8 drills for $30 is a good deal. www.victornet.com item number SD-08 While woodturning I have found that I often need to drill holes over 1/2″ in diameter. Good US made drills over 1/2″ cost big bucks.
This cheap set of imported drills is good enough for drilling in wood and soft metals like aluminum.
The drills have straight shanks reduced to 1/2″ so they fit into common 1/2″ drill chucks.
Like it says on Victor’s web site. The drills DO NOT come in a case like the picture. The bits come loose. I would just throw the case away so no big deal.
I have found that twist drills work better than spade bits when drilling on the lathe. They don’t easily wonder off center.
Taper Shank DrillsFor drill sizes I use often, like 5/8″. I like “Taper Shank” drills that I can mount directly in my lathes #2 morse taper tailstock with out a drill chuck. Victor Machinery stocks a good selection of imported “Taper Shank” drills at good prices.
Drill ChucksYou can never have to many drill chucks. Victor has a great deal on a 1/2″ CVA drill chuck for $16, item #CVB5/8-16 I have 2 of these. I am very happy with the quality.
Don’t forget to buy a matching arbor for Drill Chuck. 5/8-16 threads with #1, #2, or #3 Morse Tapper that matches your lathe. Beware the 5/8-16 thread is very rare. So get the matching one from Victor. If you run your lathe in reverse then think about epoxying the chuck onto the arbor to keep it from unscrewing.