Harbor Freight Drills Down on Drill Bits

All drill bits are not created equal—there are many different types of bits and a variety of materials used to make them. In some cases, the same drill bit can be used on different materials, but is it necessarily the best choice? It’s important to know a bit about bits to optimize the results of your respective task or project …

 

Twist Bits
These are some of the most common bits to find in the handyman’s toolbox. Used with either a hand or electric drill, the front edges cut the material and the spirals remove the debris along the length of the bit. However, there is a lot of variation with these bits. HSS (High Speed Steel) bits are generally characterized by their black color but more expensive and durable ones may contain cobalt or titanium coating (identified by the gold color). Titanium increases the hardness of the bit and facilitates a lubricating quality which is effective when drilling metals but has little impact on other materials.

Harbor Freight has several Twist Bit sets from which to choose, including the Titanium Drill Bit Set 29 Pc. These titanium drill bits run cooler, drill smoother and last up to three times longer than standard drill bits. The bits range in size from 1/16 in. to ½ in. in 64ths.

Harbor Freight also carries the 115 Pc Cobalt Drill Bit Set. These cobalt drill bits retain their hardness up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit making them ideal for drilling cast iron, heat-treated steel, stainless steel and other hard materials. With 135 degree tips, the cobalt drill bits not only last longer but also cut faster than standard high speed steel bits.

 

Brad Point Bits (a.k.a. wood or dowel bits)
These bits are best used on wood (some plastics) and are characterized by a small point at the tip of the bit. Spurs on either side cut clean, straight holes. They’re ideal for drilling holes for dowels, which is why they’re also called dowel bits. These drill bits are a staple for wood workers.

Harbor Freight offers the Brad Point Wood Drill Bit Set 7 Pc with 3/8 inch cutdown shanks. These outstanding bits resist skating and feature extra sharp flutes designed to smooth hole sides while ejecting chips faster to prevent overheating your drill. For projects utilizing either hard or soft woods, this set of brad point bits gets the job done quickly and accurately.

 

Auger Drill Bits
These bits are designed to cut large, deep and accurate flat-bottomed holes. The spiraling shaft comes to a fine, threaded point while the single spur cuts and defines the hole’s edge. The threaded center bites into the wood, pulling the bit into the timber. This pulling action makes it unsuitable for use in power drills.

Harbor Freight has several sets of auger drill bits available, starting with the Auger Bit Set 7 Pc. These 7-1/2 in. long auger bits make fast, clean holes in both soft and hard woods. The bits are made of heat-treated alloy steel that resists damage from nails. Other features include quick-change 3/8 in. dia. hex shanks and a ¼ in. bit with a ¼ in. hex shank.

Other Harbor Freight auger bits set include the 18 in. Ship Auger Bit Set 3 Pc and Stubby Auger Bit Set 6 Pc.

 

Wood Spade Bits (a.k.a. Paddle Bits, Flat Wood Bits)
The pointed tip centers the hole as the paddle-shaped blade bores large, wide holes. Sizes are clearly marked on the face of each bit. These larger bits require a fairly powerful drill and lend themselves to drilling fairly large flat-bottomed holes with a center point—works especially well when the head of a screw or bolt needs to be recessed in the lumber. The bits can cause a lot of splintering as they breakthrough the work piece but a sacrificial backing board will reduce this. These bits are not recommended for enlarging an existing hole.

Harbor Freight offers a variety of wood spade bit sets, including the Steel Spade Drill Bit Set 13 Pc. The extended spurs effortlessly cut crisp, clean holes in thick stock. Each bit is forged and heat-treated to withstand rigorous use. The ¼ inch quick-change shank works with drills and impact drivers.

Other Harbor Freight offerings include the Steel Spade Bit Set 6 Pc, Steel Large Diameter Spade Bit Set 4 Pc, and the Steel Stubby Spade Bit Set 3 Pc.

 

Masonry Bits
As the name implies, these drill bits are designed to be used on masonry material, including brick, block, stone, quarry tiles and concrete. The cutting tip is often made of tungsten carbide bonded to a spiral steel shaft. Generally, masonry bits are used in a hand drill but can also be used in a hand brace or hammer action power drill (though cheaper bits can shatter due to the action). Long masonry bits can be used for drilling through masonry walls.

Harbor Freight provides several masonry bit options, including the Masonry Drill Bit Set 5 Pc featuring M2 high-speed steel shanks and C2 carbide tips with 6% cobalt. The 8 in. SDS Masonry Bit Set 6 Pc features a superior hardening process and an enhanced flute design that helps the bits run cooler.

 

Tile and Glass Bits
The tips of these bits are designed to penetrate tile or glass, then enlarge the hole as the bit penetrates the material. The tips are usually made with tungsten carbide. The bits can be used in a hand drill but are best used with a variable speed power drill on a slow speed. Lubricants should be used to keep the tip cool when drilling.

Harbor Freight offers the Carbide Tip Glass and Tile Cutting Drill Bit Set 6 Pc featuring C-3 tungsten carbide tips and a steel shaft for drilling glass, ceramics, plastics and Formica tiles. The wide base angle provides precise, stable drilling.

 

Countersink Bits
Using a power or hand drill, these bits penetrate material and form a conical recess to accommodate the heads of countersunk screws. Countersink bits are generally designed for use on softer materials.

Harbor Freight carries the Carbon Steel Tapered Drill Bit and Countersink Set, 22 Pc. The bits are made from heat-treated steel and designed with a unique single-twist design to remove material more efficiently, resulting in cleaner holes. The set includes seven drills, seven countersinks, seven stop-collars and an individually organized wooden storage box for easy transport and organization.

 

Forstner Bits
These bits are used to form holes with flat bottoms, such as with kitchen cupboard hinges. It’s best to use a power drill with a drill stand for optimal accuracy.

Harbor Freight offers two Forstner bit sets, the 1/4 in. – 1 in. Forstner Drill Bit Set With 3/8 in. Shanks 7 Pc featuring high carbon steel construction and 3/8 in. reinforced shanks, and the 1/4 in. – 2-1/8 in. Forstner Drill Bit Set With 3/8 in. Shanks 16 Pc which includes more bits and a wood carrying case for storage.

 

That’s just the basics when it comes to drill bits. There are many other types of specialized drill bits as well, such as screwdriver bits, plug cutters and nut drivers.

For the full selection of drills bits and accessories, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store or the Harbor Freight website.

 

 

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10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit

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The 10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit is ideal for cutting tubing, pipes, re-bar, wood, metal and plastic. The band saw cuts at no-load speeds between 0 to 420 FPM and only weighs 16 lbs. for easy handling and less fatigue.

Features include a needle-bearing-mounted spindle and three wheel-bearing blade guides for even, accurate cuts. The band saw also features a 5 in. x 5 in. deep cut capacity, superior ergonomic design and balance for accurate cuts, storage case and 14 TPI blade.

Customer reviews have been extremely favorable:

Great buy. I don’t see how they make a profit selling it soooo cheap … – Sal, Greensboro, NC

I have used this saw several times with no issues. Runs very smooth, cuts very clean. I bought the bi metal blades with it and made several cuts in steel with no problem. This is the tool I use now instead of the chop saw. Excellent product for the price. – Don, Kankakee, IL

Used this Saw to cut 1/4″ tubing and it cuts through it like butter. Use this saw a lot. I have used the Milwaukee Band Saw and this Band Saw cuts the same. – Mac, El Paso, TX

Great price … this unit operates just like my $320 that was stolen. – Land of promise chessies, Chesapeake, VA

The Harbor Freight 62800 band saw not only performed any task I gave it, but saved me money over the more expensive competitors saws … Saw was smooth cutting and had plenty of power to cut the 1/8 thick steel bars. I would indeed recommend this to anyone. – Nearpar, Port Huron, MI

I have cut 2″x2″ 3/16″ wall tubing, 1/4″ plate, clamped three pieces of 1/8″ plate together, and 1.25″ solid round bar. It cut through all of them like butter! Very easy to control while cutting. Feels solid. I did buy a 24 tpi blade for all of my metal cutting. My first time using a band saw and I have found it easy to operate. Speed controls have handled all of my needs. – MHWSA, Wichita Falls, TX

You can pick up the 10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

10 Amp Deep Cut Variable Speed Band Saw Kit
item#62800

10 in., 15 Amp Benchtop Table Saw

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The Chicago Electric 10 in., 15 Amp Benchtop Table Saw features a powerful 15 amp motor that delivers up to 4800 RPM for smooth cutting, miter gauge for accurate cross cutting and extra-wide die cast aluminum table to support a large range of ripping applications.

Additional features include overload protection and a 3-inch rear dust shoot for a clean working area. A 10-inch 36 tooth carbide tipped circular saw blade in included.

Customers have made this power tool a staple in their garages and shops:

I can do so much more woodwork with this new 10 inch, 15 amp benchtop table saw. Works great and the price was even better. – Fireby13dragons, Des Moines, IA

I use this saw frequently for large projects and it exceeds my expectations. – Ron, Cave Creek, AZ

This is a great portable saw that you can take with you and set up effortlessly on any job site, or home project. – Krebs, San Antonio

Cuts just as good as my last saw that cost over $400 … – J, Rolling Meadows, IL

You can pick up the 10 in., 15 Amp Benchtop Table Saw at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Stand sold separately.

10 in., 15 Amp Benchtop Table Saw
item#63118

 

10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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The Chicago Electric 10 In. Sliding Compound Miter Saw makes clean cross, bevel and miter cuts. Features included a powerful 15 amp motor, 45-degree cutting blade, dual linear slide rails for smooth, stable and precise cuts, easy access brushes and clamp assembly with extension wings included.

Customers love this workhorse of a power tool:

I am a novice wood worker. I was tired of getting uneven cuts using hand saws and circular saws. This does everything I need and more. It has also motivated me to do more projects that I would never have attempted with hand saws. – Novice wood worker, Albuquerque, NM

This product is well worth the money. The sliding action is always the way to go especially when cutting wider boards. I’ve been searching for a miter saw for a while ‘til I walked into HF and found the right one for the right price. – Tejay the fix-it man, Riverton, WY

I am very pleased with the many functions and the ease of use. I recommend this for anyone who needs a good compound miter saw. –  Bill, Pennsylvania

Only had it for about two weeks and have cut approximately 150 2X4s and 75 1X4s and I haven’t had any issues. I would recommend it to any one and put it up against the name brands. – Aaron, Lincolnton, NC

Love the fact that it’s portable and the power is great. –  Joe, El Paso, TX

You can pick up the 10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw at your local Harbor Freight Tools store! Please note the blade is sold separately.

10 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw
item#61971

56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet

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The US General Pro 56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet provides an ideal storage solution for your garage or shop. The cabinet features double-wall steel construction, 28,200 cubic inches of storage and can hold over 3,450 pounds of tools.

Additional features include six extra-wide drawers, five narrow drawers and a glossy red powder coat finish. Two locking and two fixed heavy duty 6 in. steel casters provide superior mobility.

Customer reviews reveal why this cabinet has become a favorite:

Have a smaller industrial/professional roller cabinet and had tools piled on top of each other. Checked out the US General cabinet at the store and was impressed, particularly with the self-securing drawers that can be accessed with one hand. The beefy construction
(500 lbs +) makes this durable, stable and a great value at this price point. Tons of storage and still easy to maneuver around the garage even fully loaded.
– Greg, Louisville, KY

I own 3 of these now. Really a good toolbox for the money. I have one in the garage for shop tools, one in the laundry room for household tools and one in my office for reloading supplies. – C. Collins, Minneapolis, MN

I have two 56″ boxes with end cabinets—been working professionally for years out of these, no issues at all. No way would I buy a Snap-on overpriced box again … – Rob, Yuba City

You can pick up the 56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Also, consider maximizing your storage space by adding the 56 In. Top Chest to go along with the cabinet.

56 in., 11 Drawer Glossy Red Industrial Roller Cabinet
item#67681

12 in. Sliding Compound Miter Saw

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WINNER – Best Value Award, The Family Handyman

The Chicago Electric 12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System handles large work pieces up to 12 inches in width. This workhorse features a powerful 15 amp motor, trigger-activated laser guide that lines up accurate cuts including 45 degree left and right bevel cuts—and dual linear slide rails for stability.

This saw is a favorite among customers:

Product is well built and performs great. I owed a more expensive miter saw that I sold a few years back. I was pleasantly surprised after a few uses—the Chicago 12″ Miter is an excellent purchase for a fraction of the money I had spent before. – PL hobbit, Paterson, NJ

Impressive product and great deal. Thank you! –  Bob G, Northern KY

Couldn’t ask for a better saw for remolding my son’s house. – Pep, Conway, AR

I picked this up for the occasional job where I need something that my 12″ Dewalt Compound (non-sliding) saw couldn’t quite get thru in a single pass. I was surprised at the torque and generally pleased overall with the construction of this saw. As a break-in project, I used this with an Admiral 60T blade from HF to cut tongue & groove knotty pine paneling … amazingly the cuts were near perfect with no jagged edges or splintering … – Crab, Louisville, KY

You can pick up the 12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System at your local Harbor Freight Tools store! Blade sold separately.

12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System
item#61969

 

4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander

combo sanderHarbor Freight’s 4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander is a must-have power tool for your garage or shop. The adjustable belt sands inside and outside curves with ease and accuracy for smooth finishes.

Additional features including a powerful ¾ HP motor, reinforced steel motor housing, cast aluminum table that tilts up to 60° for use with belt or disc and a miter gauge for sanding angles on workpieces.

Check out these customer reviews:

We have given it to front and center place of honor on our workbench. I just can’t believe I didn’t get one sooner. Thank you Harbor Freight. Planter, Santa Barbara

I am installing lots of molding around the house. I have used the sander to fine tune the joints. My finished work looks great. – LTHARLEY, Anaheim, CA

Took it out of the box and spent about 15 minutes putting it together, turned it on, adjusted the belt and away we went. I love it. Works great. – Eddie, Sylvania, OH

The product is very useful for many jobs. It’s easy to use and keep clean. – Lance, Georgia

Pick up the 4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander
item#97181

4 IN. RATCHETING BAR CLAMP/SPREADER

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Harbor Freight’s 4 In. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader is a light duty tool that’s perfect for delicate woodwork or scale modeling. The clamp features a pistol grip for easy one-hand operation and a quick-release button that works with the touch of a finger.

The bar clamp easily converts to a spreader by simply removing the fixed jaw and placing it on the opposite end of the bar. Pick up half a dozen or more for your garage or shop—you can never have enough of these clamps.

These clamps have been upgraded from their predecessors thanks to feedback from customers like you. Check out these reviews:

I grabbed three as soon as I got home and clamped a wooden gear I was gluing up. They were a great size to fit my space and held firmly. – Alan, Las Vegas, NV

These clamps are just what the doctor ordered. They are small (but with large jaws). Provide strong hold. Easy to adjust when putting on; easy to pop off. Have used them to climb a guide for my circular saw; both for cross-cultural and ripping. Hard to believe you can get such a great tool for so little money! – Gill Heath, Carney, MD

Never have a problem clamping small projects with these. Every time I drop by the store, I  always pick 2 up. You can never have enough clamps! – Frequent Shopper, Virginia

Pick up the 4 In. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

4 in. Ratcheting Bar Clamp/Spreader
item #: 68974

10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw

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The 10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw from Harbor Freight Tools features an extra-wide die cast aluminum table to support a large range of ripping applications, powerful 12 amp motor that delivers up to 5000 RPM for smooth cutting and an adjustable miter gauge for accurate cross cutting and overload protection. The table saw also features a 3 in. rear dust chute for a cleaner working atmosphere.

Check out these customer reviews:

I use the product in house projects. It is very easy to operate and at a very competitive price. – Miguel Angel, Miami, FL

I bought this saw because I didn’t want to pay a lot for one and so far it seems to be just as good as the top brand saws on the market. It cuts smooth and I’ve ripped down 1×4’s to use as window jams and it is very accurate as every board is smack dab against the window with no cracks. Very straight cut … Lowoncash95, Pageland, SC

I have a woodworking shop and this 10″ table saw is a great addition. The safety features and the sawdust port makes this a must-have for my shop. – woodworkingforfun, Hazel Green, WI

You can pick up the 10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

10 in., 13 Amp Benchtop Table Saw
item#68827

(stand sold separately)

4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander

combo sanderThis combination sander is a great addition to any garage or shop. The adjustable belt sands inside and outside curves with ease and accuracy, creating smooth finishes. Other features including a powerful ¾ HP motor, reinforced steel motor housing, cast aluminum table that tilts up to 60° for use with belt or disc and a miter gauge for sanding angles on workpieces.

Check out customer reviews about the 4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander:

Hands down the best deal for a tool like this …. Bill, Florida

When building Adirondack chairs I had to round off the edges and angle cuts. Worked very well and a lot easier than a handheld belt sander. Easy to assemble and even easier to use. – Rod the rookie carpenter, Texas

Comparing the size, price and features, this product cannot be beat … – wolves69, Parkersburg, WV

This unit is well built, performs just like a much higher priced machine. I am very satisfide with this purchase. For a do-it-your-selfer this is a machine you could only hope to find at this sale price, but Harbor Freight did it. Thank you! – Donnie the bee, Englewood, FL

Pick up the 4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

4 in. x 36 in. Belt/6 in. Disc Sander
item#97181