Best kind of bits for an egg beater drill?

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    Hi everyone

    Recently picked up an old egg beater style drill. I’ve been trying some different bits out with it and I’ve only found one so far that works acceptably. That is a slightly worn out HSS metal cutting Dewalt bit. My brad point bits don’t work that well in it, they pull themselves in and then get stuck. The sharper HSS also does that.

    What are the best sort of bits to use with these? When Paul uses this sort of drill in the videos it looks effortless.

    Matt McGrane

    I think Paul uses standard HSS bits. It can be tough to tighten the chuck on these bits enough that they won’t pull out. So far I’ve only seen him use them to drill fairly small holes. Are you trying to drill something larger than 1/8″ or 3/16″? If so that could be the issue.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    You might want to look at the sets Lee Valley has, I bought the smaller size set and love them. Now these are for wood not metal.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

    Peter George

    I use both regular HSS twist bits and the set of brad point bits that Lee Valley sells. I find the regular bits work will in soft woods such as pine. The brad points work better in hard woods.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"


    Thanks for the replies, everyone 🙂

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