A few weeks ago we posted stubby spade bits, but today we noticed that Greenlee has announced a line of stubby auger bits. One big difference between the two types of bits is that auger bits tend to leave much cleaner holes with less tear-out than spade bits. The trade-off: Auger bits also tend to cost more.
Greenlee will be making these bits in 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″, and 1″ sizes. They designed the bits with a 1/4″ hex shank to work with their new Quick Connect Extensions, although they recommend not using any bit larger than 3/4″ with the extension.
This bit has an over-center single-flute design. The self-feeding screw point draws the bit into the unique cutting edge rather than you having to push the bit into the wood — this allows you to use the bit longer with less fatigue. As with most large bits you don’t want to be boring anywhere near nails, not unless you want to damage an expensive bit or wrench your arms.
There’s no word on pricing yet.
Stubby Augers(PDF) [Greenlee]