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Old 12-14-2008, 10:38 AM
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centerpunch the broken bolt (still in the tub) ,dab with oil ,carefully drill out with drill small enough to fit in your 6mm un-damaged threaded hole , then chase the threads with your 6 x 1 tap and more oil. i suggest you buy the tap and die together . the die can chase and clean up rusty bolts for re-use . i like cobolt bits when available in the size you need . drill slowly in hardened steel bolts to avoid over-heating your bit and to keep centered .
I got the bolts drilled out but only one of them was spot on centered. Nonetheless all 6 holes were re-tapped and new bolts installed across the board. Back on topic I did find tap and drill bit combination pack at Pep-Boys, 6 X 1 tap and 5mm bit. It worked out well to use my other bits to build up to the 5mm bit.
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Old 12-14-2008, 01:40 PM
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Where (locally) did you guys pick up your left hand drill bits?
I got mine at Tool King. They aren't always in stock, but they can be a real time saver. They work GREAT on snapped off bolts that aren't too rusty. On the really rusty ones you do have to drill and re-tap. If they get really buggered then you have to heli-coil.

For regular bits, I've found that Ace Hardware is more convenient than mail order/online, and they have a great selection.
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Old 12-14-2008, 02:01 PM
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Jeff, I know you are a big fan of Drill Doctor. What model would you recommend?
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Old 12-15-2008, 04:43 PM
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Jeff, I know you are a big fan of Drill Doctor. What model would you recommend?
Gosh, I don't remember which model I have. I know they make several, I think the main differences are what sized bits they do. After checking their web site just now, I would guess the XP.

A machinist I used to work with ground by hand, but admitted that having a tool to guide you at the proper angle is way better. I just know it sure beats having to buy bits all the time.
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Just bought a Drill Doctor XP2 yesterday at Home Depot. Thing rocks. I already have just about every size bit I'd need and with this, even although it was $99, I don't think I'll ever need to buy another bit. Sharpens masonry bits too. I might just have to mount this in the back of the Cruiser and start a mobile sharpening business like they used to do for scissors in the olden days.....
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