Drill Doctor 500x Drill Bit Sharpener Review
Editor: Mike Radford
Basic Description of Item:
The 500X is perfect for the serious DIY’er, hobbyist and the professional user who needs to sharpen bits frequently. The 500X is built tough and sharpens drill bits to 118 or 135 degree point angles – ideal for workshops that use separate bits for drilling wood and metal.
Just the Facts:
Sharpens standard twist and masonry bits from 3/32″ to 1/2″ (optional 3/4″ chuck available)
Sharpens 118 degree and 135 degree point angles
Cast aluminum point angle shuttle for added durability
Sharpens Carbide, Cobalt, High-Speed Steel, Black Oxide, TiN-Coated, twist and Masonry bits
Longer chuck jaws hold bits more precisely, and jaw guides eliminate jaw twisting on small bits
Able to create and sharpen split point bits.
“Push to Stop” drill point splitting port: prevents over-splitting the bit point
Permanent magnet motor produces consistent power, regardless of speed or load
Easy to replace diamond sharpening wheel
6 foot power cord
I love things that work, and this drill bit sharpener just flat out works.
I was able to get a hold of the Drill Doctor about 1 month ago, I have to be honest before now I would use a drill bit, dull it over time, and then go get a new one! Not a good plan for someone that does not like spending money, and does not like to waste money.
I started a pretty cool project recently: tearing down an old camp trailer and converting it into a utility trailer. This would require a lot of welding, and a great deal of wood and steel drilling. The Drill Doctor came just in time for me to use it on this project.
I found the Drill Doctor 500x to be very easy to use. I also found good documentation, and great videos online that really helped me use it. I did have 2 different types of drill bits, and the Drill Doctor was easily adjusted for both angles of bits.
I will not go into all of the set up information, but it was very simple and easy.
Each of the bits that I sharpened just flew through the material I was drilling, both Metal and Wood.
The cool thing I noticed about the bits that I sharpened is that they were even sharper than a new bit. Half way through my project I started sharpening new bits before I used them…that is a sign of an awesome product.
The Drill Doctor came to me in great packaging, ready for use. I was able to get it from box to sharpening bits within 5 minutes of receiving the product. OUTSTANDING!
The set up process for sharpening each bit is a snap. I just followed the several videos on found on Youtube and on the Drill Doctor channel.
If you drill, and I mean if you EVER drill, go get a Drill Doctor. It makes projects go faster, smoother, and cost less!
Overall I love the Drill Doctor for several reasons:
– It just works
– It is easy to set up and use
– It is durable and can be used for years.
What they could do better:
I cannot see of anything at this time.