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#10226 06/02/02 06:30 PM
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rmiell Offline OP
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?


Rick Miell

#10227 06/02/02 06:55 PM
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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....)

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#10228 06/02/02 08:40 PM
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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 08:37 PM
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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 09:16 PM
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If you send it to me I will see if I can post it here so everyone can see it.

#10231 06/03/02 09:29 PM
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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 09:39 PM
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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 10:33 PM
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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 07:22 PM
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It's on the way. If you don't get it let me know I'll resend.

#10235 06/05/02 07:05 AM
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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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