Typical to the Bosch name, the Daredevil spade bits certainly have their place in the company lineup. For an inexpensive, value driven line of paddle bits, they perform like a product priced substantially higher, with innovative features more unique than the typical spade bit. Certainly the most fun you can have throwing chips for under 30 bucks!
Spade bits go by a few names, paddle bits, butterfly bits, etc. The idea behind them is that can drill clean holes into wood, with less breakaway, and at a much faster rate. The Bosch Daredevil Spade Bits are somewhat iconic and for good reason. To be honest, Bosch makes a lot of specialty bits that rank at the top too, such as their masonry bits. This new set of spade bits from Bosch are an excellent addition to your bit arsenal, especially at a budget price point. Does Bosch continue their reputation in their newest set of bits? Only one way to find out, read on in the Bosch Daredevil Spade Bit Review.
Bosch Daredevil Spade Bit Review Overview
In the broad spectrum of drill bits, it’s not difficult to find a decent set of bits to match your needs. With paddle bits especially, quality is king and should be the determining factor in your purchase. With that being said, other than quality, comes preference. While some are brand loyal, others may flock to a bit that outperforms others based on innovation. Now, innovation and drill bits may be a bit of an oxymoron. Most of us think of a few key materials that bits are made from, and a select few styles. These styles vary based on the work that needs to be done, and what industry you’re in. All of this may seem true until you get a Bosch Daredevil paddle bit in your hand. These bits are both unique and effective.
These bits come in various sizes, ranging from 1/4” to 1-1/4” in diameter, and are also available in varying lengths of 4”, 6”, and 16” for a wide range of applications. This review will focus on a ten piece set, featuring a 6″ extension. The claim to fame for the Daredevil bits is that they cut 10 times faster than a standard spade bit – pretty impressive!
Bosch Daredevil Spade Bit Review Features
The bits sport Bosch’s trademark Speedwave Paddle. Notice the innovative curvature of the paddle. This feature contributes to a faster material removal when drilling.
Bosch has also made these impact ready, with their Impact Tough Shank. A nice feature that allows a broader range of tool use.
The thick stock of Bosch’s high-speed steel cuts great with minimal vibration. I certainly noticed the difference and reduction in vibration when running the Daredevils versus my old spade bits.
The full thread tip is a nice touch on these bits. The innovation certainly is a change from the norm but offers a nice initial purchase of the material. My test holes were completed in rapid succession thanks to these tips.
Though the steel is thick, it’s worth noting that they do not dissipate heat any faster than traditional spade bits. It’s best to be wise and let the bits cool after doing a series of holes in your material.
The Daredevil bits perform just as hardcore as they look, but leave behind a nice and even cut on the material. Varying sizes alike, I had zero issues with hang-ups or uneven cutting.
Bosch Daredevil Paddle Bit Review Performance
Just like any other tool or accessory that I own, I cannot wait to see how these bits last. I like pushing my tools to the limit, and I certainly believe wholeheartedly that these Bosch bits will continue to impress. The general design and layout of the bits look good on paper and performs just as described. Whereas there isn’t much to be had in terms of drill bit innovation, Bosch has left their mark by pushing design limits that haven’t been attempted yet. I drilled through hardwoods and softwoods which threw more chips that I would have ever thought. The sheer speed of the bits was certainly impressive and contributed to the heat factor. As stated above, these bits are so fast, that even the thick stock steel does not dissipate heat rapidly – watch out! In general, I don’t see myself going back to a traditional spade bit after seeing how well these performed in the myriad of testing I faced them with.
Bosch Daredevil Spade Bit Review Value
Most know that drill bits aren’t something to skimp on. In most cases, with paddle bits, you can’t anyway. Surprisingly, these high-quality bits can be found at a fraction of what most bit sets go for. For 14.97 you can take home a full set of these daredevils from The Home Depot, and you'll be ready to throw chips in no time. Pair that value with the Bosch name, and it’s a great package for the price. For the DIY’er or homeowner, this makes for a very fitting set of bits that will last quite a while.
Bosch Daredevil Spade Bit Review Final Thoughts
As a longtime fan of Bosch, I have plenty of faith that these will be my go-to paddle bits from now on. Bosch caters to the professional, and it is always evident in how their products perform. In fact, they now have a spot on my workbench so I can use them as often as possible. One concern I always have with spade bits, in general, is how easily they can be serviced, or sharpened. The curvaceous nature of these bits will pose somewhat of a challenge, especially with the full thread tip. Despite this slight challenge, the testing I was able to put the bits through was enough to kill a handful of drill batteries and the price point alleviates that slight negative. The impressive and clean holes these bits cut was enough to make a finish carpenter proud, especially after seeing how many chips they throw! I haven’t cut holes this fast with spade bits before, that’s a fact. Make sure to look for these the next time you’re in need of a speedy set of paddle bits!