Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Near Boston, Massachusetts
While I agree they're less likely to slip, I've had a terrible time finding them new. I've found a few places online that sell large auger bits (1/4" and larger, mostly), but nothing smaller than that. And even those I can't get locally -- I absolutely HAVE to order online. Lowes can't get 'em. Home Depot can't get 'em. Neither of my local Ace stores knew what I was talking about when I asked if THEY could get them. My local Aubuchon went out of business, probably because they got confused when people asked where the hammers were. (True quote: "I'm not sure we carry those... what are they for?") Walmart doesn't have them, although they're listed on the Walmart web page so I might be able to get them to order me one.
If I need a new bit for a project, I don't want to wait a week for it to come in. I'd like to be able to run down to the store and buy one. I don't mind delaying my purchase on a major tool, but a drill bit?
That's not even mentioning the fact that I've already GOT a lot of round-shank bits. Some of them are cheap and need to be replaced anyway, but some of them are decent quality bits and quite sharp. Why replace those?
Basically: Yeah, I'd rather just use it with square-shank bits. But that's not an option for some things, and it's not a quick option for anything.