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Best metric drill bit set for metal? Answered

I've switched over to everything metric, but one problem still remains: I can't find metric drill bits. Is there a good set of metric drill bits that are on par with Dewalt's Titanium or Cobalt Drill bits? I mainly work with stainless steel and 6061 aluminum. 

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Best Answer 7 years ago

If all else fails, ask a British 'ibler to help you out and send a box over when his mom visits his sister in Florida next month.

Don't know where you'd find one of them.....

What increment/sizes do you need ? My professional sets start at 1mm in 0.1mm increments up to 6, then 6 to 10mm.

We buy a lot of our stuff from http://www.mscdirect.com/ - and since the UK arm sells almost exclusively in metric, they MUST have the things in the US too.

Steve

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JamesRPatrick
JamesRPatrick

Answer 7 years ago

Hmm...I was looking at these from Chicago Latrobe. 1.0mm - 6.0mm in 0.5mm increments seems about right, although it would be nice to have them up to 8mm as I sometimes use M8 bolts. I could always just buy an 8.0mm bit though.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

That's a heck of a price for 11 drills.

Similar.

http://www1.mscdirect.com/eCommerce/NavigationServlet/Holemaking/Drilling-Drill-Bits/Drill-Bit-Sets/_/N-1z13btcZ77h4jZ1yxrjca?refinement=4289258341&searchandizedOk=N

Forget the "gold oxide", it doesn't make a right lot of difference.

Do you really need to use cobalts ? They're a lot more brittle than HSS, Cobalts are great if your're working with stainlesses.

And a UK offer.
http://www.mscdirect.co.uk/CGI/INSRIT?PMRQIT=DKDAA-25050H&partnerURL=http://dirxion.mscdirect.com/ukadvantage/oct%253FBookCode=u1012flx%2526SectionIndex=0%2526PageIndex=0%2526Arg=

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JamesRPatrick
JamesRPatrick

Answer 7 years ago

That first link is looking pretty attractive. I currently work with a lot of 6061 aluminum(or aluminium as you gents call it) but I have upcoming projects that will require some SS work. Will those HSS bits work with SS?

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

Take it easy on SS, and use a GOOD HP lubricant for drilling ops on stainless - it makes a HUGE difference. We use a local product called "Rocol"

DON'T drive the drill too fast - work out drill peripheral speeds at 20-30m/min with HSS, and PUSH the drill - if you don't, the metal work-hardens and takes the end off the drill.

Steve

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JamesRPatrick
JamesRPatrick

Answer 7 years ago

Gah! $11 shipping from just a couple states away. Are these things made of depleted uranium or something?

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

One of these things that, if you buy enough, they ship free, certainly here.
Shame though

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bwrussell
bwrussell

7 years ago

Google lets you find any information but Amazon lets you find any product. What you're looking for should be in HERE somewhere.

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Burf
Burf

7 years ago

Chicago-Latrobe makes the best drill bits I've ever used. Though I don't have any in metric sizes, I know they make them.
You can get them from most high end tool retailers and even Sears carries them, or they used to. Grainger's also sells them.
A word of caution though, I keep mine in a safe along with all my gold bullion, they are expensive.