Thursday, January 06, 2022

Parkside Hand Drill Set

Bit of a heads up for a bargain. RMweb alerted me to a rather nice little tool set in the infamous middle isle of Lidl

£7.99 buys you a vice, pin vice and sets of drill bits with multiples of 9.5mm, 0.6mm, 1mm, 1.2mm, 1.5mm, 1.8mm, 2mm, 2.3mm and 3mm plus some "micro bits" ranging from 2.1mm to 3mm. 

The drills look OK. Certainly better than the super-cheap multi packs you see at shows for a fiver which frequently, in my experience, don't have points on them, at leat not where the point should be. 

Cost savings can be seen in the pin vice which , while nice to hold, doesn't have the nicely cast teeth of a better tool. It's OK for stuff about 1mm I would guess and possibly a little below. 

I bought the set for the vice. Again, I have much better machine vice's. This one is a bit rattly and feels cheap, BUT, it has screw-in jaws for holding round objects and thus is worth the price of the set alone. It's a problem I've often faced. V-blocks are OK, but don't go small enough for some work, and I think this will be better. Or at least OK enough for me to risk the money.

Leamington's store had about a dozen of these things on the shelf, but I suspect they will go fast.


Steve Cheetham said...

Thanks for the tip, Phil - plenty in stock at Malvern this am !

Nick Brad said...

I was in Lidl earlier, but never thought to look at the centre aisle, like you, I think the vice could be handy, already owning a set of pin vices and thankfully some half decent drill bits for it