drill doctor


Anybody have one or used one? Did you like it & did it sharpen bits o. k. ? Did a Google, but would like real life info.
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Michael Lane
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Yup, got one. I've used it several times and have no complaints but one. It don't do auger bits.
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I have had one for about two years and like it. It does a great job of sharpening standard bits. I have reclaimed a boxful of throw-asides. Actually, from a practical standpoint, I seldom sharpen bits on a one-by-one basis. They get set aside and I dedicate an hour or so to bringing them back to usefulness. That means I sharpen myself into boredom once every couple of months.
I believe mine is a model 500. It has replacable grinding stones. I have been told that cheaper ones require factory replacement but cannot verify this.
RonB
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I've been using one for about 6 months now - I love it. Only takes a few seconds to sharpen a bit, and what a difference it makes.
I have a low end model - it will only do regular bits. If you use alot of different bits, look into the higher up models that will do various bits.
Mike
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I received the DD705X as a gift. As a long-time advocate of learning to hand sharpening drill bits, I found this tool pleasant to use but too slow for me. I must confess that I still go to the grinder and touch up the bits.
I gave it to my brother, who could not hand sharpen a drill bit if his life depended on it. He thinks its the greatest invention on the planet.
Dave
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>Anybody have one or used one? >Did you like it & did it sharpen bits o. k. ? >Did a Google, but would like real life info.
Once upon a time, I could do a pretty decent job of hand sharpening drill bits, but it is a use it or lose it skill, and I lost it.
If the majority of your bits that need sharpening are 3/8" or less, you will be money ahead to just buy replacement drills and forget the drill doctor.
Buy drill bit sets on sale and forget about it.
Option 2:
Find somebody who can sharpen drills INCLUDING brad points, save up all your drills that need sharpening until you have a bunch, then take then along with a cold 12 pack and head to your new friend's place.
Lew
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Bought the drill doctor about 5 yrs ago. In a nice hard case with a video tape to use. Sharpened all the bits (100 - 200 ) and have not used it again. About $125 if I remember. Will not do brad point. Figure I can buy a lot of bits for the same money. So yes it works, necessary , well guess that depends on your use of the bits. Don't throw them in a box or drop them and take care of them . Guess the answer really is .... How bad do you want another toy. Assume you are not going to make a living with the bits.
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I totally agree with this point of view. The Drill Doctor cost several times the cost of a new box of drill bits. I don't think I'll live long enough to pay back for this gadget.
If I was making a living using drill bits and I was going through a box per month, the Drill Doctor would make sense but it's not my case.
Greg D.
On Fri, 28 Jul 2006 17:27:38 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (O D) wrote:

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Learn to sharpen them by hand.
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On Fri, 28 Jul 2006 12:42:10 -0500, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Michael Lane) wrote:

Yep - have one and it works great. Don't use it too much since I don't use my drill bits as much as I used to but it has salvaged a lot of bits for me.
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