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Irwin released a new SpeedHammer SDS-plus masonry bit line today aimed specifically at avoiding bit breakage due to rebar. Just like remodelers who tear into studs hoping not to snap a recip blade on a nail, folks drilling into masonry fear rebar — the steel reinforcement added to concrete projects. It’s damn tough to know exactly where they lie, and they’re hell on bits.

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Irwin claims the new bit is “optimized for cutting through rebar at high speed” and offers “twice the life of traditional masonry bits.” The press release is a little light on technical details, but we’ll definitely follow up with some questions. In the meantime, you might want to give ‘em a look.

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5 Responses to Preview: Irwin SpeedHammer Masonry Bits

  1. fred says:

    We’ve been trying the Bosch rebar cutting bits – the verdict isn’t in yet.

  2. Brau says:

    I know how to drill through rebar fast … with a sharp speed bit.
    I also know what any mason bit will *not* be after boring through a few inches of aggregate filled concrete before hitting rebar … sharp.
    I’m sure any claims made are so marginal, as to shed doubt on their viability, like using the vague term “concrete”. It’s easy to pad a claim by using concrete with small or soft aggregate. Most often it’s drilling through the aggregate that really slows you down, not the concrete itself.

  3. Julian Tracy says:

    Has Irwin made ANYTHING that’s any good in the last few years?

    JT

  4. joseph says:

    These bit are made in Denmark by Joran and used to be quit popular here in europe.

    Hilti and Spit quad-core drill are the only long-term working solution for rebar drilling

  5. Chuck Cage says:

    @Brau (and others):

    If you were going to put together a test that’d really beat the living crap out of one of these bits, what would you do? (In detail, please! I’m not asking rhetorically. :) )

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