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dmartin
08-09-2018, 01:38 AM
I need to replace some small drill bits but I don't want to buy 12 of each which is the minimum allowed at Shars website. I was buying some other items and for the bits I need there is a minimum of 12 for the sizes that I needed.I know that it is common for smaller stuff like nuts and bolts to sometimes have a limit because it's not worth their while to sell a couple of each. I wanted to buy 3 of each of several sizes but I really don't need 12 of each. I like to buy smaller nuts and bolts at the Bolt Depot because I can buy one 10-32 screw if I really want to. I was about buy about $37.00 worth of other stuff so It's not like they aren't making some money off of the order.

I will get the bits at a local store which is a good thing anyway but if I could have added 3 of each drill bit to my existing order it would have been one less thing that I needed to remember to do. When I do shop at The Bolt Depot I try to buy enough stuff on one order to keep it from just being a pain in the butt for them to fill that small order. Where do you guys get your drill bits and are there any online stores that will sell a minimum of 3 or 4 bits if that is all you want?

Oh and by the way I had a 10% off coupon for Shars but I found that even with the coupon it was cheaper to buy the items at their E Bay store than to buy at the Shars website, $34.** on E Bay vs $37.** with the 10% coupon at the Shars website. It would be great if The Bolt Depot added drill bits to their online store, They would probably do well. Have a good one.

Dwight

CalM
08-09-2018, 01:52 AM
drills come in packs.

Why fight it.

J Tiers
08-09-2018, 02:04 AM
You can buy as many as wanted at a time from McMaster

epicfail48
08-09-2018, 02:11 AM
Bisco!
http://www.biscotoolsupply.com/drill-bits-metric-drill-bits-mm-drill-bits

Good prices, have every size you need, and arent charging $1.40 for a single 1/8" bit. I like McMaster as much as the next guy, but their prices for individual bits are crap, and i dont want to buy a new set of drills every time i snap a 1/16 bit. Been there, done that, too many indexes hanging around. Now if i snap a bit, ill just order 5 of that size and still come out ahead. Honestly, the price is low enough for the smaller sizes i most commonly use i dont bother sharpening them any more, just toss it and grab a new one. Not worth the trouble for $0.50

Yondering
08-09-2018, 02:16 AM
drills come in packs.

Why fight it.

I don't think I've ever had to buy my drill bits in packs.

I buy individual drill bits from McMaster, Fastenal, or Tacoma Screw. All sell quality drills, not the cheap junk you get from Harbor Freight or Home Depot.

Sparky_NY
08-09-2018, 06:25 AM
Recently bought some cobalt aircraft drills, 6 inch long, for drilling the 4140 prehard bolts in the latest gatling gun project. I drilled 5 inches deep into 8 pieces of that 4140 prehard, 5/16 hole and the bit was a sharp as when I started ! This place was extremely reasonable with their prices, fast ship and you can buy any quantity.

http://drillsandcutters.com/

Bob La Londe
08-09-2018, 10:25 AM
You can buy as many as wanted at a time from McMaster

Yep. I tend towards the screw machine lengths from them because they are shorter and stiffer. Your mileage will vary.

A proper tool store (not a box store and not most franchise stores) or a good bolt store will probably also have drill bins where you can buy individual drill bits.

dmartin
08-09-2018, 11:06 AM
Thanks for the information, I do have a good hardware store nearby. I'll get them there, it would have been convenient to add them to the Shars order that I placed yesterday.

Dwight

old mart
08-09-2018, 04:20 PM
I buy odd drills on ebay, but only good makes like Dormer, Osborn, Guhring and Presto.

AD5MB
08-09-2018, 04:25 PM
try Norseman Jobber AG190s. I used them to drill armor plate steel. never got one I loaned out back.

Paul Alciatore
08-10-2018, 01:41 PM
Yes. But for the small sizes it is a lot more economical to buy a pack of 10 or 12. And then you have spares on a Saturday night or a Sunday afternoon.

Many others also sell drill bits individually. I am not going to check out all of these: besides you did not mention the sizes that you want. But you can try:

https://www.grainger.com/

https://www.mscdirect.com/

https://www.travers.com/metalworking-cutting-tools-high-speed-steel-solid-carbide/c/297621/

http://www.wttool.com/

Most, if not all of them sell individual drill bits.

Did you search for "drill bits" or "cutting tools"? I think you would get tens of thousands of hits.




You can buy as many as wanted at a time from McMaster

umahunter
08-10-2018, 05:59 PM
I have actually bought singles of odd sizes from Amazon and many on prime and sometimes 6 for the price of 1 somewhere else also have got some singles from that site drills and cutters and also ebay

dmartin
08-10-2018, 08:51 PM
Yes. But for the small sizes it is a lot more economical to buy a pack of 10 or 12. And then you have spares on a Saturday night or a Sunday afternoon.

Many others also sell drill bits individually. I am not going to check out all of these: besides you did not mention the sizes that you want. But you can try:

https://www.grainger.com/

https://www.mscdirect.com/

https://www.travers.com/metalworking-cutting-tools-high-speed-steel-solid-carbide/c/297621/

http://www.wttool.com/

Most, if not all of them sell individual drill bits.

Did you search for "drill bits" or "cutting tools"? I think you would get tens of thousands of hits.

Hi Paul, thanks for taking the time to reply. I have never been known as the great communicator. What I was mostly wanting to know was, is there a "go to" place that many people like for drill bits. Such as in the Bolt Depot example that I like to use for bolts, especially small, sometimes hard to find stainless bolts. I do usually try to keep a couple of each of small drill bits on hand because the little ones do break easily and I can't see well enough to sharpen little drill bits anymore. I had 8 drill bits that I wanted to add a couple of each to my order but didn't want to buy 96 bits.

Anyway I got the bits that I needed today at a somewhat local hardware store today. I hadn't been to that store for awhile anyway and I like to go there once every now and then to see if they have any good drops that I can add to my collection. It's actually a machine shop on one side and a hardware store on the other. They do a variety of work, mostly for the local farms and some times have round and flat stock drops so it's good to stop in every now and then to dig through the drops. With Enco gone I no longer have a go to place for many of the things that I used to get from them. Have a good one.

Dwight

Paul Alciatore
08-10-2018, 09:53 PM
Dwight,

I do not quite consider drill bits to be a commodity type item. That being said, if I just need a run-of-the-mill drill bit, I would probably go to McMaster which was mentioned first by others. That would be my "go to" supplier for them and probably the same for many others. They will not be the cheapest. They will not tell you what brand you are getting. But they do have good quality drills and unless there is a special need, you will not go wrong with them. And they will have almost any style or size bit you may want so 99.9% of the time I do not have to search any further. And my time is becoming more and more precious.

However, I do also buy some high quality drill bits. In those cases, I probably have a brand name or some spec that I want and I will search for that brand name or spec on the internet. I am starting to do this more and more now that I have around ten or more sets of run-of-the-mill bits and a number of extras that were purchased in lots of 10 or 5 or 3.

Perhaps that helps you more than my laundry list of suppliers.

PStechPaul
08-10-2018, 11:03 PM
I checked Banggood for drill bits, and all they have are metric. They have a range of quality, and the best look very good, but they come in sets or assortments with various quantities of several sizes.

https://www.banggood.com/Drillpro-50pcs-11_522_53mm-HSS-M35-Cobalt-Twist-Drill-Bit-p-1290447.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN (50 pieces for less than $5, 1-5 mm)

https://img.staticbg.com/thumb/gallery/oaupload/banggood/images/09/24/c5e3a237-3f9c-45f8-88b8-40d04aaa0082.jpg
https://www.banggood.com/15pcs-1_5-10mm-HSS-M35-Cobalt-Twist-Drill-Bit-p-1096838.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN (15 pieces 1.5-10 mm, $8.80)

https://img.staticbg.com/customers_images/newlarge/ae/b8/2018020507540939-1096838.jpg

https://www.banggood.com/99Pcs-1_5-10mm-Titanium-Coated-HSS-Twist-Drill-Bits-Set-p-1146845.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN (99 pieces, 1.5-10 mm, $18)

https://img.staticbg.com/thumb/gallery/oaupload/banggood/images/BA/F0/9deb8c35-23c1-4e59-8100-2d017d92d89f.jpg
https://www.banggood.com/Description-p-992335.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN (Single bits, 1-8 mm, $1.29-$2.79ea)

https://img.staticbg.com/thumb/gallery/upload/2015/08/SKU261281_1.jpg

dmartin
08-10-2018, 11:36 PM
Yes Paul I don't consider them a commodity item either, but why do you buy them by the dozen if you don't consider them a commodity:D. That is why I don't buy them very often. But if you are going to break a bit it is probably going to be a small one so I like to keep an extra around. I'm all stocked up now and probably won't need to buy any for awhile.

Dwight

Paul Alciatore
08-10-2018, 11:45 PM
I spent a lot of my life watching every cent. I guess that worked, but somewhere along the line I realized that I was often paying top dollar for items that I would need again in a relatively short time. So, for low price items, like small drills, I started looking for the price break point and often buying enough of that item to get the lower price. This has worked out well for things like 1/16" drill bits and small screws and nuts. For more costly things, like a 1/2" drill bit or a large, high grade screw, I still buy only what I need or perhaps one or two more to account for loss or breakage. So, that's where I am now. Who knows what I will be doing in a year or two.

But you should do your thing.




Yes Paul I don't consider them a commodity item either, but why do you buy them by the dozen if you don't consider them a commodity:D. That is why I don't buy them very often. But if you are going to break a bit it is probably going to be a small one so I like to keep an extra around. I'm all stocked up now and probably won't need to buy any for awhile.

Dwight