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#53889 - 07/11/05 04:46 PM Long Flexible drill bits
sanUK Offline

Registered: 01/09/03
Posts: 44
Loc: Scotland
Just a small question to the US members if these bits are any good / how tough are they?.

I live in the UK (Scotland) and cant get these types of drill bits, but they look very handy and wouldnt mind getting a few.

Im close to buying a couple on ebay from a US seller and just thought id ask before i buy.

The type of drill bit is a GREENLEE D'Versibit Flexible Drill Bit Kit.

Theres been a few times when i thought that these bits would have saved a lot of time.


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#53890 - 07/11/05 05:33 PM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
LK Offline


Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1721
Loc: New Jersey
These bits are great, i wish every competor of ours would use them, the bits will work, don't get me wrong, and they may be a help at times, but you have to remember this is blind drilling, and these bits if not used correctly can do some pretty good damage, just take care when using them.

#53891 - 07/11/05 06:48 PM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
Tiger Offline

Registered: 05/04/05
Posts: 714
Loc: Crystal Lake, IL USA
I used them for a while. When the screw tip got dull (not replaceable) it was worthless. Then another went through a wall I didn't intend it to go through. I've never used them since. It's one of those things that seems like a great idea, but has some big downsides.

I wish my competitors would use them too!


#53892 - 07/11/05 06:48 PM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
BobH Offline

Registered: 10/16/04
Posts: 134
Loc: Newfane, N.Y USA
Yeah,someone I knew once, not me of course, actually drilled right through the roof decking and shingles on an old baloon framed house with one of these bits. I, I mean he was just installing the wiring for a ceiling fan, idiot.

#53893 - 07/11/05 07:13 PM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
Theelectrikid Offline

Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 854
Loc: Levittown, PA
My dad was installing a box with a hand driven flexible 5' drill bit. Went right through the side of the house, through the aluminum siding.
Ian A.
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#53894 - 07/11/05 07:16 PM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
livetoride Offline

Registered: 01/11/05
Posts: 109
Loc: san diego ca usa
Good tool but it has a learning curve to use it. Like as said before this is blind drilling with a flexible shaft bit. It can be a lifesaver when you can't disturb plaster or disaster going through a wood floor. Learn to use it on jobs that don't matter so much you can get the feel for them. Rod

#53895 - 07/11/05 07:32 PM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
Larry Fine Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
Well, I use them quite a bit (pardon the pun!), as we do LV wiring (audio/video, comp. ntwkg., etc.) as well as power wiring.

It is of utmost importance to know where the tip of the bit is at all times.

The aiming handle is a good accessory. They do require a few screw-ups before you get good with them.

Don't ask about MY learning curve!
Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#53896 - 07/11/05 08:15 PM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
THese are a favorite of mine, however if you don't know how to use them, you'll cause more damage than good.

#53897 - 07/11/05 08:19 PM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
Drill bit $45
I don't know how many floors, baseboards, and once through a wall, and into the whole next door. Almost bought extremely expensive painting.

Thousands in damages over the years, refuse to use them now, preffer to open walls.
Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

#53898 - 07/12/05 09:40 AM Re: Long Flexible drill bits
John Crighton Offline

Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 172
Loc: Southern California
I have a personal story about these.

I once installed two sconces on an exterior wall, about seven feet apart, and it seemed like a good place to try out my new 5-foot flexibit.

I didn't have the extension rod, but I thought if I got through four studs from one direction, I could drill through the last stud from the other side, then try to hook the end of a fish in the last cavity. I know, dumb idea.

But when I was done drilling, I fed in the fish -- and it went straight through all six studs! I'd hit a 1/4" bullseye at five feet while grappling that unwieldy, whipping contraption!

I was so proud of my new-found skill (translation: "cocky") that I went on to drill another hole for some speaker wire through just three first-floor ceiling joists. I swear, that son-of-a-gun made a right-angle turn somewhere and broke out right in the middle of the dining room ceiling.

Ya win some, ya lose some.

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