I bought one to sharpen my smaller bits, I find it works okay. I still prefer sharpen my larger bits that are big enough to see what I'm doing by hand.
It takes a lot of sharpening to justify the cost. I use numbered and letter drills quite a bit drilling steel so do sharpen a lot of different sizes, if it was only to sharpen small fractional bits to drill wood it would likely be cheaper to buy the bits in bulk and throw the dull ones away.
I've had one available for about 20 years, gave it to my Dad one fathers day. I inherited it back when he passed. The only thing is it doesn't work with the deWalt bullet tip bits or brad points but a regular twist bit only takes a few seconds. Great company too, they also make the Worksharps.:smile:
Actually, just to tack onto Rich's post a bit. You can even fix most broken bits. As long as it isn't broken off to short, I've put a "sorta" tip on a broken one with a bench grinder and finish it with the Drill Doctor. Drill Doctor is expensive but the only bits I find I am replacing anymore are the ones my son borrows and looses:laughing:
Some people can sharpen a drill bit by eye, some people can throw a baseball 104 MPH. These are not normal people, they are oddities of nature. No matter how much I practice I will never throw a baseball 104 MPH, the genes are not there, same with a drill bit. I have had a Drill Doctor for about 15 years, I am sure it has paid for itself. Much easier to sharpen a bit than drive to a store and buy a new one! Good luck JIm
For you guys that free hand do you use the face of the wheel or the side. Directions say to never ever use the side of the wheel but I see guys do it for drill bits. My wheel s a 8" Cincinnati Milicron wheel.
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