Eight brands, 8,000 holes, surprising results
Synopsis: When it comes to drilling wood, it’s clear to consulting editor Chris A. Minick that brad-point bits are simply better than standard twist bits. The profile of a brad-point bit creates a much cleaner hole in most cases, while the brad in the center makes it easy to place the bit accurately on layout lines. What was less clear, however, was whether higher-priced bits are worth the extra money. Eight brands, many cups of coffee, and thousands of holes later, Minick has the answer.
Brands tested for durability, accuracy, efficiency, and chip-clearing ability are the spade-shaped bits from Harbor Freight, Tool Shop, and Fisch Precision; the W-shaped bits, Fisch “Vortex D” and WolfCraft; and the spur-shaped bits, Carbide Tipped from Highland Hardware (now Highland Woodworking), Lee Valley HSS, and Forest City.
I learned long ago that when it comes to drilling wood, reach for a brad-point bit rather…