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#10226 - 06/02/02 04:30 PM drill bit sharpening
rmiell Offline

Registered: 11/09/00
Posts: 261
Loc: La Junta, Co. USA
I'm trying to get some help/advice on sharpening 18" auger bits. Seems like it would be cheaper to sharpen than buy. Any links to sites with diaqrams? How do you guys handle this?


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#10227 - 06/02/02 04:55 PM Re: drill bit sharpening
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
get yourself a small 3-corner metal file and simply touch up before a rough out.
during my slow times, i'll take a 1/2 dz bits to a sharpening shop, there's an old swedish buck that has saved me $$$$...
(I just can't understand the dude....)

#10228 - 06/02/02 06:40 PM Re: drill bit sharpening
Steve Miller Offline

Registered: 08/30/01
Posts: 322
Loc: Loudoun Cty, VA
I have a sheet we give out at our apprenticeship school that shows how to do it. It's a copy of a copy of a copy so it's not crystal clear but I'd be glad to scan it and email you a .jpg of it. (sorry I have no access to a fax). Just give me an email address

#10229 - 06/03/02 06:37 PM Re: drill bit sharpening
CanadianSparky Offline

Registered: 03/05/01
Posts: 86
Loc: Alberta Canada
Lately I've found sharpening the screw at the end of the auger with a Dremel works better than actually sharpening the blade. I use a very thin disc and sharpen the threads of the screw, for 5 minutes work it saves me $40.

#10230 - 06/03/02 07:16 PM Re: drill bit sharpening
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

If you send it to me I will see if I can post it here so everyone can see it.

#10231 - 06/03/02 07:29 PM Re: drill bit sharpening
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
I would also like to know how to do it. I'll try a dremel, I've been wanting to buy one anyway.

Canadian Sparky, I hope there's an exchange rate isuue here beacause I pay $25 or so for a good 18" 1" auger vs. $40.

#10232 - 06/03/02 07:39 PM Re: drill bit sharpening
ElectricAL Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA
I used a three corner file for two decades until I tried a Dremel on a whim. I'm never going back to the file, unless I have to use it as a backup.

Al Hildenbrand

#10233 - 06/03/02 08:33 PM Re: drill bit sharpening
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
I sent an email to a company whose auger bits I have used for a while [I thought they have been making them for ~100 years] and heard back from them overnite.

"We do not recommend sharpening our tools. There are no instructions for doing so."

So there.

#10234 - 06/04/02 05:22 PM Re: drill bit sharpening
Steve Miller Offline

Registered: 08/30/01
Posts: 322
Loc: Loudoun Cty, VA
It's on the way. If you don't get it let me know I'll resend.

#10235 - 06/05/02 05:05 AM Re: drill bit sharpening
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
I've not tried using one for sharpening drill bits as yet, but I would certainly recommend getting a Dremel kit to anyone.

They're great for all manner of jobs, especially anyone involved with miniature components.

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