Updated June 26, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 9 Best Auger Drill Bits

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Since the initial publication of this wiki in October of 2016, we've made 10 edits to this page. When you want to sink some serious holes through various types of material, you’ll need a reliable, heavy-duty auger drill bit. Or better yet, get yourself an entire set with a variety of sizes, and you'll be ready for everything from building playground equipment or a backyard deck to creating a piece of Mission Revival-style furniture. Here we rank them based on design, durability, and price. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best auger drill bit on Amazon.

9. Greenlee 66PT-1

8. Drill Master 7-Piece

7. WoodOwl 03709 Tri-Cut

6. Yard Butler Roto Earth

5. Eagle Tool EA56254 Flex Bit

4. Milwaukee 3-Piece Set

3. Bosch Daredevil

2. DeWalt DW1681

1. Irwin Tools Speedbor

Special Honors

Timber Tools Holzmaster Double-Cut Available in 12-, 18-, and 24-inch lengths, these individually sold tools will cut into wood smoothly without having to be pushed, and without material buildup. Their perfectly concentric shape allows for even and easy cutting of accurately sized holes, and their Teflon coating ensures an easy exit. They’re made with carbon steel that’s heat-treated and tempered, for years of reliable use. timbertools.com

Editor's Notes

June 25, 2019:

When you’re boring holes into wood, an auger drill bit is often necessary for the job. This centuries-old tool has sharp spurs on the edges of its tip to make sure the hole it’s creating is smooth and uniform throughout. Its fluted design allows for the removal of debris as you work, and it keeps the new hole from becoming clogged with shavings. Most auger bits are intended only for use with wood, although there are exceptions (such as the Yard Butler on our list, which is made to create holes in soil). These tools are well suited for projects like making furniture, constructing a backyard deck or raised garden bed, and more.

Joining our list is the DeWalt DW1681, which is made with an overall length of 17 inches, with a 5/8-inch diameter. It’s built for the long haul, with a hardened alloy steel body and a sturdy, dual-cutting edge. Its self-feed spur quickly penetrates through all types of wood, and the hollow center flute assists with debris extraction. And, you’ll appreciate the convenience afforded by its handy ball groove end that allows you to remove it easily from your drill chuck when you’re done using it.

Another new addition is the sturdy Milwaukee 3-Piece Set, which will help you drill with confidence into any wooden workpiece. These shiny tools come in three commonly used diameters and feature a polished flute finish to which shavings won’t stick. The longer shaft length makes it simple to drill deep without needing an extension. And the signature Milwaukee-red, roll-up pouch certainly comes in handy for organization and portability.

Sadly, the Pit Bull CHIAU0624 eight-bit set leaves the list in his update, due to its lack of availability. Also making an exit is the TruePower 09-0279 Stubby, due to some reported quality issues.

No matter which tool or set you choose, always be sure to follow safe woodworking practices, including protecting your eyes and ears and unplugging power tools when you’re making adjustments to them or swapping out bits.


Karen Bennett
Last updated on June 26, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.


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