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#36777 - 04/14/04 08:16 PM Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
Sparkeee32 Offline

Registered: 03/23/04
Posts: 32
Loc: Federal Way WA USA
I just got the new milwaukee super hole hawg, it's cut hole production time nearly in half, except it also burns through bits twice as fast. I nead to find the best 7/8 auger bits out there. the other option is to change bits when they heat up too much, but that'd take some time out of my production. The units I'm working on now, are 8 family multiplexes, wood construction and we drill these units out each week and a half. Thanks take care Brian

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#36778 - 04/14/04 09:07 PM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Greenlee Nail Eaters -

Check out Page 52.

They're quick, durable, and _go_through_ nails without dulling too badly, like a regular auger bit. They also come in different lengths for cross-drilling, or going through sole plates.

#36779 - 04/15/04 05:57 AM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
Ryan_J Offline

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
I'm with Doug on that one.
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#36780 - 04/15/04 09:07 AM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
sparkystudent Offline

Registered: 04/06/04
Posts: 43
Loc: Staples, MN. USA
The contractor I work for uses Lennox auger bits (white with a blue wolf) for our primary auger bits all 1 1/8 or 7/8 we do log homes as our primary contract so 4-5 feet in 1 continuous hole is usual. Sharpen only when hit a spike or sinker nail!! we are still looking for a good holesaw bit or forstener bit set. We have recently gone to the super hawg as well- love that machine, it replaced the regular hawg hands down, a 2-3 minute hole is now 45-55 sec. chips fly now!! annual hawg burn up at about 2 a year - superhawg has gone year and half only tore out 3 handles on the head.

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#36781 - 04/15/04 09:58 AM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
I have found the Greeblee and Lenox auger bits to be quite good.


annual hawg burn up at about 2 a year

If you are "burning up" that many hole hawgs in a year, then they are getting some serious abuse. Have you been tossing them or getting them rebuilt? $700 a year just on drills seems like an awful waste.


#36782 - 04/15/04 11:39 AM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
kyme Offline

Registered: 09/25/03
Posts: 40
Loc: Kentucky
I have used a regular hole hawg for a long time, what are the differences?
and what price range are the supers

#36783 - 04/15/04 04:55 PM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
CanadianSparky Offline

Registered: 03/05/01
Posts: 86
Loc: Alberta Canada
Lenox, hands down. We've even been using a dremel to sharpen the screw when it gets dull, and getting way more time out of them than the Greenlee bits.. For the holes over 1" now were using Greenlee "Mod" bits with the 6" extension, seem to break the worms on them quite a bit though.

#36784 - 04/15/04 06:41 PM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
Sandro Offline

Registered: 12/30/01
Posts: 449
Loc: Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
GreenLee all the way! All my guys have tried virtually every auger on the market and we conclude that Greenlees are the toughest and stay sharpest the longest. Steer clear of lesser known brands (Raptor, and most store brands).

We've also had good success with the Ideal bits, but overall like Greenlee the best.

#36785 - 04/15/04 08:26 PM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
Joey D Offline

Registered: 10/10/03
Posts: 263
Loc: Arlington MA U.S.
I use Greenlee if available or the Lenox. I don't see one lasting any longer than the other.
I also don't use a bit smaller than the 1 1/8th unless clearence is tight. Makes wire pulling much easier due to the larger hole.

#36786 - 04/16/04 12:40 AM Re: Best 7/8's auger youv'e found
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... ONLY Greenlee!!!!!!! They can't be matched!!! In our opinion...
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

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