Lee Valley Brad-Point Drill Bit Set

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.0
out of 5
Brand:
Lee Valley
Model:
#07J01.28
Price:
$179

Description

These are high-carbon steel bits with standard brad points (BP).
They do not enter as cleanly, clear chips as well, or stay sharp as long as our HSS bits. These are suitable for the hobbyist, or where occasional use does not justify the higher cost of a HSS bit.

Available in Imperial and metric sizes. Bits have shank sizes of 1/4" for 1/4" to 1/2" bits, 3/8" for 5/8" to 1", 10mm for 10mm to 20mm, and shanked to size for 1/8", 3/16", and all other metric bits.

Length increases from 2-1/2" on the smallest bit to 8" on the largest.

WOOD magazine review

Lee Valley Brad-Point Drill Bit Set

Review Summary

Sure, $175 is a big investment; but these are incredible bits and in the broadest range of sizes in our test. They’re made of high-speed steel for longer wear without dulling. I drilled more than 500 2"-deep holes in hard maple with two of the bits, yet they still cut crisp holes in birch plywood afterward. And they left nearly flawless exit holes on the bottom side of a workpiece not backed up by scrap.
One warning, though: we poked and cut our fingers several times trying to remove the razor-sharp bits from the case.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

Reader Reviews

Sharp, and a tad brittle

Review Summary

I've got the small set of these drill bits. I can report that the ultra sharp and very thin scoring wings on the sides of the bits are a tad brittle. I've got one bit with just one remaining scoring wing from when I bumped the bit. They're good bits, and if mine were in a nice protected box instead of a soft clear floppy plastic case (how the bits are packed and sent to you) then they'd probably be even better.

Detailed Ratings

4.0
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

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