October 29, 2012

Bosch DareDevil Spade Bits - Part Two


So during our renovation, we had to drill 30 3/4" holes through this 8-1/2" beam. It wasn't easy and it wasn't fun. It also would have been impossible if it wasn't for the Bosch DareDevil Spade bits.

Way back in mid-2009, we reviewed the bits and at the time, our workshop tests showed them to be stellar. Well, over the years we've used them quite a bit more and we've always liked them, but doing battle with the Beam of Doom put them in a whole new category for us. They are primo...top of the line...the end all...the One Ring of drill bits.

We bought pretty much all of the leading brands spade bits to try to get through this beam and the Bosch was the only one that could do it with any consistency at all. The others would wear out after one or two holes, but the Bosch kept on ticking. We drilled out the holes with an impact gun and because we were working in a tight joist bay. We also had to set up a leverage system to get enough pressure on the back of the drill. So we ended up with a 2x4 pry bar drill press kind of thingy. Pretty harsh conditions and we don't really blame the other bits for under-performing (well, we sort of do actually). We went through maybe six or seven regular bits to one Bosch bit. We finally gave up and drilled the final 20 holes with the Bosch.

We also feel the need to give yet another high-five to Bosch for creating the impact gun that we used during the process. We originally reviewed it waaaay back in September of 2009 and since then, it has become our go-to impact gun.

So if you're at the end of your rope with trying to get a hole drilled, go for the DareDevil bits. We can't imagine anyone being disappointed.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 29, 2012 8:34 AM
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I have the DD spades as well and they are hands down the best spades I've ever used. I reach for them first and the "other blue colored" ones hardly ever.

Posted by: jeff_williams at November 8, 2012 4:19 PM

They make ship auger bits for a reason. I have one of these bits and it is ok for light duty work but I still turn to my self-feed bits and ship auger bits for more ambitious drilling. The self-feed bits can deal with nails and are easily resharpened.

Posted by: Ross at October 30, 2012 1:04 AM
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