Ever have one of those days where you see a pattern everywhere you look? This seems to be one of those days for me – everywhere I look I see drill and screwdriver bits on sale. Here are some of the better ones.
Bosch 21pc Impact Tough Insert Bit Set
This compact impact-rated screwdriver bit set doesn’t offer a huge selection of bit sizes or styles, but it includes the most common ones and a few spares. There’s also an impact-rated insert bit holder and a locking carry case. $13 via Amazon
Craftsman Impact Screwdriver Bit Sets
Craftsman recently came out with some new impact-rated screwdriver bits as well. Our early tests show that the bits are precise and pretty durable.
The 11pc set is currently on sale for less than $7 via Sears. But don’t believe the product photo – the sample set I’m currently testing came with Phillips, Robertson (square), and Torx 2″ power bits, and a bunch of Phillips and Robertson 1″ insert bits.
There’s also a new 29pc impact bit set that comes with a couple of nut drivers, a bit holder, and a ton of Phillips bits. On sale for less than $15 via Sears.
Reminder: coupon code SEARS2012 takes $5 off $50+ orders.
Dewalt Drill and Screwdriver Bit Sets
If you don’t necessarily need impact-rated bits, this Dewalt 27pc drill & drive set features a nice assortment of bits and Rapid Load bit holder. Not bad for just $10 at Lowes.
If you need to expand or upgrade your bit collection, this 100pc set offers a lot of bang for the buck. It comes with bits galore, including nut drivers, impact-rated bits, and a 14pc Pilot Point drill bit set. You can all 100 bits and 4 ToughCases for just $25 via Lowes.
Just so you know, the 14pc Pilot Point drill bit set (which we definitely recommend) is priced at about $14 via Amazon, and the 34pc impact bit set is about $13 via Amazon. These are great quality bit assortments, and for $2 less with the Lowes deal you get both plus two extra screwdriver bit sets.
Milwaukee 22pc Shockwave Impact Bit Set
As if there aren’t enough impact bit sets on sale already, here’s Milwaukee’s Shockwave 22pc set for your consideration. Surprisingly, we haven’t heard too many things about these bits yet – good or bad – but we’re usually very trusting of Milwaukee quality. $15 via Home Depot
This set comes with a bonus 3/8″ square drive adapter, which could come in handy.
JeffD informed us in a comment that Milwaukee’s 24pc bit set is also a great buy. It comes with an assortment of bits and a bit holder for $10 via Home Depot.
Bosch 18V Drill/Driver Kit for $99
This isn’t a drill bit set or screwdriver bit set, but maybe you need a new cordless drill/driver to go along with your new bits. Lowes is offering this Bosch 18V kit for just $99. It features a 1/2″ chuck, 2-speed gearbox with 400/1300 max RPM, 400 in-lb max torque delivery, and it comes with 2x 1.3Ah battery packs. $99 via Lowes, through 11/12/2012.
Is it a good drill/driver? At least a dozen people seem to think so over at Amazon, where the kit is selling for over $140.
You mentioned that you haven’t heard much about the quality of the Milwaukee Shockwave bits…
I’ve had that exact set, as well as some hex-shank drill bits that I’ve been using in my impact driver for the last year. So far I’d say they live up to their claims – I’m not always the most careful, and while driving screws, I would sometimes ruin my bits by letting them slip off the screw head or whatnot. These bits show very little wear, and I am still using the same single philips bit over one year later, haven’t worn it out yet. I’m very pleased with their quality.
Thanks for sharing your experience with them! I just might have to try them out for myself.
I’ll second that. I have quite a few redundant bit sets from Milwaukee, Dewalt, and Skil. The Shockwave has been my go-to set for a while now. I’m also using the same phillips #2 a year later. Granted, I’m just a DIYer an don’t use these everyday, but I’d say they are good quality.
Homey Depot also has the 24 piece Milwaukee Shock Wave set for $9.98.
price for 100 dewalt bit set is 49.00 at lowes not 25
Sorry about that, it looks like the deals expired in November or December 2012.