Over on on ToolGuyd - Stuart posted about a set of twist drill bits from Makita that combines 3 different styles (Brad Point, Masonry Bits and TiN coated Jobber-Length bits).
About a year ago Stuart also posted about buying twist drills on a budget:
Having bought a lot of twist drills over the years – for shop and field use – and stocking drawers in some Huot cabinets with the most used sizes , I’d think that I could trust old familiar brands – but many have moved production off-shore so who knows any more.
It used to be that I’d buy:
Greenfield Tap and Die, or Cleveland HSS bits in black oxide or bright finish – depending on the application.
Brad Point Bits from W.L. Fuller, Forrest City or more recently Colt and Schlagring.
Masonry bits like the ones in the Makita set – not so much if at all
The field guys were forever buying small twist drill bits at Home Depot – probably whatever brand they laid their eyes on first – and we generally considered these as disposables – certainly not worth bringing into the shop tool room to re-sharpen
At home – I have a mix of old GT&D and old Cleveland bits that I try to keep sharpened
My at-home set of brad point bits is from Lee Valley – and perform well
Is it time to revisit recommendations on drill bits?
Do you have any current favorites to recommend?