Auger Bit Vs Spade Bit: PTR Head 2 Head

Auger Bit Vs Spade Bit: PTR Head 2 Head

So you need to drill a 1″ hole in wood. A standard twist bit isn’t going to do the job. Auger bit vs spade bit – which one is the best accessory for the job?

There are Pros and Cons to both. Spade bits are less expensive, auger bits leave a cleaner hole. When it comes to speed, well, that’s up for debate. So we set up a little test to see which one is the better choice. Clint goes with the auger bit and I’m on the spade bit. Here’s a closer look at our selections:

PTR Head 2 Head: Auger Bit Vs Spade Bit Tool Notes

Spade Bit

  • Bosch Daredevil DSB1013
  • Diameter: 1″
  • Tip: Threaded Tip
  • Length: 6″
  • Shank: 1/4″ Hex
  • Price: $19.47 (13-piece set), $2.90 (1″ only)

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Auger Bit

  • Milwaukee Auger Bit 48-13-1000
  • Diameter: 1″
  • Tip: Threaded Tip
  • Length: 6″
  • Shank: 7/16″ Hex
  • Price: $39.99 (4-piece set), $17.53 (1″ only)


  • Milwaukee 2706-20 M18 Fuel Hammer Drill with One-Key
  • Speed: 0 – 3000 RPM
  • Impact Rate: 0 – 3700 IPM
  • Max Torque: 1200 in. lbs.
  • Weight: 3.40 lbs
  • Length: 7.60″
  • Price: $349 (kit), $179.00 (bare)
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Now, it seems Clint was determined to take every advantage this time around and really leaned on the auger bit to get a better time. While his competitive juices are clearly flowing, it’s possible he missed something. Namely the fact that both of these bits are threaded. They pull themselves through the wood once you get them started. Not only is it less work for you, but they also leave you with a cleaner finish.

That’s all well and good as a Pro Tip for using these accessories, but could Clint’s technique actually give him an edge in speed? Check out the video to see what happened.

Like what you see? Let us know what you’d like us to line up for a PTR Head 2 Head video in the comments below!


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