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Wire drill bit set

Have you found a benefit with a wire drill set?

Is there a need to use this in addition to using using a welder's tip cleaners?

To enlarge a hole, how easy is it to use the hand "drill" or should I say, handle with a chuck.

When I'm cleaning carb holes/orifices/jets I use the welder's tip cleaner as part of it is a mild reamer. Not enough to really file down aluminum unless you work at it but enough to file away soften varnish after the carb dunk or ultrasonic cleaner.

I may use them for the occasional jet, but I do need them as I was given a cutting torch where the previous owner used the torch tip as a flat hammer and I need to clear the holes. I have other tips but I don't like to have anything around that sits and doesn't work. I like to do my best and get everything working and in as good a shape as I can reasonably make it. This torch has been sitting for 1 year? 2 years? Maybe now is a time to do my best clearing the holes, straightening them so they are actually holes. Though I don't use this torch as I have 3 others.

I thought Harbor Freight carried them but they don't so I looked on eBay and Amazon. Is there a particular brand I should get and stay away from?

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I've only ever used them on model cars
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I cleaned a jet/valve on my pressure washer last spring. I have a roll of bare copper wire with dimensions about .05 or so, much to large to penetrate a plugged jet. So I took a length of the stuff and put one end into my vice and wrapped the other end around a stick. Next I just pulled on it........it stretched easily until the diameter would shrink to fit the jet. Worked just fine. I didn't even remove the jet from the carburetor, just removed the carburetor's bottom cap.
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I use torch cleaners to clean jets, and little mini wire drills to enlarge them.
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I use torch cleaners to clean jets, and little mini wire drills to enlarge them.

+1 on that
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The drills come in finer size gradations than the torch cleaner selections.
They will also do more to dislodge a hard varnish.
Buy more than one set, they break easily if slightly bent.
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Check with a welding supply house. Don't cheap out, you don't want to break one off inside of a carb.

If I can't fix it, I can screw it up so bad that no one else can either!
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I think they are pretty handy as you know how much you are opening up a jet. You also know if the back side of the bit doesn't gently slide straight in and you have the right size bit the jet's slightly clogged.
IMHO it's a cheap and handy tool.

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Have you found a benefit with a wire drill set? Is there a need to use this in addition to using using a welder's tip cleaners? To enlarge a hole, how easy is it to use the hand "drill" or should I say, handle with a chuck.

Tip cleaners are ok if one is just doing a cleaning but for tuning an engine the mini bits give absolute dimensions for a before and after.

Your handle with a chuck is known as a pin vise in most circles.
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I call them essential and agree with Dave Rider. Testing Jet size before and after tuning. I bought 2 sets last year....$15 and came with the pin vise. Bits do bend EZ. Usually numbered from 61-80. Small investment for great results.

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