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    I am seriously thinking of picking up one of these units, they seem to be a legit product that would be of use for some time to come.

    However, I don't know which model I need....one model is for 118 degree drills, and the other is for 118 and 135.....now bear in mind I'm new to this, but after checking the angles on a few drills that I use commonly, they didn't seem to be either of those angles exactly....I'm wondering how much difference it makes if I got the one for 118 and conformed my drills to that spec as they needed sharpening.
    Or would I be better off conforming them all to 135 as the need arose?

    If I can get away with all my drills being 118, that would be cheaper I believe.

    I work mostly in 1018, brass, and cast bronze, and use drills from 5/64-25/64 (roughly)with a center drill to start most holes if that has any bearing on anything.

    Thanks for taking the time....my knowledge is limited and common sense only goes SO far.

    John

  • #2
    I have one that I have hardly used but it works great. Tool Crib has the 750 model for $129 freight paid. Comes with a storage case which joy will want,unless you use it everyday.

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    • #3
      I have one also, good tool. They come with a fine grit wheel, but one can order a coarse grit wheel from their website. You will want it. If I remember right it was about $20.00. Worth it.

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      Paul G.
      Paul G.

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      • #4
        I have a Drill Doctor and have been very happy with it. I have sharpened many bits including cobalt bits with no problem. As for your question about 118 vs. 135 degree point angle - - 118 is the general purpose bit angle and will easily do all that you mentioned. 135 degree point angle is used on heavy duty bits for drilling stainless and hard steels. 135 points don't drill quite as fast but don't chip or break as much and also work fine in regular stuff. For a home shop you probably won't be able to tell the difference.

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        • #5
          My lady bought me the Handyman model for my birthday.. works great but this model only sharpens up to 1/2 drills. Get the bigger model.

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          • #6
            Got one, used to think it was great. Sharpened a couple dozen drills fine.

            Now I am thinking it is a hunk of trash.

            Wheel is perfect, but for the last few months it won't grind ANYTHING correctly. I have to guess at the right angles, the setup in the front always grinds a negative rake.

            Kinda stupid when the heel is higher than the edge.........and you can't get it set any better unless you ignore the directions.....and even then it isn't quite right.

            The idea is fine, the execution is trashy, just won't stand up to use, even though I am careful with tools, I don't beat on them. But this just was not worth the money. I wouldn't pay ANYTHING for one.

            This is the 500 model.

            Get one of those little "General" drill sharpening stands. It will work much better than the Drill doctor. And in 5 or 10 years it will still work just as well.

            BTW, drill doctor co didn't bother to reply to my inquiries. I guess they already have my money......

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            • #7
              <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Oso:
              Got one, used to think it was great. Sharpened a couple dozen drills fine.

              Now I am thinking it is a hunk of trash.

              Wheel is perfect, but for the last few months it won't grind ANYTHING correctly. I have to guess at the right angles, the setup in the front always grinds a negative rake.

              Kinda stupid when the heel is higher than the edge.........and you can't get it set any better unless you ignore the directions.....and even then it isn't quite right.

              The idea is fine, the execution is trashy, just won't stand up to use, even though I am careful with tools, I don't beat on them. But this just was not worth the money. I wouldn't pay ANYTHING for one.

              This is the 500 model.

              Get one of those little "General" drill sharpening stands. It will work much better than the Drill doctor. And in 5 or 10 years it will still work just as well.

              BTW, drill doctor co didn't bother to reply to my inquiries. I guess they already have my money......
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              I purchased a used 750 and it did the same thing. They litterally bent over backwords to help me fix the problem. I called their 800 number and they were very helpful. Hope you can resolve the problem. The little machines do an admirable job on most drills if I can set it up properly. Good Luck and God Bless...

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              • #8
                Oso is right. It is a POS machine. I bought to touch up slightly dull drills it does not even do light work very well. Makes a great door stop/paper wieght. Learn to sharpen off hand with drill point gage you will get much better results. Take new drill and and grind old drill till it looks like the new one. It takes practice and if you have good hand eye coordination and pay attention to the detail it works great. Plus you can alter drills to suit different needs.

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                • #9
                  It ain't heavy enough for a doorstop, and the cord gets in the way................


                  Maybe I oughtta call them, I hate stuff that don't work right when it should.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you all so much....plenty of food for thought.

                    Any other input is welcome!

                    John

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                    • #11
                      While we'er on the subject,has anybody had fun with the Darex units?

                      I have also seen lots of big and small machines for 1/4"and up drills but not many for the 1/4" and less sizes,I can freehand everything from 1/4"on up,but man those little suckers are a pita,plus it don't help having hands the size of ball mitts
                      I just need one more tool,just one!

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                      • #12
                        I have a Drill Doc and it does the job for me. When I bought mine, I go the case and an extra wheel for it on sale.

                        I use and abuse many drill bits in my shop don't buy many because of the Drill Doc.


                        Jerry

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                        • #13
                          Several years ago, an old Navy machinist taught me to freehand drill bits. Since then, I tore the jig off of a $700.00 bit sharpener and threw it in the trash. I have been freehanding everything form 1/16 to 1 1/8 ever since. If you can find somebody to teach you the art, you'll never go back to a jig machine.
                          Arbo & Thor (The Junkyard Dog)

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                          • #14
                            John
                            If you want a well made drill sharpener that can properly sharpen drill then save up for the Darex M-5. An excellent unit.

                            However, KBC, Travers, J&L Industrial and countless others sell drill sharpening guides in 118* and 135. Starrett makes a nice one for 118* only (the pinheads should have the 135* 90*, and other "common" angles available too).

                            Learn to do it my hand - it is a great way to get rid of that 5Gal. bucket of drills you have sitting on the floor waiting to get their turn at the grinder. The money you save on the dill doctor will buy you two really nice Norton SG wheels to do the drill bits on!

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                            • #15
                              Zinom.....the drill drs that are the better ones do either 118 or 135, and will split points (all of this is allegedly true).

                              The cheapo ones at home Depot use a cheezy abrasive, and are not worth a "daggone".

                              If you want to try your luck, get a 500, you can upgrade to the ability to do 3/4 inch if you decide you like it. Some seem to.

                              But wait a while before you decide. I liked mine fine for about 30 drillbits. Then it went south.

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