Mainly used for woodworking, brad point drill bits bear a tip that’s designed to prevent splinters from forming. Unlike a regular twist bit, this sharp tip enables the bits to bite into the material.
When choosing the ideal set for you, besides quality, it is also important to consider the materials the bits are made from as well as the range of sizes available in the set. In this article, I’ll take you through more than half a dozen sets that are worth looking at.
If you are in a hurry, though, you might want to jump straight to the top pick, the Fisch FSF-364757 set which includes 29 drill bits.
If you are looking for a set of bits in imperial sizes, then Fisch FSF-364757 is well worth considering. It offers a range of 1/16 to 1/2-inch drill bits. Made with chrome-vanadium steel, it can be used for both softwood and hardwood, as well as laminated wood and MDF.
The case that the 29 drill bits come in looks good but more importantly is easy to carry around with a handle at the top. Many other drill bit sets don’t come with a custom case, so having one is welcome.
Aside from their brad-point tip, these bits also have a beveled edge that helps them stick better to the wood material you’re working on.
Things I Like About This Product: Both the drill bits and the case are of good quality, and the wide variety of sizes will help you with getting a wide range of tasks done.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: Some of the tabs could be prone to slight damage but that’s usually a case-by-case basis.
Yet another drill bit set that comes with a sturdy case is the WoodRiver 29-Piece Fractional Inch Brad Point Drill Bit Index Set. Ranging in sizes from 1/16- to 1/2-inch, these bits are made out of carbon steel. That makes them suitable for casual or light to medium woodworking projects.
Due to the design of their edges, you can also possibly use them for dowel hole drilling. Bits up to the 3/8-inch size are equipped with a full diameter shank.
Things I Like About This Product: As with the previous option, having a durable case for a drill bit set helps keep you organized during your woodworking project.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The carbon steel material might have a bit of trouble with hardwood or heavy-duty drilling due to not being as robust as chrome-vanadium and other higher-quality materials.
The DeWalt DW1720 Drill Bit Set is a six-piece package that is a good choice for someone who’s just getting started with woodworking or just want to try brad point drills affordably.
The flutes of these bits are shaped in a way that ensures that chipping comes off clean when using them. The sizes included range from 1/8- to 1/2-inch. All of the bits are made of high-speed steel. Due to the design of the bits’ edges, they can be used for doweling when necessary.
The bits come with a one-year limited warranty.
Things I Like About This Product: The design of the edges and flutes can help with clearing chips out of the way so you have more time to work on the material and less time cleaning it.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The set doesn’t come in a case which can be a bit of a hassle.
As a metric version of the Fisch product mentioned earlier, the Fisch FSF-364740 set can also be used on hardwood, softwood, MDF, laminates, and the like. It also comes in a case to keep the bits protected and organized.
The 25 drill bits included range from 1 mm to 13 mm (about 3/64- to 1/2-inch) and are also made from chrome-vanadium steel for durability. As with the previous Fisch drill bit set, the bits in this one also have beveled cutting edges to help them adhere to wood easier.
Things I Like About This Product: The set comes with a case that you can carry anywhere. Its beveled cutting edges assist the brad-point tip in handling your material.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The plastic case might be prone to breakage during shipment. Some of the bits might not be suitable for intense precision drill work due to slight wobble.
Another beginner-friendly (and budget-friendly) option worth considering would be the Fisch FSF-328094 set of chrome-vanadium brad point drill bits. Consisting of eight bits ranging from 3 mm to 10 mm (1/8- to 3/16-inch) in size, the set also comes in a case like the other Fisch picks mentioned above.
Having the signature beveled edge on the side to help the brad-point tip hold onto wood better, it also helps to get the exact diameter drilled. Adding to the edges would be the outer spur lips to help increase the anchorage of the whole drill bit.
Things I Like About This Product: A travel-friendly case makes it portable. Additionally, the edge design and outer spurs (crown-like design) help prevent tear-outs and enhance the attachment and stability of the brad-point tip as well as the whole drill bit.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The bits don’t have reduced shank sizes on the largest bits so not all drill brands and models will be able to accommodate them.
Including a total of 6 pieces, this Comoware set includes sizes ranging from 1/8- to 1/2-inch to suit most basic drilling needs. To make setup and compatibility easier for most drills, the set’s biggest drill bit has a reduced shank so that even smaller chucks can accommodate it.
Being made out of carbon steel, the bits are ideal for general wood projects – preferably beginner-type or casual ones. Chip removal is also not an issue due to the bits’ double-flute design so you can work efficiently without having to worry about clean-up.
Things I Like About This Product: The biggest drill bit in the set has a reduced shank for greater compatibility.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The set does not come with a case and even the “blister-pack” design can be difficult to work with.
The 25-piece Steelex D1034 brad point drill bit set uses high-speed steel so it could be more suitable for hardwood and tougher projects. The bits included range from 1/8- to 1/2-inch and are neatly arranged in a durable storage case with a handle.
Bits 23/64-inch in diameter and larger have a 3/8-inch shank while the remaining ones have a 1/4-inch shank. As mentioned earlier, having reduced shank sizes help with easy drill fitting – standard drills with up to 1/2 inch diameter chuck can work well with all of these bits.
Things I Like About This Product: A durable case is included and all of the bits have relatively small shank sizes so you can easily fit them into most drills.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Buying This Product: The design best suits drill presses over hand drills due to a slight lack of stability.
The Methodology: What I Considered When Picking the Drill Bit Sets Featured Above
If you are wondering how I got around to pick the seven products mentioned above – or how to pick the best brad point drill bit set for you in general – continue reading.
Below are five of the criteria you should consider during the process.
Chrome-vanadium steel and high-speed steel are among the most common drill bit materials out there, as they can be used for general woodworking.
If you need to work on a project that requires drilling into hardwood then I’d recommend bits made of high-speed steel (or tungsten carbide, if possible). That doesn’t necessarily mean chrome-vanadium steel doesn’t work for hardwood, though.
Other materials drill bits often include are black oxide, titanium, and cobalt.
Drill bits come in both imperial and metric sets depending on which you are comfortable with.
When looking into metric drill bit sets, you’re most likely to find bits from 3 to 13 mm, while imperial sets generally range from 1/16- up to 1/2-inch in diameter.
The number of sizes or pieces that you want in the set may also depend on your use case. For beginners or casual woodworkers, 6-piece sets might work just fine. On the other hand, seasoned woodworkers might want to grab a 25- or more piece set to have more flexibility and to be ready for a wider array of projects.
Let’s look beyond the given brad point tip – most of them have specially-designed edges that also help with the drill’s stability when working on your material.
Nonetheless, it’s also important to know that true brad-point tips usually only come with sizes from 3 mm (1/8 inch) and larger bits, as it would be both impossible and unnecessary for very small drill bits to have those kinds of tips since they’re already very small and sharp to begin with.
Having additional edge design features can also help with chipping problems and speed up the drilling process.
Most brad point drill bits have a straight shank design to easily fit most standard drill models, in which the shank is usually smaller than the actual drill diameter size.
With that in mind, different drill types accept different shank sizes. Here’s a list of the common size requirements depending on what kind of drill you’re going to use them with:
- Drill press: 1/2 to 5/8 inch
- Corded heavy-duty hand drill: 1/2 inch
- Cordless light-duty hand drill: 1/4 or 3/8 inch
You should also check the shape of the shank, as there are different types as well.
For instance, round shanks are the most common since you can center the bit more quickly. However, hex-type shanks are more convenient to load so they are commonly found on impact drivers. Some hammer drills, on the other hand, use special SDS shanks.
Having all of your drill bits organized in one simple tool case helps a lot with productivity. Without a proper tool case, you can easily be at risk of losing some of the bits (especially the smaller sizes) or accidentally swapping them with your other drill bits of the same size.
Worse, you might not be able to easily identify the size of the drill bit if it’s not kept in a slot with a size label below, which can seriously waste time.
That’s why having a well-designed case for easily storing all of the drill bits in one go is a helpful tool for any woodworker.
Overall, if you’re looking for an all-around drill bit set that’s not only organized in a nice case but can also be adaptable to different types of wood materials, you might like the Fisch FSF-364757 set. If you prefer to use metric units, there’s also the Fisch FSF-364740 set.
For beginners, the DeWalt DW1720 six-piece set is a viable option since it has the most commonly-needed drill bit sizes and comes at an affordable price. The Comoware set also falls into this category.