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Irwin Speedbor 17 piece spade bit set with soft case @ Menards $15.99

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This set sells for $60 at Amazon, though they had it for $25 last week. Ships free to store, if there's one near you, or pay for shipping to home. With shipping and tax it cost me $28.50.

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So small? What kind of spades are these?
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Quote from boridealseekr :
So small? What kind of spades are these?
If you're making holes bigger than 1.5" you should probably be using a hole saw instead of spade bits.

Or if you were asking because you're thinking about the gardening tool called a spade, the answer is that these are not the same tool, just the same name. These are essentially just drill bits meant for making large-ish holes.
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I've been rebuilding a distressed house as a side project for 2 years now and I have formed an opinion on these:

1) don't bother buying a set. You'll use the 5/8, 3/4, or 1" pretty much exclusively.
2) these are mostly for drilling crude holes in studs to run wire or pipe. For electrical I use the 3/4 90% of the time even if its a little big because it makes pulling wire easily.
3) buy extras of what you use the most, for me thats the 3/4. Hit a buried nail once and any brand of these becomes a throw away in a second.

A real useful pack would be 2 each of the sizes I mentioned with a bonus 2 3/4's. Wish they'd sell em like that!
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Quote from Tremodels :
I've been rebuilding a distressed house as a side project for 2 years now and I have formed an opinion on these:

1) don't bother buying a set. You'll use the 5/8, 3/4, or 1" pretty much exclusively.
2) these are mostly for drilling crude holes in studs to run wire or pipe. For electrical I use the 3/4 90% of the time even if its a little big because it makes pulling wire easily.
3) buy extras of what you use the most, for me thats the 3/4. Hit a buried nail once and any brand of these becomes a throw away in a second.

A real useful pack would be 2 each of the sizes I mentioned with a bonus 2 3/4's. Wish they'd sell em like that!
Try an Auger bit, like linked below for drilling through studs and joists. Makes it SO much quicker and easier. When I finally picked one of these up, I was kicking myself for not doing it years ago. Night and Day difference compared to Spade bits.

https://www.menards.com/main/tool...874&ipos=8
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I have this set and it's been good to me, well worth the $20 or $25 I paid for it from Lowes on sale.

definitely recommend to anyone needing a set. it holds sharpness fairly well, only dull one I found a nail in some recycled wood that it didn't like
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