204 Piece Drill Bit Set  £16 99 ALDI instore
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204 Piece Drill Bit Set £16 99 ALDI instore

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LocalFound 7th Feb 2013
Comprehensive set of drill bits - more than you'll ever use for home DIY - but still good value for the ones you do! Details online, but you can't buy online.

Won't be available till 10th - but Aldi tools are usually pretty good quality. OK, not quite Bosch, but fine for home DIY
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This looks great for DIY and odd jobs. I think it would be safe to make a comparison to the makita 216 piece set which is usually around £40.
I dont think you can compare this to a Makita set. The first time you use these they will turn into mush, either snap or go blunt.
Speaking from experience that is, but I may be wrong, but as you say if you only use them for very LIGHT DIY then they may not be too bad.
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I've used drill bits from aldi before (a small set, not this one), and they were just fine. Is you your experience Aldi, or just 'non-Makita'?
Got these last time, great set for DIY. When bits wear out I replace with ones from toolstation and fit them into the case. So for the case alone its handy to keep everything in one place.
My standard ones from Aldi were rubbish last time and literally bent in use.
Their carbon anodised ones (possibly wrong description, but you know what I mean) have been great tho...
Looks good for the price. I wonder what the drill on their website is like....
Seems very cheap for this number of drill bits. Certainly worth a look and perhaps buy if made from HSS.
Not voting either way yet...
Voted hot - usually tools from Aldi are of high quality from experience.
Also there is a 3 year warranty so you can always get a refund even years afterwards if they weren't good after using them.
Drills are the "Use once" turf out variety. Beware of Warranty. I had cause to take an Electrical item back within 6 months and was told the warranty is with the Manufacturer, no way was I having that. I stood my ground and reminded the manager that my contract of sale was with Aldi. He phoned Aldi head office , came back and said " As a gesture of goodwill blah blah".. What utter rubbish...Money back and exit!. Caveot Emptor.
Holesaw set alone, even these flimsy ones are around £10 a set.

Speedbit set same, chuck in everything else and its a very good price for me.


Even if you only use everything once its a bargain, if you get more than one use out of any item thats a bonus at this price IMHO.

Obviously at this price point its not aimed at daily prfessional use.




Unfortunately the quality is poor, the drill bits easily break especially when drilling mild steel.
Okay for plasterboard, wouldn't use them on much else.

gw1mcd

Drills are the "Use once" turf out variety. Beware of Warranty. I had … Drills are the "Use once" turf out variety. Beware of Warranty. I had cause to take an Electrical item back within 6 months and was told the warranty is with the Manufacturer, no way was I having that. I stood my ground and reminded the manager that my contract of sale was with Aldi. He phoned Aldi head office , came back and said " As a gesture of goodwill blah blah".. What utter rubbish...Money back and exit!. Caveot Emptor.



Good for you greedy guts, oh and its "Caveat emptor" ... heat up for the sheer amount of kit you get for a home user, and any tradesman who buys their kit from Aldi, they want a slap anyway....
Does anybody know if this particular set has been on sale before or know and had experience with this specific item?
As with all tools, you deffinatly get what you pay for.

You buy £16.99 Drills, you get £16.99 Drills (low end)
you buy £55 Drills, you get £55 Drills (high end)

Simples!
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mdmuddin

Does anybody know if this particular set has been on sale before or know … Does anybody know if this particular set has been on sale before or know and had experience with this specific item?



Seems to be an annual event
Edited by: "Quadrille" 7th Feb 2013
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118luke

As with all tools, you deffinatly get what you pay for.You buy £16.99 … As with all tools, you deffinatly get what you pay for.You buy £16.99 Drills, you get £16.99 Drills (low end)you buy £55 Drills, you get £55 Drills (high end)



But not actually true. Few stores sell many £55 sets, and the companies selling them have a pretty good markup. Supermarkets buy in bulk, and accept a low markup for 'specials'.

I'm not saying these are 'as good' as a £55 set, but they are almost certainly better value for money, unless you are a real heavy user.

These are 'worth' £16.99; the £55 set is probably 'worth' £27.62. You pays your money, you takes your choice.
Edited by: "Quadrille" 7th Feb 2013
This is exactly what I'm looking for.. Thanks Quadrille
Quadrille

Seems to be an annual event



Thanks, mate, for some quality content.
I was looking for some actual, product-specific, reviews but others seem to keep pontificating their own life principles.

@them, we understand and may even agree, but most rules have exceptions. If we have some specific info on THIS item, we can find out whether or not this is an exception.
Sorry for being rude.
Quadrille

But not actually true. Few stores sell many £55 sets, and the companies … But not actually true. Few stores sell many £55 sets, and the companies selling them have a pretty good markup. Supermarkets buy in bulk, and accept a low markup for 'specials'.I'm not saying these are 'as good' as a £55 set, but they are almost certainly better value for money, unless you are a real heavy user.These are 'worth' £16.99; the £55 set is probably 'worth' £27.62. You pays your money, you takes your choice.



Depends what you mean by 'good value for money'
If a set only last for one use (which i suspect these might) then i would say these aren't good value for money since the next time you need to drill, you need to get a replacement drill bit.
But on the other hand someone who rarely drills would be wasting their money on a £55 set if they're just sat in the shed gathering dust.
Personally i prefer quality over quantity, (hence i bought a new DeWalt Lithium Ion Drill last week for £150) but these £16.99 ones might suit someone who never drills normally except to put a shelf up etc.

To summarise:
Buy Drills from Aldi if your a light user
Buy Drills from Screwfix if you're a heavy/serious user
Edited by: "118luke" 7th Feb 2013
I'd much rather spend the £17 for 15 drills bits that are very good quality rather than 200 poor quality ones .
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If you assume that just because it's cheap, it's automatically cr*p, then either you are simply snobbish, or you are on the wrong website.

Aldi, unlike Kwiksave of old, and other unnnamed dicsounters now, do have a reputation for quality.

It seems unlikely in the extreme, that having won numerous which? awards, they'd risk that hard-earned reputation on a set of wonky drill bits. Drill bits that they have now sold three years in a row.

If you don't like Aldi, fair enough: but don't let personal prejudice get in the way of good judgement!
The steel these bits are made of contains loads of carbon which makes the bits weak. they blunt easily and won't be up to anything drastic. Sure, for light/casual use they'll do a job but you should expect them to blunt and/or break easily.

Hope i'm proved wrong though as the price is good.
bakerman01

I dont think you can compare this to a Makita set. The first time you … I dont think you can compare this to a Makita set. The first time you use these they will turn into mush, either snap or go blunt.Speaking from experience that is, but I may be wrong, but as you say if you only use them for very LIGHT DIY then they may not be too bad.


The makita ones aren't great either, I'd probably go as far to say that they are probably made in the same factory.
I agree that they will blunt easily but if they snap or turn to mush then your doing things wrong.
I use cobalt and tungsten carbide drills at work which I sharpen on a bench grinder so get a fair bit of use out them but think ill get this set for the odd job around the house

Edited by: "callum84" 7th Feb 2013
MrDB

The steel these bits are made of contains loads of carbon which makes the … The steel these bits are made of contains loads of carbon which makes the bits weak. they blunt easily and won't be up to anything drastic. Sure, for light/casual use they'll do a job but you should expect them to blunt and/or break easily.Hope i'm proved wrong though as the price is good.


Nearly right.
Low carbon steel is soft and high carbon steel is hard but more brittle.
The harder a drill bit is the easier it will snap if not used correctly.
These cheaper drills have not been tempered and hardened to the same standard as more expensive drills hence the reason they don't last long.
Edited by: "callum84" 7th Feb 2013
There are various types of 204 piece drill bit sets for sale on the web and I would guess that they all contain the same quailty, if not the exact bits.
This is the cheapest set that I could find. As others have said, decent for home non frequent use, but if you find yourself using a certain drill bit more often than others, I would buy a decent one to replace it.
Good value for drilling wood but could be a problem drilling metal with a power drill better in a bench drill. If you drill metal with a power drill be prepared for the drill to break without warning.
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