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Old 08-24-2017, 03:38 PM   #21
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Wow, 19 responses and counting to this simple question. I just love our trade.

On a serious note, there's a time and place for both Tek screws and a machine screw.

Also, my handy-dandy Craftsman tap & drill set lists the correct drill size by number not fractional size.

Thanks again.
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Old 08-24-2017, 04:43 PM   #22
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Wow, 19 responses and counting to this simple question. I just love our trade.

On a serious note, there's a time and place for both Tek screws and a machine screw.

Also, my handy-dandy Craftsman tap & drill set lists the correct drill size by number not fractional size.

Thanks again.
How many responses are actually answers to the original query?
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Coming up in the ranks of family businesses (plumbing, mechanical, electrical, carpentry) and drill bit referred to an auger for wood and drill was a twist drill for metal.

The driving force was a brace, egg beater for small 'drills', or a drill motor.

My Uncle Frank even had a footlocker of old breast drills in the shop from days gone by.
As apprentice innocently said 'hand me the drill' once and was instructed in no uncertain terms (bullied in today's parlance) that there were drill bits, drill motors, drill presses, and auger bits. Just saying drill was a no, no.
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How many responses are actually answers to the original query?
Probably only 2 or 3. I just enjoyed the back and forth on the rest.
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How about posting the actual fractional size of the drill instead of the number? This is what I hate. Using a number instead of the fraction.
Do they even put the number on the drill?
Don't you need a drill index to know what number it is?
And who can read the drill after a few uses anyway.



That's how I have been doing it for years. Drill and tap taped together.

I was taught that drill bits should be called drills and the actual tool that drives them the drill motor.
There aren't many number or letter sizes that cross to an actual fractional size drill bit. The numbered ones are the ones in between the fractional sizes of standard drill bits. I usually end up going to the next fractional size up from the numbered one. The number system is a pain and sometimes hard to find the bits.
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There aren't many number or letter sizes that cross to an actual fractional size drill bit. The numbered ones are the ones in between the fractional sizes of standard drill bits. I usually end up going to the next fractional size up from the numbered one. The number system is a pain and sometimes hard to find the bits.
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This chart shows you where the nearest fractional fall...

http://www.lincolnmachine.com/tap_drill_chart.html
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Any of you guys buy from Sexauer?

They are like the Snap-on guys of the repair parts set!
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Any of you guys buy from Sexauer?

They are like the Snap-on guys of the repair parts set!
Even up here in Canada ; used to buy from Sexauer...."better than a coffee break ! "....but the local rep go smacked with dump truck and it all fell apart .
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Even up here in Canada ; used to buy from Sexauer...."better than a coffee break ! "....but the local rep go smacked with dump truck and it all fell apart .



They used to come to two of the family businesses and I bought from them for years.
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