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drill bit sharpening #10226
06/02/02 07:30 PM
06/02/02 07:30 PM
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rmiell  Offline OP
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Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 242
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?

Thanks

Rick Miell

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Re: drill bit sharpening #10227
06/02/02 07:55 PM
06/02/02 07:55 PM
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sparky  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,360
Rick;
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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Re: drill bit sharpening #10228
06/02/02 09:40 PM
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Steve Miller  Offline
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Posts: 325
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

Re: drill bit sharpening #10229
06/03/02 09:37 PM
06/03/02 09:37 PM
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CanadianSparky  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 85
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.

Re: drill bit sharpening #10230
06/03/02 10:16 PM
06/03/02 10:16 PM
Bill Addiss  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 3,901
NY, USA
Steve,

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

Bill@Electrical-Contractor.net

Re: drill bit sharpening #10231
06/03/02 10:29 PM
06/03/02 10:29 PM
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Electric Eagle  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 914
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.

Re: drill bit sharpening #10232
06/03/02 10:39 PM
06/03/02 10:39 PM
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ElectricAL  Offline
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Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 597
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


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Re: drill bit sharpening #10233
06/03/02 11:33 PM
06/03/02 11:33 PM
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Bjarney  Offline
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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.

Re: drill bit sharpening #10234
06/04/02 08:22 PM
06/04/02 08:22 PM
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Steve Miller  Offline
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Posts: 325
Loudoun Cty, VA
Bill
It's on the way. If you don't get it let me know I'll resend.

Re: drill bit sharpening #10235
06/05/02 08:05 AM
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pauluk  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
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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