Tool Reviews

Since Popular Mechanics™ magazine reviews the latest tools (often woodworker’s tools) I thought to myself; why don’t I do a favor for metalworkers and review metalworking tools?! I am not paid for these reviews nor do I receive payment for any resulting sales. So rest assured that they are non-biased and honest. --Feb./28/2002

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Drill Bit City’s propane drill bit set

Drill Bit City has been on the links page in the suppliers category for several months and they’ve recently put together a nice drill bit set for homemade propane burners. The set is made up of 10 drill bits in the following sizes and quantities. #60 (2); #59 (2); #58 (1); #57 (1), #56 (2); #55 (1) #54 (1).

This kit covers all the sizes you’ll need to build burners for regular aluminum melting or the big iron melting burners. This is a nice kit, and it even comes in a nifty plastic snap-closing case. The bits come labeled with their size on a color coded ring.

These are resharpened carbide drill bits and they drill holes in the 1/8" steel pipe used for the burner’s gas jet with ease. What I like about these bits over others I’ve used is that the shank is thicker making it easier to grip in the drill chuck. The actual drilling area is only about 1/2" long but as thin as these bits are how deep are you planning to drill with it? You can order this kit here.


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