that does bits up to 1/2 inch. It is far and away better than anything I've used before. The manufacturer offers a rebuild service after 200 bits but mine has never needed it. Think I paid $99 for it. Mine does only 1 angle (I think it's 118°) but it does HS, split point and masonry bits equally well. Remember not to force the cut to get the smoothest finish.

    Andy Moreland
     
  2. GrubbyJack

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    I like mine, like Andy said, GO SLOW and let the tool do the work...under 10x glass they look good, even the split point..Grubby
     
  3. The Kolar Kid

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    With a little practice you can do your drill bits by hand on a fine wheel bench grider. I have been sharpening my bits for years that way and they cut like a razor. Not saying that a machine couldn't be better...

    KK
     
  4. Ed Y

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    Mine will do two different angles and it paid for itself the first time that I used it on a boxfull of dull drill bits that I had laying around.

    Ed Yanchok
     
  5. shot410ga

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    Ive had one for about 7 years, and their the best drill sharpening device I've ever had. Much better than by hand.
     
  6. Quick 1

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    I purchased a Drill Doctor about five years ago and like it. There is a recently introduced (claimed) improved model, so you might want to check on this before purchasing.
     
  7. skeeljc

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    Yes, great device. Mine will do split points too.

    Jim Skeel
     
  8. shooterIII

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    I have one and like it, before I got it I sharpened them on a regular grinder and yes I was pretty good, but The Drill Doctor makes it much easier and the angles are correct and is much, much faster.

    Stan
     
  9. RLC323

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    I have one and it works great. Takes a little practice to get the feel for it but it is easy once you do a few bits. Keep it hidden unless you want to end up sharpening bits for everybody in the neighborhood.
     
  10. phirel

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    I think I still can sharpen larger bits by hand using a grinder, but the smaller bits (less than 1/4inch)are really tough to do by hand. For anyone who wants to learn how to sharpen bits by hand, you must get someone to teach you. Relieving the kerf can be tricky.

    Pat Ireland
     
  11. ricks1

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    dont care how good you are you CANT do a split point and if you drill much that is the only way to go rick
     
  12. Ed Y

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    The one that I have has two bit holders. One for the smaller bits and one for bits up to 1/2". Really does a great job on these sizes. The larger ones I do by hand on a grinder with good results. I've done hundreds of bits with mine and have not had to replace the wheel yet.

    Ed Yanchok
     
  13. BrowningGal

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    Got one for my dad shortly after they first came out. He loved it. He turned around a got one for me a couple years later because I was always bringing home my drill set to sharpen.

    Wouldn't want to be without it. I only wish it could sharpen brad points.
     
  14. kraiza

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    I have a Drill Doctor for a few years. Works great and can't do with out it.
     
  15. omahasportingsupply

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    It has made life easier especially when drilling Mec reloaders to add primer feeders to single stage units. Your Bit May Vary Omaha
     
  16. maclellan1911

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    I have used and abused mine for years, I do a lot of exhaust manifold stud work. It is a must for keeping the smaller bits sharp for the pilot hole. I do think its time for a new stone. More from rushed and abusive working of the tool. Mind you good drill bits are harder to come by. I have found with the newer bits once you get about 1/8 inch up the bit they are harder to keep sharp and dull easy. I have some old snap on tool bits that are about 1" shorter now. They sharpen great and hold a edge better than all the rest I have. Again what I put them through with the nasty old rusty(on the car) manifold stud repair. I can not complain.
     
  17. Inspector 12

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    I have one of the earlier ones with the wide stone and two chucks. Mine does bits up to 3/4 inch. I have been very happy with it. As stated, the only down side is when someone finds out or remembers that I have one :~)
     
  18. M-16

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    All the responses show's they work. As for by hand it takes a nack I was pretty good when I was a machinest now i need a magnifier to see what I'm doing. By hand I can make them cut better but the drill doctor garentee's it will work every time.
     
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