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Old 01-30-2009, 01:29 PM   #31
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Going back to Spade Bits. I have some of the Bosch "Rapid Feed" Spade Bits that are IMO the fastest cutting Spades because the tip is threaded which helps pull the bit through the wood.

I also like to buy drills in a set. Bosch sells some of their Spades in a roll up Nylon pouch which makes it very convenient to find the right size plus it is a visual reminder that all the bits on in their slots when rolling up when finished.

The only thing I don't like about their Spade pouch sets, is that none include their hex drive 6" extension which instantly converts all their 6" Spades into 12" Spades.

Amazon doesn't carry many Bosch Spades but they do have a good deal on the Bosch 12" Extension:
Amazon.com: BOSCH 12" Bosch Spade Bit Extension Part No. SBE1012: Home Improvement

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Old 01-30-2009, 01:31 PM   #32
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I just bought the Greenlee 3/4" x 18" NailEater. Wow! This is a serious drill!
Good thing I purchased the DeWalt 1/2" drill last month. This bit wouldn't work with anything less.

I did look at the Irwin bits, but I didn't see the set of Speedbor Max that Jim_Port recommended.
I considered an Irwin 3/4" auger, but it was not the long shaft; this was not the one with the 1/4" quick change shaft, so I would have needed to purchase another extension; so I went to electrical to check out the Greenlee. Interesting that Home Depot doesn't sell Greenlee products in any part of the store besides electrical. I would have thought at least the auger bits would be with the others in tools.

I can't wait to do some drilling with this monster!

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Old 01-30-2009, 03:18 PM   #33
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KE2KB.,

Speaking of augars bit I do have monster 1.5 inch size that one mandtory half inch drill { slow speed type only } or larger due the effort of cutting on this large augar bit is very strong and if not braced or hold the drill right .,, See ya in the Emergecy Room

{ I manged from time to time to rip the 2X4's right off it place and some case spit it in half }

For Greenlee tools normally useally found in electrical supply centre { I really doubt the big box store may carry various items what normal contractor will use }

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Old 01-30-2009, 06:12 PM   #34
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I should be OK with my variable speed 1/2" DeWalt drill. The side handle is mandatory of course.
But I just realized that I should have also bought a shorter bit for use between studs. Unless I go in at an angle, the 18" plus drill won't be fitting between studs<g>
It's on my list for my next HD trip, which I seem to be taking all too often these days<g>

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Here are some el cheapo Auger drills:
Harbor Freight Auger Drills

Also nothing helps more for drilling through studs than an Angle Drill.
The first one is from Harbor Freight:
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Here are some el cheapo Auger drills:
Harbor Freight Auger Drills

Also nothing helps more for drilling through studs than an Angle Drill.
The first one is from Harbor Freight:
Wow I didn't know Harbor had one for that little. I might have got one for this project had I know one was available for that price. Luckily I don't have too many holes left to do.
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Hi Jamie,
Yeah I thought they were low $ too. I have the Hitachi 3/8" and the Makita 1/2" that I bought 24 years ago when I bought this 1954 house and almost immediately started a major rewire, All Flex and Emt. The house had six breakers total, and NO Main. One of the original breakers was wired (thru flex) with a Green Hot. It was legal in 1954 to use green for Hot. Their was NO green bonding wire, I added all that plus a lot of new runs.

Now I've got 200 Amps with 54 breakers. A few years later my neighbor did a major rebuild and put in a new service with 55 Breakers with a wink

If I had to do it over, knowing what I know now I would have bought the HF drill rather than the Makita. I also would not have used 32 SquareD GFCI breakers. Now I know first hand about nuisance tripping.

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