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    Anybody have a Drill Doctor?

    Does it work?
    Do you use it?
    Would you buy it again?
    Is it worth what it costs?

    Thanks,
    Ken
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    I did the math and figured I could buy a bunch of bits for what a Drill Doctor costs. This will vary with how you use bits and the quality of the bits you use. Then Lowe's had a sale on the XP model and since my dad and I would both be using it, the math changed for me. It works as advertised but, I find I dull bits very seldom. On the rare occasion when you break one or hit that special "something" that wasn't supposed to be there, you can totally recover the bit with the Drill Doctor. The model I have does split pointing to a degree but, does not restore this feature to factory-like condition. I also wish they had a finer stone than a 180 grit; on smaller bits this is too coarse a grade. The smaller bits get sharp but, the edge does not last the way it would if a finer leading edge could be obtained. So, do the math and if the number of bits you kill in a year will pay for the product, I would say it is a good buy.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 09-30-2012 at 04:42 PM. Reason: sp
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    I had a cheap copy of the drill doctor (as in $50 cheap). I rarely used it, so it went the way of all bad tools - sold on Craig's list.
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    I've got one as well. For woodworking, Glenn is right on.

    Mine paid for itself however when I installed a heavy duty hitch on my truck and airbags and a special lift with brackets for my camper. I would have gone through a ton of 1/2" bits drilling holes for mounting everything.

    The drill doctor was a lifesaver in that regard.

    I keep 2 sets of bits, one just for woodworking, and another to use for metal working projects. Haven't had to sharpen any of my good woodworking bits yet though.
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    Yes, the basic small one.

    Works great, I'd buy it agin in a heartbeat.
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    I've had on for about five years and would gladly buy it again.

    I too have two sets of drill bits. One for metal and just recently a brad point set for woodworking. The best thing about the drill doctor is it will sharpen masonry bits.

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    Stu, is that the 350 model?
    I have a set of fine LV brad point bits for wwing, but for all the other stuff I drill my bits always seem to be going dull.

    Thanks for all the responses. More suggestions for the model?
    Last edited by ken werner; 09-30-2012 at 02:56 PM.
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    I have one, used it a lot when I first got it because I sharpened a bunch of dull bits I had in a drawer. It worked good, but I don't use it much anymore. I will if I need to. I never had much luck on small size bits. Like 3/16" or less. Not sure why, something wrong with my technique I suppose. But those are cheap and I buy lots of them. I do know that when I sharpened the ones I had stored up, I had a sore hand and wrist when I got done!
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    Wow, they've got a lot more models than I remember. I have an older dd500 model.

    I don't have any bits larger than 1/2", so it works great for me.

    If I needed to go to 3/4", I'd get the 750.

    If I needed to do spade bits, the new DDSB looks ok.

    I'd probably skip the 350 or the xpa, because of the fixed sharpening angle.

    So, Looking at all the models, I'd either go 500 or 750 if I was to do it over again, but still, probably the 500.
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    I had one, but sold it several years ago.

    1. It can't sharpen brad point bits, which are all I ever use on wood.
    2. It can't sharpen forstners bits.
    3. It can't sharpen augers.

    So, in my case, all it can sharpen is the bits I'd use for metal working. I don't do all that much metal stuff, and as Glenn said, I can buy a lot of new bits for the price of a DD.

    Going slightly off topic...I feel pretty much the same about the WorkSharp I got a few months ago. I'm finding its best uses are putting new bevels on a chipped plane or chisel. My 8" slow speed grinder does that better and quicker, though. Everything else, my Tormek does much better. I'm seriously considering selling the WorkSharp, since I'm not using it.
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