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Best spade bits 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2020
Best spade bits of 2018
So, what exactly would anyone want to know about spade bits? I know most of us don’t really care much about the history and the origin, all we want to know is which of them is the best. Of course, I will spare you the history and go straight on to the best spade bits. Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs. Here, I will review 3 of the best spade bits of 2018, and we will also discuss the things to consider when looking to purchase one. I hope you will make an informed decision after going through each of them. I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency).
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this spade bits win the first place?
I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this spade bits come in second place?
This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture.
Why did this spade bits take third place?
It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
spade bits Buyer’s Guide
Use a twist bit for general drilling. A high-speed bit is the best.
When drilling concrete, brick, slate or plaster use masonry bits at low speeds.
When drilling tile or glass use the spear point at low speeds.
A hole saw is great to make large holes, but make sure the drill can handle the extra force or your burn the motor out very quickly. Always use your side handle.
The material of the drill bit is crucial. There are steel drill bits, high-speed steel, and cobalt bits. Titanium-coated, black oxide-coated, and carbide-tipped are some of the higher end bits. You can choose which bit is right for you. The type of wood will dictate which drill bit is better for you.
The way the drill bit is constructed is another factor to consider. Round shanks, hex shank, and a slotted drive system shank are all available. You can choose which one is right for your project.
There are several styles of drill bits available. Some of the most common are twist bits, brad-point bit, auger and installer bit. Depending on the type of work you’re doing, you will need to consider the style of the bit. Some will be more useful than others.
The size of the drill bits should be considered. If you need a larger hole drilled into the wood, you shouldn’t use a smaller bit. Most drills come with a variety of drill bit sizes, so you can choose the right one for your project.
These drill bits are suitable to use on a variety of material. You can use them for wood, plastic, metal, and masonry. Depending on what projects you want to take on at home, this is an excellent selection. You can do more with this drill set than other types of drill sets.
There are a variety of bits available to help you complete any task. The set includes power and insert bits. It’s ideal for those needing different tactics to complete any DIY project. You will have all the bits available at your disposal with this set.
The carbide tipped drill bits make them more durable than other types of drill bits. Since you can use the bits for any material, you can do more. Since they are carbide tipped, they can withstand the extreme temperatures associated with drilling.
The bits included with the drill set will fit nearly every type of drill. This is ideal for those that don’t have a Black & Decker drill at home. You can find the right drill bit for the job you’re doing. It’s simple and easy to change the bits.
Perfect for Drilling Wood
The drill bits were designed to drill through wood. This makes drilling easy, and allows you to drill through any type of wood. Even wood, such as plywood, doesn’t stand a chance against these drill bits. They’re perfect for any home project.
For around-the-house drilling and driving needs, there is no better option to turn to than the Ryobi 90-Piece Drill and Drive Kit. This set replaces our previous pick, the Ryobi 90-Piece Drilling and Driving Accessory Kit, which has been discontinued. The only functional difference is that the general purpose bits in the new kit are coated with black oxide and not titanium like they were in the older kit. After testing, we’re more than satisfied with their durability.
Ryobi has discontinued our previous pick and runner-up and replaced them with nearly identical drill bit sets. After spending three months testing the new versions, we’re satisfied with their performance. Our new pick is the Ryobi 90-Piece Drill and Drive Kit, which offers the widest variety of useful accessories for drilling holes and driving screws. If the Ryobi 90-piece set isn’t available, our new runner-up, the Ryobi 60-Piece Drill and Drive Kit, is also very nice. It has all the same essentials, just in smaller quantities.
The Ryobi kit contains two 1/8-inch and two 1/16-inch black oxide bits. In my experience, these are the most commonly used and most often broken sizes. Having a spare of each is a nice touch.
The main selling point of the Ryobi is that it comes with a full set of 2general-purpose black oxide coated bits and a smaller five-piece set of brad point wood bits. The brad points have a centering tip that makes for high-precision work. Because there are two bit sets, I’ve been using the black oxide ones for the aggressive and dulling work, like drywall anchors and pre-drilling for basement shelving, while saving the brad points for the delicate work, such as furniture repairs and kitchen shelving. It’s also important to note that the Ryobi kit contains two 1/8-inch and two 1/16-inch black oxide bits. In my experience, these are the most commonly used and most often broken sizes. Having a spare of each is a nice touch.
The black oxide bits max out in size at ⅜ inch. For larger holes, the Ryobi has a four-piece paddle bit set that goes up to inch. Beyond that is a four-piece hole saw set that goes up to 2⅛ inches, which is unique to the Ryobi kit. In addition, there is a five-piece masonry bit set.
The Ryobi kit also includes four depth stops, which are collars that can be locked on to a drill bit to set them to a specific drilling depth. When I installed a keyboard tray on the underside of a desk, these prevented me from drilling through the top of the desk. Most carpenters I know will simply wrap a piece of blue tape around the drill bit at the right depth and stop drilling when it makes contact with the wood, but using the depth stops is easier and much more accurate.
The screw on the left was driven into the plywood without any prep. For the middle screw, I used the countersink first. Notice how much cleaner it is. The countersink is one of the high points of the Ryobi kit.
A Ryobi masonry bit still going strong after making 21-inch-deep holes through a cinder block.
And as for durability, I’m more than satisfied with the Ryobi kit. Using the ⅜-inch masonry bit (the largest supplied), I drilled more than two dozen 1-inch-deep holes in a cinder block without the bit really slowing down.
The general purpose bits in the Ryobi are coated with black oxide. While titanium is technically preferable, the reality is that either one will deliver good performance. As mentioned earlier, the tester in the Family Handyman used a black oxide bit to bore 160 holes in a combination of pine, oak, aluminum, fiberboard, and steel. It was only after he drilled another 2holes in steel that the bit started to wear out. To satisfy our own curiosity, we took the largest bit from the black oxide Ryobi kit (⅜-inch) and drilled 100 holes into a two-by-four, 2holes into a 1/16-inch-thick aluminum, then another 50 holes in the two-by-four. After all this, the bit was still drilling with no problems. It should be fine for around the house work.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
Another potential flaw of the Ryobi kit is that the case doesn’t exactly scream durability. The lid is held on with three plastic hinges. The sliding latch is also plastic and sometimes needs to be wiggled to get it lined up properly. Overall, our test unit is still in fine shape, but a serious drop on a concrete floor would do some damage. The flip side of this is that a real construction-ready case would add significant bulk, as well as cost, to the Ryobi kit. As long as you’re careful with it, this case should be fine.
If the Ryobi 90-piece set isn’t available, the 60-piece set is also very nice. It has all the same essentials, but in smaller quantities.
If Ryobi’s 90-piece kit isn’t available, our second choice is Ryobi’s 60-Piece Drill and Drive Kit. Even though it’s smaller than our main pick, it still has far more useful pieces than any other kit out there. The 60-piece kit has the same basic selection of items as the larger kit, but just in smaller amounts. There is only one hole saw size (instead of four) and only one paddle bit (instead of four). It’s missing the depth stops and the selection of 2-inch driver bits, both of which are nice to have, but not essential. Spending a little more for the larger 90-piece kit is definitely worth it, but this one could work just fine instead.
Hard Woods vs Soft Woods
Typical hard woods include ash, beech, cherry, ebony, maple, mahogany, oak, rosewood, and teak.
The main reason this is important to know is that hard wood is typically more expensive than soft wood. Hard wood is also much harder to drill through than soft wood. You can use the same drills, but it will take more effort when faced with the harder type woods.
One of the major uses of hole saws is to drill holes in doors for security peepholes and locks. There are kinds of hole saws: one with a welded steel cup design (threaded onto an arbor) and the other with spring steel cutter (for locking into an arbor).
Often called the twist drills, these bits are widely used by handymen with either an electric or hand drill. The front part cut the element and the spirals remove the remains from the hole and keep the bit straight. They are used on metal, plastics, timber, and other materials.
Spur point bit
They are also known as dowel or wood bit and have a middle point as well as two hoisted spurs that assist keep the tool drilling straight. This bit bores timber quite fast when used with a power drill and always leave a clean hole. They are perfect for boring holes for dowels as the sides should be parallel and clean.
These bits have a special diamond ground tungsten carbide tip that can (generally) be used in both rotary and hammer modes. They are capable of drilling nearly every type of material, including wood, masonry, ceramic tiles, plastic, and metal.
Some manufacturers will recommend only using this type of drill bit on rotary mode when drilling masonry to preserve the integrity of the modified tip. Therefore, for regular and/or repetitive masonry drilling (especially into concrete), the use of dedicated masonry drill bits is still recommended.
Cobalt HSS Bits
Forstner bits are a very specialised drill bit type commonly used for installing concealed hinges (usually 26mm or 35mm in diameter). They are capable of boring large diameter holes in wood, and their flat-bottom design enables users to pull just short of going through the piece of wood. There are two types of forstner bits – those with a continuous rim and those with a saw-tooth rim. Continuous rim (as shown) bits leave a very clean edge and are best for smaller holes, while saw-tooth bits produce relatively rough holes, but are better for larger holes (over 25mm in diameter) and last longer.
These bits can be used in a handheld drill, but require a large amount of forward pressure to operate. It is therefore recommended that a drill press be used instead.
Plug Cutting Bit
Plug cutters are used to make timber plugs that fit into and conceal recessed screw holes in your soon-to-be varnished work. This is done by cutting the plugs out of a separate piece of the same timber you are working with so as to preserve the colour and grain of the wood. The most common sizes are 3/8?, 1/2?, and 5/8?.
These bits should be used in a drill press as they have no centre point to keep them steady and aligned. This also allows better control over the depth of the cut, as drilling all the way down to the end of the cutter will mean prying the plug out with a small screwdriver.
These bits have a normal HSS drill bit tip but after the first 15mm or so, the shaft of the bit changes into a unique abrasive pattern. When a lateral force is applied to the bit, this pattern is capable of sawing holes into wood or metal.
Be careful applying lateral force to the bit, as all drill bits are designed to be strongest when forward pressure is applied.
Drill saws can be difficult to steer, and can therefore produce a somewhat inaccurate hole. For more accurate holes, see hole saws.
The power drill has two other important components. There’s a button, near the trigger, that tells the drill whether to go forward (clockwise) or backward. There’s also (in most drills) a torque setting. When torque is set to its lowest (loosest) setting, it will tighten the screw until it feels a little tension, then start clicking rapidly. When torque is on its highest setting, it will keep tightening the screw until it cams out (see the screwdriver article, if you forgot what this means) or until something bad happens (strips the screw, pokes your eye out, etc.). Usually, you should start with a low to medium torque setting. Then, if you need more, adjust accordingly. → Pi:The most disturbing use of a power drill was in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Pi. Yes, he’s the guy who did Black Swan. Anyway, if you haven’t seen Pi, I won’t spoil it, but it’s a very disturbing use of a power drill.
There are different types of drill bits for different types of material. The most common are general-purpose, with a simple head, and can be used for most around-the-house projects. Others include spade or flat bits (for construction framing bolt-holes in wood), masonry (for concrete), brad point bits (for word or dowel work), and bits with a diamond carbide tip (for drilling into porcelain or other tough surfaces).
If drilling a large hole — especially in metal, or with a precise center point — you may first need to make a smaller “pilot hole” to help guide the drill and protect the material from cracking. Some bits do this for you, but these are specialized tools, and you could probably live a full and happy life without ever seeing one.
The most common types of cordless drills use keyless chucks, and these make use of three or more metal fingers to tightly grip a bit. These can be tightened by hand and are good for general purpose drilling and driving because they hold almost any bit. Make sure to check the maximum and minimum bit sizes for your keyless chuck, as this can vary significantly from drill to drill.
Quick connecting hex chucks are an innovative cordless drill feature specifically designed to hold hexagonal bits, and the streamlined design makes swapping out bits extremely efficient. They are ideal to drive long screws or when the task will place extra stress on the bit. The chuck grips the bit tightly on all six sides, preventing it from slipping, falling out, deforming or stripping the screw, which is why some top-rated cordless drills use hex chucks.
There are several reasons why you will be needing a multipurpose material for whatever project you are embarking on in this century. Then with considerations for the following reasons, one should consider having a multiple 90 degree drill bit.
In every project, there is a time factor that helps in speeding up things during work and that’s because you want to meet up with a particular target. You can’t imagine yourself running from one place to another wasting time because you do not have the perfect bit for you or what you want to do. With multiple 90 degree drill bit, this can be averted. Because you have the convenience to change to suitable bits when the need arises.
With multiple 90 degree drill bit, there are available alternatives for whatsoever you want to do. The package provides you with well-packed bits of different size and functions, increasing your chance of getting your job done without constraints or having to run from one place to another trying to get a tool that seems not to be available to you in single function drills.
Getting a drill with limited number of bits means paying more to avoid disappointment during your work. This is because you will definitely have to spend more on getting several drills to have enough bits for you to carry out your work properly and effectively. But with multiple 90 degree drill bit, you are going to be paying less to get a pack of all the necessary bits for your work. This will lead to a reduction in cost of doing business and at the same time maximize profit.
It has never been an easy task carrying several packs of different drill bits from one place to another. With a well packaged drill bit containing all the necessary 90 degree drill bits, you can worry less about the stress you have to go through before getting your tools to the place where they’ll be needed and the time you will be saving yourself in doing that.
Drilling holes in various materials is something you probably haven’t given a whole lot of thought to during your do-it-yourself career. But it’s something that can bring your project to a screeching halt if you don’t have the right tools or knowhow. In this video we’ll explore how to drill different types of holes in different materials.
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Drilling holes in various materials is something you probably haven’t given a whole lot of thought to during your do-it-yourself career. But it’s something that can bring your project to a screeching halt if you don’t have the right tools or knowhow. Different materials require different drill bits. Even the types of holes you need to make will dictate the type of drill bit you need.
Today we’re going to learn about the different types of drill bits you’ll need to have in your arsenal to drill a variety of holes in different types of materials. We’ll look at how to make a basic small pilot hole in a piece of wood, as well as larger holes for different applications. Then we’ll drill holes in different substances such as metal, brick and tile. So let’s get started.
Drilling holes in wood is where we’ll begin our discussion because it’s probably the most common type of material that you’ll be drilling into.
Let’s begin by making a standard small hole in a piece of hardwood where we will be inserting a screw. Without a pilot hole, wood can split. This is called a pilot hole, and we’re going to use a pilot hole drill bit to plow out the waste so our screw won’t split the wood. We’ve selected a drill bit where the shank of the bit is slightly smaller than the size of the screw. The tip of the drill bit has what’s called a pilot point, which means you can place the bit exactly where you want it to go. Now, make sure your drill is set on drilling speed, hold the drill perpendicular to the piece of wood, and start drilling.
If you’re not drilling all the way through the wood, you may want to put a piece of tape on the bit to show you the depth where you need stop drilling. These pilot point bits are also the same bits we’ll use to drill holes in thin metal, such as this heating duct. Just make sure the bit can be used on metal, which is usually denoted on the packaging or drill bit case.
This next group of drill bits is designed to make larger holes in wood. This is called a spade bit and the size of the hole is determined by the width of the cutting portion of the bit, which determines the diameter of the hole. Here is a variation on this same concept. This is called a speed bore bit, and it has an auger that helps remove waste.
Another option for drilling larger holes in wood is this hole saw, which is commonly used for drilling through doors where the lockset will be installed. Or an access hole for a birdhouse.
There are a variety of wood bits to choose from, so be sure to ask your local independent home improvement retailer for suggestions on the best bit for your specific application.
What about drilling through materials like brick and cement block? For this you’ll need what’s called a masonry bit, which has more of a flat and hardened tip designed to cut through this material. Here you see a standard drill bit next to it on the left. The thing to remember here is to take your time and let the bit cut through the material without applying excessive force.
For drilling holes in substances like this tile, we’ll use a tile bit. Again, it has a special design and tip to cut through this hard, dense material. Just give it time and be patient, and let the bit do its job.
Well there you have it. Now you can drill through most of the common substances you’ll be working with in your home improvement endeavors. And all it took was a little lesson in the basics of drilling holes.
Iffy camera performance
While flagship makers battle for the top spot with small bezels and pixel-perfect cameras, Motorola has been winning a more quiet, but equally important fight: to offer desired features in a phone without costing too much.
Speaking of features, the new Moto GPlus has them in spades. A fingerprint sensor, generous heaps of internal storage with microSD support, Google Assistant, fast charging, GSM and CDMA compatibility. The list goes on.
In that regard, it isn’t a far cry of last year’s value-packed Moto GPlus – not that you’d even know the two were related by looking at them.
Refreshed from top to bottom (and on the inside, too), the Moto GPlus has redefined itself and it didn’t even have to.
Android Oreo in the following months. It won’t revolutionize the way you use the phone, but notification dots, a retooling of the way apps work in the background, as well as picture-in-picture mode, make for some exciting additions.
Sitting front and center of the GPlus is its 5.2-inch Full HD (1080p) screen. A phone is usually only as good as its display and thankfully, this one doesn’t disappoint.
While we take every opportunity to bash manufacturers for not taking the leap to QHD (1440p) in more expensive devices -hrm, Sony -, FHD resolution suits Moto’s latest just fine. Games with a lot of detailed art look fantastic and VR experiences with the best Google Cardboard games will look just fine with its 42pixel-per-inch (PPI) screen.
Though, due to Google Daydream’s tough guidelines that only let in phones that have OLED screen tech running at 2K, the GPlus will have to keep dreaming.
Made in USA
Drill Hog continues to impress us with its technology-savvy products. These bits are infused with cobalt M4and have a tapered web, which means they are super durable and can handle a wide variety of hard steel like they were born for it. These drill on contact for cleaner holes and a longer life.
Faster cutting speed
These titanium-coated bits can be used in both drills and high powered drill presses and work very well for more demanding projects such as auto repair and industrial steel work. This 30-piece, quick change set comes in increments of 1/64-inch, meaning you won’t be at a loss for the right size. Great product for the price.
Drill America delivers a great value with this 29-piece colbalt set that works well on about any type of steel, stainless steel or fiberglass, and are perfect for working in the auto industry. The handy little case has a clip for easy organization and transport. A well-done product that will last a long time.
Faster chip ejection
Made with the super-durable 5% cobalt M-4alloy, these bits are ready to tackle the hard stuff with features that include a heavy duty spiral flute design to bore cleaner and faster, and a 135-degree split point tip for easy penetration. Tested to work great in automotive repair with a lot of 5-star reviews, this set works like a charm and the metal case keeps it all organized.
If you are searching for drill bits that maintain premium durability and longevity after multiple uses, then consider this Tooluxe Titanium Drill Bit set. Constructed from classic high-speed steel and perfect for drilling into wood, plastic, and softer steels, these bits are titanium-coated for durability and equipped with a 1/4-inch male hexagonal shafts for a secure, sturdy fit into your drill. The 135-degree split point tip with its twist design is designed to tackle harder material, provides an easier self-centering while it reduces walking and will add longevity to the life of the bit.
The twist design will quickly remove all the chips and particles, leaving behind a sharp, clean drill. Another nice thing about this bit set is that it comes with a handy rubber holder and a size index for easy, convenient storage and organization. For a great price that really cannot be beat, this set is a great choice in value, durability, and overall versatility .
Now if you do plan on doing some serious and regular DIY, it is certainly worth investing in a few good drill bit sets, of different types.
If you own one of these sets, then you will have enough drill bits, to be able to do 90% of the jobs required around the home and garden. If you are only ever going to buy one set, then spend a little extra and get good quality bits from a good brand. Avoid really cheap bits at all costs. They don’t last long and they seldom do the job either, which will just leave you very frustrated.
Brad Point Drill Bits
The most common and popular of these types is the simple brad point, Usually these are bought in sets. They normally cost around £5-for about 7-drill bits in the most popular sizes. These are available from companies like Bosch, Dewalt SilverLine and Draper. The brad point actually refers to the sharp point you will find on the end of these drill bits.
Forstner Drill Bits
These are used to drill round holes that leave a flat base when finished. These are very popular for people who make doors, cabinets and kitchens. These are more expensive though, and typically cost around £20 for a set of 7-drill bits.
Jobber Drill Bits for Harder Metals
Most bits for drilling metal are made from High Speed Steel (HSS) and can then be coated to add strength and durability. The coatings include titanium, nitride and cobalt.
Standard Twist Metal Drill Bits – This is the most common drill bit available, for straightforward drilling into all types of metal. Usually these come in a set of 10-1bits, in a range of sizes, and they cost around £10-1for the set.
Titanium Step Cone Metal Drill Bits – These are now a very popular choice for many engineers. These can also be used for drilling wood.
Drill B its for Drilling Hard Metals – There area lot of hard metals used in engineering and in the making of many products. These jobber drills are designed to work for drilling through those. Like most bits, buying a small set is always much better vale. These are also not that expensive.
Drill Bits for Larger Holes
There will of course be times, when you will need to drill much larger holes. I have already mentioned Forstner bits, spade bits and the cone style bits. These can all drill larger holes. If you want even larger holes than those, then you will need something like a hole saw.
These are often used for drilling out door locks, and getting pipes through walls or floors. They are used a great deal more by people in the trade. Home owners can of course make use of these, but they are not that commonly used.
If perhaps you decide to fit laminate flooring yourself, you may need something like this. These use a hex shank, to fit into your drill. A drill bit centres the hole, and the serrated edge of the spinning bit, cuts its way through the material. You need specific types depending on the material you are trying to cut.
Trenching shovels are something similar to drain spades. Drain spades are more like to dig up something, and with a trenching shovel, you can clean it. It has a pointed and sharp tip and squared sides. It helps to produce clean trench and no damage to surrounding soil. The trenching shovel is good for digging trenches for cables, pipes or a trench for composting.
Tips for choosing a shovel
7. When you are choosing a shovel, pay attention to the method how the handle is fixed to a blade. The best option is a bolt, but if there is some attachment with a small screw or just pressed in, it will serve maybe one year.
12. For digging up existing garden, experts are saying that you need to use shovel-fork. It will add air to the soil and will break up clumps.
1Another type of shovels which I was mentioning, in the beginning, you can buy if you really need them. Otherwise, there is no point of that.
Remember to clean shovel after working from dirt, protect it from rusting and store in a dry place. Sharpen blade once or twice per season.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your spade bits wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of spade bits
- №1 — TR Industrial TR89100 Electric Demolition Jackhammer with Point
- №2 — 6 Piece – High Speed Steel – 6″ Wood Boring / Spade Drill Bit Set
- №3 — Black & Decker 71-536 1/4-Inch to 1-1/2-Inch Spade Drill Bit Assortment