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Old 09-14-2012, 06:29 PM
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i need to replenish or replace my number and letter size drill sets. Quite a few are missing, so I am leaning toward a replacement set. These are old Cleveland HSS sets.

HF has a complete cobalt set. They don't have individual drills, at least not in the catalog, so it might be hard to find a matching replacement for lost or broken ones.

Enco has a comparable set made by Hertel, on sale for three times the money.

Any thoughts?
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:38 PM
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Here's the source I use. Bisco supply. I covered a review of them in this thread. American made and great service.
http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=33775
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:32 PM
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Here's the source I use. Bisco supply. I covered a review of them in this thread. American made and great service.
http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=33775
Thank you ss. My search for prior threads came up with too many hits.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:01 PM
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I have never had good luck with HF drill bits . I just can't get decent life out of them .
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:53 PM
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Whats the difference between 135 and 118?
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:28 PM
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That is the angle on the tip of the drill. Someone will be along to clarify. The 118 is a little flatter and should hold up better. the 135 is a bit more pointed and wanders less.

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Old 09-14-2012, 09:41 PM
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That is the angle on the tip of the drill. Someone will be along to clarify. The 118 is a little flatter and should hold up better. the 135 is a bit more pointed and wanders less.

I think.

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118 is sharper and 135 is flatter.

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Old 09-14-2012, 09:55 PM
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I have been using bits from imperial supply. They are great and hold up well for me. Anything above about a 5/16 has three flats on the base for the drill chuck to grab on and it DOES NOT slip in a cordless drill. They come in several lengths, I use the jobber length which is about half the normal length.

Disclaimer: I am not a millwright or machinist. I drill everything thing by hand and a good sharp bit is a must.

http://www.imperialsupplies.com/item/0806350

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Old 09-14-2012, 11:21 PM
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I cheaped out and got the HF set back in February. I've had 6 of the smaller drills break on me, none really have worn out. One of the broken ones was drilling it's first hole.

Having the new 'complete' set there was good so that I could see which ones I really used the most--and I bought spares down at the local machinist supply. The broken ones got replaced with ones from the same place. If I'm just drilling a random hole where close is good enough, I'll go for the fractional as they can be picked up just about anywhere but I usually get the cheap ones from McMaster.

For the money, the HF set was decent. Catch it on sale with a 20% coupon in hand and you won't find a better set for the price. Just remember what you've got to work with and go easier on them than you would a quality drill.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:27 AM
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