Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 63
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by abababababa Great for cabling and hand-held drilling
I've had several of these bits for a couple of years now. They are fantastic for drilling through studs and joists, even in awkward spaces as the bit pulls itself through the wood. Drills through wood faster than any other comparable sized bit.
They do require plenty of power. I have three 18V Ryobi cordless drills and a corded drill, however, The lightest of the drills tends to lock up as it has insufficient torque to cut the material as fast as the thread draws the drill in. My right-angle drill does ok with the smaller bits, but struggles with much over 3/4". The 18V hammer drill has enough torque but noticeably labours whilst doing so. Most corded drills will have more than enough power to drive these bits with ease - at least in softwoods which is all I've used them on.
The only con I have with these bits is that if you have any plans to use them in a drill press, forget it. The conical thread on the tip is far too aggressive and the bits will very rapidly stall the drill, not due to lack of power, but simply because the conical thread is trying to draw the bit down much faster than you can move the drill press handle. If you're planning to do precise work in a drill press, more traditional spade bits and/or forstner bits are a better bet.
January 4, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Harvey Missing 6" Extention
What is actually sold at my HomeDepot is this set with the 6" extension replaced with a 1/4" spade bit that I'd probably never need or use. Because of that I had to go back to the store and buy an extension but the one advertised as part of this set isn't a normally stocked item (Do NOT get the Bosch Daredevil QC Spade Bit Extensions (especially for bore sizes less than 3/4"); the QCs fail miserably with the tiniest bit of sawdust in them).
These bits ARE high quality, drill faster than your Dad's set of spade bits and stay cooler too (not mentioned in their video). Excellent value/price for what you get but I rather recommend buying the $16 set with the case included (Model # DSB5013P) and add the $6 DareDevil 6 in. Extension (Model # DSBE1006) extension. If you have the time for them to arrive.
March 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mtnman Great bits
The daredevil bits are the best spade type bits I have ever used. They are fast and seem very durable. They are my new choice in spade bits.
April 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Josofa These bits beat out any other spade bit in performance.
A cable pullers dream bit.
You won't have to push with all your weight behind these bits it pulls through like an auger bit. They are certainly aggressive and I am not sure how they would perform in other work scenarios but they are perfect for my job. The 3/4 inch has seen a ton of use.
My smaller 12volt Dewalt Max will only drive this bit in the lowest setting but a larger drill will turn it and you will see the difference quickly.
I wish Home Depot carried them in singles. I have gone through several Irwin spade bits in a day and this has lasted weeks.
If I had one complaint it would be the included extension it works but I am certain a better design wouldn't be hard. It requires an Allen wrench to use.
July 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Robert Best Paddle bits I've ever used
They are 100% self feeding so little to no force is required to drill out any hole. Must have in my tool box.
January 20, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Homeowner Not recommended
The features that make these bits drill fast also make them hard to control. It's very hard to drill part way through a board. The bits only want to pull through the board, full speed. This makes them hard to control and caused lots of chiping around the hole. I had to stop my project and get a more standard spade bit.
January 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by qualiatyguy hold onto your drill, pardner.
I needed a precise hole to recess the shower valve into a 2x6 frame member. This set had the right size. Chucked it up and applied light force to the drill and pulled the trigger. Screw end sucked the bit along aggressively and allowed the hole needed within seconds. Job done, end of story. need holes in wood? Buy these bits, best spade bits I have ever used, and I have been using spade bits for over 50 years.
December 27, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Scott cost me money
The screw feature tends to split the wood before the cutting blades engage
December 30, 2014