The Drill Doctor has become an often-seen sharpening tool in many home workshops and commercial garages since its public release in 1997. The manufacturer claims the Drill Doctor can sharpen most bit sizes depending on the model of machine you are using, so the woodworking professional can save money by turning those rusted and dull bits into usable tools time and time again. Their website has this to say about the tool:
Since its introduction in 1997, the Drill Doctor® line has sold more than two million units. All major U.S. hardware retailers, as well as distributors in some 25 nations abroad, carry the Drill Doctor® brand.Some of the retailers who carry the Drill Doctor® today are Sears, Home Depot, Lowes, TrueValue, Ace Hardware, Do It Best, Orchard Supply Hardware, Menard’s, and Amazon.com. They are also carried extensively by auto after market and industrial tool suppliers.
I want to ask our Toolmonger denizens out there if this tool lives up to its sales records. Is the Drill Doctor a Hot way to save money and keep reusing drill bits? Or does it fall into the Not category as a gimmick that isn’t worth the time spent sharpening? Let us know in comments.
Sears is selling the Drill Doctor DD350X for only $44, through October 4th. I’ve heard from many people that the Drill Doctor does an acceptable job sharpening dull drill bits — and at the price of a small drill index, it’s a good tool to keep on hand.
I hate sitting around spining an Allen key or hex wrench endlessly to get a fastener cinched down properly — particularly when there’s no space to spin it without hitting something — so the idea of a ratcheting hex wrench strikes me as first class. The tool end works either in-line with the ratcheting mechanism, or perpendicular to it for those hard to reach areas.
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The folks at Drill Doctor are currently offering a $15 Mail-in rebate with the purchase of any Drill Doctor Sharpener — except the #300 and 350x. The offer runs until April 30th 2007. Time to sharpen your drill bits for all those summer projects you have planned!
Drill Doctor has been around since 1997, but if you haven’t heard of them, you might be throwing away (or worse yet using) drill bits that could be working a lot better.
Drill Doctor manufactures a range of electric drill sharpeners, including the DD350X, which they recommend for homeowner/weekend craftsman/hobbyist and starts at $79.95 direct. Some features include on-chuck alignment (which they say eliminates the need for an alignment port and simplifies the sharpening process) and V-block jaws (which helps to eliminate jaw twisting on smaller bits). It’s designed to sharpen 3/32″ to 1/2″ high-speed steel, carbinde, TiN-coated, and masonry drill bits.
They also stock and sell much more complex and expensive units for larger bits and production use. A selection of their units are available at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Sears, and (of course) Drill Doctor direct via their website.