Anyone ever try to sharpen a step bit? I did a search and came up emptyhanded. Also asked 3 sharpening guys and they all said they couldn't do it. Mine is ruined anyway, I'd like to at least give it a try.
Time wasted finding a person that can sharpen them.
Time wasted dropping the bit off with that person.
Time wasted going to pick up the bit after sharpening.
Much quicker and cheaper (if you value your time) to toss it and order a new one.
By the way not letting it get dull helps a lot.
Part of that is keeping it cool, if I have a bunch of holes to make I will keep a cup of water near me to keep dipping the unibit in between holes.
I had to make about 70 1/2"holes in a trough, I put the unibit in my Hole hog, put the trough on floor and laid all my weight into the drill. In between each hole I dipped the bit into the water. After making the 70 holes the bit was still in great shape.
It also was done in just a few minutes.
Bob Badger Construction & Maintenance Electrician Massachusetts
#58896 - 11/23/0508:33 PMRe: Sharpening a Step bit
I assume by Step Drills, you guys mean something like a Cone Cut?. They can be sharpened by hand and I've done it a few times with the couple that I own. Thing is, like sharpening any cutting tool, you have to have the angle exactly right, otherwise you'll end up with a worse result than what you started off with. Best to look after them while they are sharp though.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green
#58899 - 11/23/0509:49 PMRe: Sharpening a Step bit
Part of that is keeping it cool, if I have a bunch of holes to make I will keep a cup of water near me to keep dipping the unibit in between holes."
Bob, i have been using cup of water since i started using step bits, with good results, good post, as far as sharpen, not worth the time, we have a built in tooling charge, for all jobs, so cost is never a problem.
#58900 - 11/23/0510:17 PMRe: Sharpening a Step bit
Thanks for the replies...I usually try to take care of my bits but I accidentally plowed through stucco with this one and ruined it instantly. I already bought a replacement but I thought if I could sharpen the old one for a backup....you know, on one of those rare Sunday afternoons when you are tinkering in your shop or garage while taste testing a few brews.
#58901 - 11/24/0502:16 AMRe: Sharpening a Step bit