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I have these. For anyone who has never owned this type of bit, they are violently aggressive, require a powerful drill (talking DCD996 or equivalent here), and are really meant for rough construction.

They're really good for Boeing holes through dimensional lumber and sheet goods when running electrical/plumbing/etc. and I'd suggest you use a drill with a secondary handle with the larger sizes.
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I use mine with an impact driver.
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I don't have this Bosch set, but I do have a similar set. Greg-J is spot on. They can quickly get away from you in larger diameters. Although I haven't had any issues with my DCD777 having enough umph to power them through pine, I have experienced the bit grabbing on and twisting the drill from my grasp. Definitely exercise measured caution when using larger sizes, particularly with compact drills.
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Adding to what a few others said, the screw tip on these makes these extremely aggressive and for very rough carpentry only. There is no such thing as spinning the bit at speed with light pressure to gently bore through the material.
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If you own an impact driver i can't think of a reason in the world why you would ever want to use these in a drill. They are effortless in an impact and the exact opposite in a drill.
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Adding to what a few others said, the screw tip on these makes these extremely aggressive and for very rough carpentry only. There is no such thing as spinning the bit at speed with light pressure to gently bore through the material.
I second this, the screw tips really grip and plow though the wood. Need to hang onto the drill.
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You really shouldn't use these on impact drivers. I have bought at least 5 sets of these over the years. They're very soft compared to proper spare bits or hole saws. That said - they do an excellent job if you use them the correct way. If you are putting these into your impact then you probably need some training on tools and their uses. These tools are intended for actual drill motors on low gear.
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These good for boring holes in stumps? I'd be using an impact drill.
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If you own an impact driver i can't think of a reason in the world why you would ever want to use these in a drill. They are effortless in an impact and the exact opposite in a drill.
Ive never used these specifically but with the irwin ones a drill always seemed alot smoother then an impact but maybe an impact was a little faster due to higher rpm
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You really shouldn't use these on impact drivers. I have bought at least 5 sets of these over the years. They're very soft compared to proper spare bits or hole saws. That said - they do an excellent job if you use them the correct way. If you are putting these into your impact then you probably need some training on tools and their uses. These tools are intended for actual drill motors on low gear.
Thats a hard no. Maybe you should read the product description. Impact driver is the superior tool for these bits
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These good for boring holes in stumps? I'd be using an impact drill.
Sure... you certainly don't need an impact, but it will work and the bit fits. You might use an extension to go deeper and use the bit size you want the first time for that hole.... you can get a bigger bit started in a smaller hole, but it is a pain. After a couple uses and unlike the ship type augers, these are not all that aggressive from the screw tip, but if dulled, you can resharpen the cutting edge.

I burnt a green stump out doing same, but it required several attempts. An old stump took off the first time.
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These good for boring holes in stumps? I'd be using an impact drill.
I was about to do the same until I found out about the stump killer called Dow Torden.
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I was about to do the same until I found out about the stump killer called Dow Torden.
Torden just stops re-sprouting; i.e., kills the roots.... You still have to get rid of the stump or wait years for it to finally rot out. Drilling the holes and using about 80% diesel/kerosene, used motor oil, etc. and 20% gasoline will burn the stump out and save the expense of a stump grinder that around her is about $2 a diameter inch with a minimum for showing up that only goes down about 6 inches.

My Grandfather used dynamite that was always exciting to watch as a kid, but that required some digging with a shovel, and/or boring with a ship's auger.
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