Drill Doctor XPA Sharpener

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Drill Doctor
Model:
DDXPA
Price:
$110

Description

* XPA Series sharpens high speed steel, black oxide, carbide, tin-coated, cobalt and masonry bits
* Sharpen bits in less than 60 seconds
* Variable alignment feature adjusts chisel and relief angles
* Easily replaceable diamond sharpening wheel good for hundreds of sharpenings
* Sharpens to a 118 degree point angle
* User-replaceable diamond sharpening wheel accessory also available

WOOD magazine review

Drill Doctor heals dull, broekn bits

Review Summary

As a woodworker for more than 35 years, I understand the value of working with sharp tools, including drill bits. But I’ll often throw away a dull bit—or hide it in the back of a drawer so I can “sharpen it later.” (Yeah, right.) The good news: Later is now, thanks to the Drill Doctor XP Series.
Sharpening twist and split-point drill bits with Drill Doctor XP couldn’t be easier: Insert the bit into the sharpening chuck, use the self-aligning feature to orient the bit and set the grinding depth; then turn the machine on, insert the chuck into the sharpening port, and rotate it. Within seconds (just a few rotations) the bit comes out sharp. If you want to put a split point on the bit to keep it from wandering, another port (not visible in the photo) handles that task with just a single rotation of the chuck. To test Drill Doctor’s proficiency, I scrounged up a variety of dull drill bits and tried to drill into some scrap steel with each. Man, were they in sorry shape! After a few turns through Drill Doctor XP, though, each cut into the steel like a new bit. Same thing when I tried them in hard maple: clean entry and fast cutting. I found that broken bits sometimes didn’t sharpen completely on the first try. No worries: I simply reset the bit in the chuck as if it were a dull bit, and the second sharpening finished the task. In less than an hour, I put a fresh edge on two handfuls of bits, from high-speed steel to titanium-coated to cobalt to carbide masonry bits. Drill Doctor XP sharpens to the standard 118° relief angle, but you also can adjust about 30° either way to make your bits more aggressive or to cut more precisely. It works with bits from 3/32" to 1/2" out of the box, but you can get an accessory chuck for bits up to 3/4". However, it can’t sharpen brad-point or bullet-point bits. If you own one of the original Drill Doctor sharpeners from about 15 years ago, you’ll get two big improvements by upgrading: a quick-change diamond grinding wheel, and a vacuum port for sucking away the metal filings. —Tested by Pat Lowry

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

No more throwing away dull bits

Review Summary

This is so easy to use that an untrained monkey could do it. I used to just throw bits away and buy new ones before the Drill Doctor came along. It is very hard to screw up using this thing. It doesn't take but a minute to get a sharp bit that cuts. I can't say enough good thing about this.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Excellent sharpening accessory

Review Summary

I was really impressed when I purchased this drill bit sharpener. It is very easy to use and produces excellent, the only down fall is that I cannot sharpen spade bits or wood drill bits. Maybe they will make an accessory to utiliize that option, without purchasing a new machine.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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