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Old 04-03-2019, 06:07 PM
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Default Today, I Lost Another Drill Doctor

After doing tens of thousands drill bit resharpenings, my trusty Drill Doctor 750X, today decided it had reached its expiration date. The loss was a great catastrophe, it had served me loyally for about 5 years, it set idle on the shelf for weeks, then in a mad rush, resharpen a couple of hundred bits, then the cycle would repeat.

The motor still runs perfectly, the pivoting mechanism for the sharpening chuck, is completely shot. So I went on a search and acquire mission, my local HD, only had the base unit, but Lowe’s had the middle model, not what I really wanted, but it will suffice, until I can either find a better on or I break down and buy an industrial grade Darex.

I did about 30 drills this late afternoon, the unit works fine. I’m somewhat pissed, the trash collection was this morning, the dead unit, could be in the landfill by now.
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:59 PM
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Its about time that you learned to sharpen bits by hand
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Old 04-03-2019, 08:58 PM
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What?
was it this thing on eBay for about $12.00 ?

They were about $3.50 I guess they went up in price.
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Old 04-03-2019, 09:19 PM
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What?
was it this thing on eBay for about $12.00 ?

They were about $3.50 I guess they went up in price.
That's what I was wondering.
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:49 PM
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Here are two cheap and nifty ideas for sharpening bits... I think if someone took a little more time on the right wheel, you could get a good sharpening on one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ld6pqVF-NY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p818cZI7E94
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:55 PM
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You are as hard on your equipment as you are on your minions.
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Old 04-04-2019, 07:34 AM
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You are as hard on your equipment as you are on your minions.
Platypi are "venomous".....

But I didn't think it would dissolve plastic....
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Old 04-04-2019, 08:54 AM
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You are as hard on your equipment as you are on your minions.
He has never admitted to throwing a minion into the garbage yet, but we do have this admission:
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After doing tens of thousands drill bit resharpenings
so the poor thing wore out, failed and was ungratefully mistreated
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Old 04-04-2019, 10:01 AM
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Its about time that you learned to sharpen bits by hand

I do it all the time, I can get a drill bit to drill a hole, but not without an egg shaped hole or wandering holes. For about 75-80% of what I do I need accurate holes, so I can tap them or line up with the other parts, in the assembly.

The Drill Doctor worked perfectly and until yesterday, I never had an issue with it.

The best drill bit sharpener is ever used was at my grandfather’s machine shop, it was made in the early 1900s, I believe the name on the side was Simpson or Simplex, it was quick, accurate and easy to use.
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Old 04-04-2019, 10:08 AM
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That's why I never bought a DD...all that plastic.

How about the one Grizzly sells ?
IIRC it had a couple of rows of collets on top, and 2 stations,
one on each end.
Looked to be all metal construction.
https://www.grizzly.com/products/Gri...-Machine/H8203
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