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Tool critique

Postby GLMFAA1 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:38 pm

Has any one used this tool?
http://www.micromark.com/spiral-push-drill,6757.html
does it work as advertised?
any other alternative that is better?
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Re: Tool critique

Postby MMFAAFireModel on Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:27 pm

I have the $11 5" version for the smaller bits and a larger version that is about a foot long when extended. I don't use them much but they work fine.
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Re: Tool critique

Postby chariots of fire on Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:16 pm

I use my standard Xacto pin vise along with some very sharp but brittle drill bits that have a 1/8" shank. Some of them are as fine as a human hair. They work well so long as you don't apply too much pressure and you have to keep the drill straight in the hole or they snap. Harbor Freight and the Tool Store carry them in paks of 10 each. The drills cut extremely well in plastic, wood or brass and aluminum. I don't think they would work with that twist drill. Too much lateral pressure.
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Re: Tool critique

Postby hookandladderno1 on Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:53 pm

chariots of fire wrote:I use my standard Xacto pin vise along with some very sharp but brittle drill bits that have a 1/8" shank. Some of them are as fine as a human hair. They work well so long as you don't apply too much pressure and you have to keep the drill straight in the hole or they snap. Harbor Freight and the Tool Store carry them in paks of 10 each. The drills cut extremely well in plastic, wood or brass and aluminum. I don't think they would work with that twist drill. Too much lateral pressure.

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Re: Tool critique

Postby GLMFAA1 on Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:22 am

follow up- I got the tools and for an older builder and with a touch of arthritis they are great. Just make sure you have a good pilot mark or pilot hole, Helping me make a McDermet light bar
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Re: Tool critique

Postby chariots of fire on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:19 pm

I'm still using the old twist drill handle with those small drills. Still having an occasional issue with breakage but there is no way around that. They even snap when used in a drill press sometimes. But I wouldn't give them up for anything. Sharp as needles and cut like a dream.
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