Best Drill Bit Sharpeners in 2018 to Save You Money

A good drill bit sharpener will save you money and pay for itself several times over. For the home handyman or DIY enthusiast, a drill is one of the handiest power tools to own. Of course, they are only as good as the drill bits that are used. Over time, even the most expensive drill bits will become dull or even downright blunt. Throwing them, away and replacing them ads up very quickly even if you only drill occasionally.

A handy drill bit sharpener will get them back to optimum sharpness in next to no time. The machines are reasonably priced and before long, the money you saved on new drill bits will have covered the cost of the drill bit sharpener. They are fast and compact. Every workshop should have one.

We have studies the various makes and models available to find only the very best drill bit sharpener options available. You can start saving money immediately with any of the models we will review shortly.

 

Top 5 Drill Bit Sharpeners – Comparison

Drill Doctor 750X Drill Bit Sharpener

Features:

  • Reliable powerful motor
  • Works on titanium and cobalt
  • Excellent with broken or damaged drill buts thanks to material take-off (MTO)
  • Versatile in size working on bits from 3/32 to ¾ inch
  • Comes with handy instructional DVD  
  • Simple adjustment and alignment
  • User-friendly front-loading chuck
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Stable and sturdy
  • The diamond wheel is easy to replace

We are going to start our review with one of the finest drill bit sharpeners money can buy. Drill Doctor has a number of great options but the 750X is hard to beat. This is one of the most versatile choices as it can handle pretty much any drill bit.

It is quite competent with the average drill bit but equally happy with damaged and broken bits as well as titanium-coated drill bits. It is definitely one of the better options if you are trying to recondition broken bits.

One of the outstanding features is the front-loading chuck that makes loading and alignment quick and easy. It tightens quickly and makes using the Drill Doctor 750X a breeze.

Another excellent benefit this drill sharpener offers is the MTO or material take-off feature of this machine. This allows you to work on damaged and even broken bits to restore them to full functionality again. This alone will save you a lot of money.

It is made in Oregon USA and comes with a 3-year warranty. It has a fully adjustable angle for versatile sharpening. You can work from 115° to 140°. The cast aluminum construction of the point angle shuttle gives it strength and durability. It is fast and 3effciant thanks to the narrow chisel point and the back-cut split-point.  

What we liked:

  • Highly versatile
  • Great power
  • Can be used on most materials including cobalt and titanium bits
  • Simple to use
  • Solidly built, extremely durable
  • Ideal sharpener for broken and damaged drill bits
  • Wheel is easy to replace
  • Alignment and adjustment is quick and easy

What we did not like:

  • Can take a while to get used to
  • Not the cheapest option

 

Drill Doctor 500x Drill Bit Sharpener

Features:

  • Works at 118 and 135-degree angles  
  • Strong motor
  • Fast change diamond wheel
  • Compact design
  • Sturdy and stable
  • Comes with DVD for instructions
  • 3-Year warranty
  • Suitable for bits from 3/32 to ½ inch
  • 6 Foot power cord
  • Extended chuck jaws for good hold and twist reduction
  • Suitable for split point bits

A slightly more affordable yet equally competent option for Drill Doctor is the 500X. If you want a good, reliable drill sharpener that will get the job done then this is a great option. Unless you are needing to sharpen the top of the range drill bits, the 500X will suit your needs perfectly.

It has a powerful motor and will work perfectly well on most drill bits. It is slightly more limiting in terms of the size bits you can work on and will work on bits up to ½ inches. In terms of angles, it can work at both 118 and 135 degrees. This is perfect for the majority of drill bits.

Much like the 750X, the diamond sharpening wheel is quick and simple to replace when necessary.

What we liked:

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Versatile for use on most drill bits and a wide range of sizes
  • 3-Year guarantee
  • Solidly built using quality materials
  • User-friendly
  • Sturdy
  • Includes diamond studded wheel

What we did not like:

  • Takes some time to get used to
  • Wheel can be a bit coarse in some instances
  • Can overheat and shut down occasionally (after extended use)

 

Drill Doctor DD350X 350X Drill Bit Sharpener

Features:

  • It operates at a 118-degree point angle
  • Works on bits from 3/32 and ½ inch sizes
  • Suitable for most metals
  • Quality motor with decent power
  • User-friendly
  • Drill Doctors easy alignment
  • 3-Year warranty
  • Stable and sturdy
  • Compact and portable

By now it is clear that Drill Doctor is a popular and trusted brand of drill sharpener. Another thing that makes the brand great is that they cater to all segments of the market. If you want to save money on sharpening your drill bits but you are on a tight budget, the 350X is perfect for you. It will still do an amazing job of restoring dull drill bits but at a really low price point.

It is also a great option if you are a beginner are only rarely need to sharpen bits. You can get most of the benefits of the larger models while enjoying amazing value for money. The results are still remarkably good even at the discounted price.

It still has the same quality build and the same 3-year warranty. It is also very easy to use and Drill Doctor make alignment extremely easy. This is perfect for new users as well as those with more experience. The motor is still powerful enough to allow you to work on most metals. Another advantage is the compact and lightweight design.

What we liked:

  • Value for money
  • Suitable for most types and size bits
  • Well built
  • Durable
  • 3-Year warranty
  • Powerful motor
  • Compact, lightweight and portable
  • Highly user-friendly
  • 6 Foot power cord
  • Diamond sharpening wheel quick and easy to replace

What we did not like:

  • Not suitable for reverse drill bits
  • Limited to only one angle for sharpening
  • After extended use, the motor may overheat and shut off for a while

 

 

Woodstock D4144 Drill Sharpener

Features:

  • Can sharpen drill bits from 1/8 to 3/4 inch
  • Will cut angles from 41 to 88 degrees
  • Solid metal design
  • Works with a bench grinder
  • Accurate and fast
  • I-Year warranty
  • Light and portable
  • Well priced
  • Reliable
  • Includes user guide

Speaking of value for money it does not get more economical than the D4144 Drill Sharpener from Woodstock. They managed to make it available at such a low price as it does not have its own motor. It works off your bench or surface grinder. Once you have looked at the instructions, you will soon realize how fast and accurate this affordable drill bit sharpener is.

It will take a short time to get used to but once you have it mastered, it is extremely versatile and perfectly accurate. You get a lot of freedom with this device and it will handle drill bits from 0.125 to 0.75 inches. You also have a much greater choice over the drill point angle.

It is solidly built from quality metal and is practical and durable.

What we liked:

  • Excellent value for money
  • Solidly built from metal
  • Great flexibility to work on a wide range of drill bit sizes
  • Good instructions included

What we did not like:

  • Additional grinder is required
  • Takes some time to setup

 

Drill Doctor DD750X

Features:

  • Top of the range powerful drill sharpeners
  • Long-lasting diamond studded wheel
  • Wheel easy to replace when necessary
  • Sturdy yet light and compact
  • Suitable for most drill bit materials
  • Suitable for sizes from 3/32 to ¾ inch in size
  • Fast and easy to use
  • Easy alignment
  • Split point precision improved by push to stop feature
  • Can do back-cut split points for improved sharpness
  • Convenient storage space is built-in
  • Includes convenient carry case
  • Three-year warranty

We end off out reviews with the gold standard of all drill bit sharpeners and certainly the best drill bit sharpener available. This tough machine will take on pretty much any drill bit and quickly sharpen it to make it as good as when you first got it. Obviously, it is slightly more expensive than some of the other models so this intended for those that will use something like this regularly. If you only sharpen drill bits on the odd occasion, there are other great models to also consider.

This is, however, the best of the best and versatile enough to handle all drill bit sharpening with ease. You can sharpen all of your masonry bits, high-speed steel TIN-coated and carbide bits with this device. There are not many drill bits you cannot sharpen with the DD750X. It has all the power and functionality you could wish for.

It is not only versatile in terms of materials but also sizes. The DD750X can effectively sharpen bits from 3/32 inches to 3/4 inches. That should pretty much cover the requirements for most people.

As with the other Drill Doctor Drill Bit Sharpeners, it features a strong wheel that is diamond studded. They use a 180-grit wheel that is extremely effective. This will give you precise and fast results and last a long time. When it is necessary, the wheel is quick and easy to replace.

As with all Drill Doctor products, you get a firm 3-year warranty. This will give you the peace of mind to know that your investment will last. Their equipment is well made and built to last.

What we liked:

  • User-friendly
  • Powerful
  • Versatile in terms of drill bit size and coating
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Diamond studded wheel is quick to replace
  • Durable
  • Fast and efficient
  • Good 3-year warranty

What we did not like:

  • Not the cheapest drill bit sharpener
  • Takes more time to master than other models
  • Takes a while to set up at first

 

Types of Drill Bit Sharpeners

  • Hand Drill Bit Sharpening

Drill bits can be sharpened by hand using a bench grinder. This requires some serious mathematics to get the angle right and a skilled hand. Unless you are highly experienced in this regard, I would not recommend this method. It works but is not easy to do. Apart from the skill need it takes quite some time to do and you run a high risk of ruining the drill bit altogether.

  • Sharpening Jig

This is an economical way to make the job easier and more accurate. The Woodstock model we feature later is a perfect example of this type of drill bit sharpener. They work with your bench grinder and take the guesswork out of sharpening bits.

They are useful and great value for money but nearly as simple and convenient as an all in one automatic drill bit sharpener. There is still more skill and effort required and they will take a bit of time to set up.

  • Automatic Drill Bit Sharpener

This is the fastest and easiest way to keep your drill bits sharp and working at their best. There are a number of options available and Drill Doctor is clearly the leading brand. These machines are compact and fast and easy to use. There are a number of options to choose from depending on your needs and your budget.  

 

Buying guide – What you need to know

As great as a drill sharpener is, there are a few points to consider before rushing out and buying one. Here is what you need to take note of:

Size

While you want a frill sharpener that is stable and sturdy, you do not want something that takes up a lot of space in your workshop. A drill sharpener is not something you will be likely to use every day so a lightweight compact option is ideal.

Fortunately most of them fit this description and certainly, those that we reviewed are all easy to store. One thing to note with the Woodstock is that you will need space available next to your bench grinder.

It is also important to be aware of the size drill bits each machine can handle to ensure you get one that suits your requirements

Versatility

Speaking of requirements, you also want to ensure the drill bit sharpener is suitable for the type of metal or coating used on the drill bits you generally use. The drill bit sharpeners we looked at all make use of a sharpening wheel that is studded with diamonds. This makes it suitable for most metals including cobalt and titanium.

Ease of Use

The whole point of getting a drill bit sharpener is to make the process easier so be sure to check how user-friendly the model is. The Drill Doctor options are extremely easy to use you will soon be using them like a pro. The Woodstock requires a bit more getting used to but is still easy enough.

All of the models we reviewed come with excellent instructions.

Although using a drill bit sharpener is much easier than doing it by hand or using a grinder, there are still some complicated mechanics that you have to follow to ensure that you’re getting the right results.

 

 

Drill Bit Sharpener FAQ

Q: How do I use a drill bit sharpener?

A: It is very much like using an actual drill. Here are the instructions:

  • Insert the drill bit as you would in a normal chuck into the holder or jig
  • Ensure alignment is correct before proceeding
  • Start drill bit sharpener for roughly 15 seconds
  • Inspect results and repeat if necessary

Q: Do I need special skills to operate a drill sharpener?

A: No, not at all. The design of these drill bit sharpeners is such that they are easy to align and easy to operate. You probably do not need to even read the instructions but they are there if you need them.

Q: Can I use the drill sharpeners on left-handed drill bits?

A: Yes, absolutely. All you will need to do is get a chuck adaptor.

Q: How do I look after my drill sharpener?

A drill sharpener is fairly low maintenance. The most important thing to do is to keep it clean. Brush and vacuum the machine after every use and you should have no problems.

Verdict

It is very hard to pick a winner as they are all such great drill sharpeners. If you are on a really tight budget and do not need to sharpen drill bits often then the Woodstock is a good choice. If you use your drill regularly then the DD750X is the way to go. For regular DIY use, any of the other models will work perfectly well.

Robert P. Watson
 

Robert P. has been a DIY, woodworking enthusiast for 5 years, and in that time has written huge resources on woodworking and tools. He loves solving problems and crafting ideas from scratch.

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