When you are talking about inexpensive drill bits for wood you can’t find a better bang for the buck than a good set of paddle bits or spade bits as they are called in some areas.
I’ve been running them for as long as I remember. Probably for the better part of 40 years. Of course, back then they were my Dads bits. We had no organization back then. All drill bits were kept in a cantilever tackle box. Twist, concrete, auger and yes paddle.
Back then there were no paddle bits like these Bosch daredevil bits. They were much simpler and less effective. They had a simple point and two wings, one for each side.
Bosch daredevil bits have some notable improvements over regular paddle bits. First thing you’ll notice are the shape of the wings. They are better in at least two ways. Instead of a straight ground edge there is a nice profile with a spur on the end for much faster cutting of the outside of the hole. In addition the face of each wing has a bend at the tip to help it clear chips faster to keep up with the sharp cutting spur.
The other improvement is the threaded pilot point. Instead of a simple point, the threaded tip pulls the daredevil into the wood much faster and more consistently than regular paddle bits.
The third improvement is the 1/4” hex shank end. It allows for a much firmer grip in your drill chuck. It also makes them a perfect match for impact drivers which are a perfect match for them. This is pretty important because more and more people are using impact drivers more than drills these days.
Recently Bosch celebrated the sale of 50 million Daredevil bits making it one of the most popular drill bits in history. We would like to congratulate them on their success. We will continue using them as we have been since they came out in 2013.
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I tried using them in my impact and wasn’t impressed, then, a while later, I put one in my cordless hammer drill, and I was blown away! They just tear through material if you give them the torque they need!
Best bits I’ve came across long lasting have not found any that will beat them. Also Homedepot has the best price on them…..
I agree with the other guys, these are great bits. I bought a set of the stubby ones a few years back and I really like the shorter shank for tight spots. The screw point feeds at the right speed unless you are drilling into really hard wood.
Best Spade bits for sure. I love these things man. Only thing I wish is that they came in a nice case. We bought some Milwaukees and they were ok, when we needed new bits we kept the Milwaukee case and put the Daredevil bits in there.
I’ve used one of these bits before and was surprised by the speed the bit pulled itself through the wood. Caught me off guard. Will definitely be using them again. I imagine they’d be great fo drilling holes to run wiring. Less effort needed and more speed would lead to more work getting completed.
By far my favourite spade bits. Modern flagship drills with high torque can bend them if they catch but they are cheap enough that it doesn’t really matter. Awesome performance and a great price point make these the best value and a no-brainer in my opinion.