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Old 02-20-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default A tip for those buying Step Bits / UniBits / keggle drill bit

I thought I would share a tip I figured out... I just purchased a step bit on Ebay for $10.00 shipped. An Irwin #4, brand new in box. I could have even gotten it cheaper but didn't want to wait. When searching, instead of using the term "step bit", which will lead you to a million off brand Chinese bits, search for "Unibit". It will bring up a bunch of Irwin bits and others that are actually being auctioned. I saw one go last night for $0.99!

The one I got is this one and sells for $34.00 at home depot.



I hope this helps someone out!

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Old 02-20-2009, 12:41 PM   #2
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I bought the TiN coated ones at Harbor Freight... the hardest part was finding one that is 1.375" dia for the heating element installs.

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:05 PM   #3
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Wow 99ct thats a great price! How much was shipping? 29.99?

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:07 PM   #4
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$3.75.... I'm not selling these. I just was afraid of the quality of the Harbor bits. I use a lot of Irwin bits and have been very happy with them. I assume this bit will be of the same high quality and durability.

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:21 PM   #5
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Irwin makes great bits. Thats a steal at that price I'm going to have to check it out! THANKS

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:33 PM   #6
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I love step bits...

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Old 02-20-2009, 02:22 PM   #7
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I screwed up my harbor freight bit. I lubricated it well but either I screwed up or it was a crappy one as the cutting edges just got torn up. I know that several others have been able to use the larger HF bit and make it work. The smaller (goes up to 7/8") bit I have from them is still working fine.

Though if you can get a unibit for ~5 I'd go for that!

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Oh sure post it here so everyone else bids em up

I've already drilled 15 holes in kegs with my irwin step bit and that damn thing is still going strong.

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My HF bit works but it's getting a little tired after drilling a few holes (through thick-ish SS). The quality is about where I expected it to be considering the source and price.

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Old 02-20-2009, 06:04 PM   #10
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I wouldn't bid more than once on these... just make a bid and forget about it until you win.

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