Inexpensive step bits?

I have some Klein unibits and love them (bought them years ago).
I need some other sizes and see a lot of "titanium nitride" step bits
(harbor freight and others) for just
12 - 15 bucks.
When I bought my Kleins a long time ago, they were a very specialty
item...in fact, I think only Klein made them.
So, what's the deal with these inexpensive bits? any users out there?
are they any good?
At that price I could buy 2 or 3 bits for what the Klein would cost.
Just need to drill 050-060 aluminum at most -- I never drill steel.
Reply to
mkr5000
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I have a set from HF. They seem to work OK so far, but I don't have any nice one's to compare to.
-Brian
Reply to
rtandems
Did you get that pair for 12.99 ? !
I paid 40 bucks a pop for these old Kleins.
What the heck -- worth a try.
Reply to
mkr5000
I think I bought my first Klein back in 85 or so for about $65.
I bought some at Harbor Freight recently, but haven't had time or occasion to try them.
Reply to
Elliot G
Actually, I got three for $8.99:
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rtandems
The HF bits are fine for mild steel and softer material. They cut very well, and don't dull very fast. ON SS, they wear quickly; FI on 22GA sheet, mebbe 25 holes per stage. JR Dweller in the cellar
mkr5000 wrote: > I have some Klein unibits and love them (bought them years ago). > > I need some other sizes and see a lot of "titanium nitride" step bits > (harbor freight and others) for just > 12 - 15 bucks. > > When I bought my Kleins a long time ago, they were a very specialty > item...in fact, I think only Klein made them. > > So, what's the deal with these inexpensive bits? any users out there? > are they any good? > > At that price I could buy 2 or 3 bits for what the Klein would cost. > > Just need to drill 050-060 aluminum at most -- I never drill steel.
Reply to
JR North
I have a gen-u-wine "Unibit" & a 3-bit HF set. I can't tell the difference. Used for mild steel & softer.
Bob
Reply to
Bob Engelhardt
I have several sets of the 3 piece set and the bigger size 2 piece set from HF in the lab. Absolutely great for aluminum, fine for steel sheet, not really the ticket for 6" heavy channel. (Even though they get used for all of the above.)
mkr5000 wrote: > I have some Klein unibits and love them (bought them years ago). > > I need some other sizes and see a lot of "titanium nitride" step bits > (harbor freight and others) for just > 12 - 15 bucks. > > When I bought my Kleins a long time ago, they were a very specialty > item...in fact, I think only Klein made them. > > So, what's the deal with these inexpensive bits? any users out there? > are they any good? > > At that price I could buy 2 or 3 bits for what the Klein would cost. > > Just need to drill 050-060 aluminum at most -- I never drill steel.
Reply to
RoyJ
I use step bits quite a bit in the field. As expensive as they are they are still a lot cheaper than a slug buster set. I have used the Klein, Greenlee, and a number of others. I have found that the tip and the diameter I use most tend to wear out on all of them fairly quickly. When I saw the HF ones I went out and bought two packages. As near as I can tell so far, the don't wear out any faster than the more expensive ones. Sad to say, but even if they do, the price is worth it. Also, since I have hourly techs they are even cheaper still since it doesn't copst as much to replace when they leave one in an atic or drop it through a floor grate.
Reply to
I R AN IDIOT
Great -- nice to have the confidence my money won't be wasted. Hell, I'll just buy 2 or 3 sets.
You never know they could jump in price to 13.99 or something. LOL
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mkr5000

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