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I bought one two years ago and to me it sucks. I just cannot get the hang of it, talked to a couple other guys about them and they think its great. Never use mine now, just sits on a shelf and collects dust. I try to find drill bits at auctions, when they get dull I just toss em in the trash.
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I have their model 750 upgrading from their older line model 400
their newer sharpeners are built cheaper than the older styles..
the newer ones are a lot louder/noisier because of the way they the motor is mounted. I spoke with them and they also said they are using a different motor and are aware of the additional noise, but no immediate solution.
As far as operation goes since buying the Drill Doctor, the only drill bits I buy are sizes I don't have.
It does take some patience to learn how to properly use the tool. It is designed for a right handed user so if you're left handed it may be awkward. I know this as I'm left handed.
Their newer design line does allow for easier bit alignment.
If you watch their video a few times you will get the concept. Also first try sharpening larger bits like 3/16" or 1/4" so you can see how you did.
The only negative is when you do small bits like 7/64" or 1/8" and they are short in length it can be difficult.
The model 750 has all the bells and whistles and I recommend you buy their top of the line..you will be more satisfied in the long run.
I have had the 400 over 5 years and the 750 almost 2 years and have not needed to replace the sharpening wheel. The wheel should last you a very long time.
I just bought the model XPK the other day. It's a step below the 750.
I've sharpened about a dozen bits with it and I think it works great. I tested them out--before and after-- on some hardwood. All my old bits are like new.
I guess it can be hard to justify $100+ when you can buy new for a few bucks. But it will eventually pay dividends.
I had one and it worked great. If you use it properly it works as advertised. I like the models with the split-point feature. The newer models have become cheaper in quality, like most everything else.
I don't suppose it works with pilot point bits such as dewalt bits right?
It will sharpen pilot point bits as regular or split-point bits - you lose the pilot point.