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Found a drill fit that is the exact size you need to drill the drive plate recess for the Deluxe PM kits . I had been using a 7/8" bit and then enlarging it slightly for a fit. I got a 23 mm bit and it a good fit; not loose and not tight. Just wanted share.
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If anyone is ever looking for a good source for odd sized bits and such look around your home town for a good machine shop that does sharpening. I have a place that does all of my carbide sharpening for my day job but also does some custom work for me at very reasonable rates.

I.e. I can take any drill bit a size larger and have it made into the exact diameter I want. It comes in handy when you need that "exact" tool.
 

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If anyone is ever looking for a good source for odd sized bits and such look around your home town for a good machine shop that does sharpening. I have a place that does all of my carbide sharpening for my day job but also does some custom work for me at very reasonable rates.

I.e. I can take any drill bit a size larger and have it made into the exact diameter I want. It comes in handy when you need that "exact" tool.
Where are you located in MI? I live in the UP and recently took some forstner bits to a local shop and had to return because they were so dull I could not use. I have brad pinit that need sharpening.
 

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I work in Grand Rapids but live on the lakeshore. Carbide Specialties is the name of the guys who do the sharpening and custom tool building. They are nothing short of first class.

Sorry to hear about those bits. A forstener is one of the easier bits to sharpen and I can't believe they couldn't do it, makes ya wonder if they even had the proper machinery to do it.

What part of the u.p. ya from? I have a lot of family in Iron River.
 

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I work in Grand Rapids but live on the lakeshore. Carbide Specialties is the name of the guys who do the sharpening and custom tool building. They are nothing short of first class.

Sorry to hear about those bits. A forstener is one of the easier bits to sharpen and I can't believe they couldn't do it, makes ya wonder if they even had the proper machinery to do it.

What part of the u.p. ya from? I have a lot of family in Iron River.
I live west of Alpha and east of Indian lake. I live in Maggie Lakes. I am 13 miles from down town Iron River.
 

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Update. I ordered a 23mm drill bit and just assumed it was 23mm. I was in the shop over the weekend and I looked at the size on the bit. It is actually marked 29/32".
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Update. I ordered a 23mm drill bit and just assumed it was 23mm. I was in the shop over the weekend and I looked at the size on the bit. It is actually marked 29/32".
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I appreciate the frustration, although your drill is only a little bit bigger.

I ordered a Colt Maxi-Cut 1 1/8in dia drill for my pepper mills. I used the drill and the hole was too large. What the heck?????

I measured the drill and it is 1 3/16in. So either big error in manufacture or mis labelled. I had to put a piece of tape on the storage tube to remind me. I have needed 1 3/16in at times, but I still need to order another 1 1/8in bit.
 

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Dave Paine said:
I appreciate the frustration, although your drill is only a little bit bigger.

I ordered a Colt Maxi-Cut 1 1/8in dia drill for my pepper mills. I used the drill and the hole was too large. What the heck?????

I measured the drill and it is 1 3/16in. So either big error in manufacture or mis labelled. I had to put a piece of tape on the storage tube to remind me. I have needed 1 3/16in at times, but I still need to order another 1 1/8in bit.
Sorry David I am not frustrated. The drill bit is the size I need. I just did not think I could get a drill bit some where between 7/8" and 15/16". So I measured the drive plate and it was a little less than 23mm. So I searched the net for a 23mm bit and I found one listed as a 23mm bit. However it is stamped as 29/32". On the site I ordered from it was stated that you need a 23mm bit for some kit that they sold. I sure 29/32" and 23mm are very close. Just wanted to update the bit size I actually received. I sure if you could get a 23mm bit it would work for the drive plate.
Tom
 
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