Best Drill Bit Organizers for Easy Storage
In this article we are going to check out what is available on the market to help organize your drill bits. There are many of us who have accumulated a lot of different drill bits over the months and years.
If they are left sitting around then three things normally happen and none of them are good. These are:
- They get lost
- They get damaged
- It is impossible to know what drills you have or even where they are
A great way of storing your drill bits is to have some type of drill bit organizer. There are many benefits in owning one of these, and as they are not expensive, the benefits far outweigh the small cost involved.
In addition for anyone who likes to be organised and save time, then these are an absolute must. As the old saying goes, " a place for everything and everything in its place."
Benefits of Owning a Drill Bit Organizer
Most people reading this will know the obvious advantage of owning any type of organizer. We have summarised these briefly below for those who are not sure about spending money on a drill bit organizer. The benefits are:
- It stops your bits from getting lost
- It stops them from getting damaged as tools can be set on top of them, weights placed on them etc
- It helps you find the drill bit you are looking for quickly and really is a huge time saver
- You also have a place to put them when you are finished working on your chosen task or project.
What Types of Drill Bit Organizers Are Available?
The most popular type of organizer is the metal case which can hold a range of different types of drill bits. That is the most basic form and they cost under £20.
You can also buy a drill bit dispenser cabinet, ideal for jobber drills as well, and this is normally a simple 2-3 drawer system. These are much better quality, but that said, they are always more expensive with an average price point of around £75-90.
You can also get magnetic bit holders and simpler plastic storage cases.
I will cover all three types down below so as you can see easily what is available, and then pick the organizer that is best suited to your needs and to your budget.
At A Glance Recommendations
Just below we have quickly summarised our main recommendations if you don't have time to read our longer and more detailed reviews. These summaries will give you the quick and important facts, along with average buyer satisfaction ratings.
Drill Bit Organizer Cases
These are the more affordable choices and they cost around £10-25 depending on which model that you decide to buy. They are made from good quality galvanised steel and they will last you for a lifetime.
Drill America HUT29 64ths Drill Bit Index
- Compact drill dispenser 19.8 x 10.5 x 4.7 cm
- This index holds 29 drills from 1/16" to 1/2" by 1/64ths
- 29 storage holes
- Made of steel
- Compact and fits easily into a tool bag
- Number one choice for quality and value
No 1 Choice
Metal Dispenser For 25 Piece Drill Bit Set
- Simple drill holder box
- Holds up to 25 drill bits
- Sturdy metal box that closes tightly and keeps drills organised
- Cheap and does a good job for any DIYer that wants to keep their drills in order
No 2 Choice
Drill Bit Dispenser Cabinets
These dispenser cabinets are a more expensive option and will cost around £100 or slightly over that. The cases shown above I believe are better suited to a home garage, whereas these are aimed at the professionals out there.
If you can afford something like these, they are a better job, but they do come with a much higher price tag.
Huot 13000 Three-Drawer Drill Bit Dispenser Cabinet
- This is a great three drawer cabinet
- 44.45 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm; 5.4Kg
- Holds 29 jobber length drill bits from 1/16" to 1/2" in 1/64" increments
- Labelled compartments
- Made of steel
- Made in the USA
No 1 Choice
VEVOR Drill Bit Dispenser Cabinet
- Three drawer cabinet thats 40.1 x 25.9 x 24.1 cm
- You can easily store collections of drills in metric sizes 1/16"-1/2"/1.59-12.7 mm in 1/64"/0.4 mm increments.
- The labeled compartments provide quick identification and organization. This clear design fits any style.
- Made from thickened (0.04"/1.0 mm) cold-rolled steel, with an orange-figured paint finish for good gloss and high strength.
- Very easy drawer slides for long useful life, with buffer pads relieving noises.
- Units can be stacked with other wire dispensers
No 2 Choice
Drill Bit Sets
If you are just starting out or your drills bits are getting a bit long in the tooth then you might consider buying a full new set. These sets are great quality and I thought they were very reasonably priced for what you get and really you get a dispenser as well as all the drills for not much more than the price of a decent dispenser.
VonHaus 99pc Cobalt Drill Bit Set
- A full 99 piece set of drills
- 14 sizes ranging from 0.5mm to 10mm for every drilling application
- They are ultra-hard M35 high-speed steel drill bits that will cut through steel, cast iron, titanium alloy, brick, wood and plastic with ease
- Includes the durable metal carry case with handle
- L23 x W21 x H4cm. Weight: 1.34kg
- MANUFACTURER 1 YEAR WARRANTY INCLUDED
No 1 Choice
Bosch Accessories 34-Pieces X-Line Titanium Drill and Screwdriver Bit Set
- Suitable for a wide variety of applications in wood, masonry and metal
- II liked the clear layout of the contents
- 5 x metal drill bits Ø 2-5 mm for metal, plexiglass and hard plastics, masonry drill bits Ø 5-8 mm, 5 x wood drill bits Ø 4-8 mm for hard wood, soft wood and plastic
- 13 x screwdriver bits, length 25 mm (3 x cross-head, 3 x Pozidriv, 3 x slot head, 4 x Torx), 3 x nusetters, 1 x connector for nutsetters, 1 x universal holder, 1 x countersink
No 2 Choice
Makita B-53811 Drill & Screwdriver Bit Accessory Set
- Full set of drills and bits
- Accessory set designed for use with drill drivers, combi drills and impact drivers.
- Includes a tic tac container which can be removed form the case and carried in a pocket for added convenience.
- Each items position is labelled for easy selection and organisation.
No 3 Choice
Other Types of Drill Bit Holders
As I mentioned earlier there are a couple of other and cheaper options if you don't wish to buy the full blown drill bit dispensers and cabinets. These options are suitable for someone who doesn't work with drill bits everyday, but still wants to keep them organized.
Magnetic Drill Bit Holder
- This Olsa Tools magnetic hex bit organizer tray can hold up to 37 of your 1/4 inch hex bits
- The magnetic base also securely holds your bits in place so that they won't go anywhere.
No 1 Choice
Tips for Buying a Drill Bit Organizer
You can see above the various types of drill bit organizers that are available. You can also make yourself something even simpler from a block of wood. To do that you can get a basic block of wood and actually use each of your drills to make a hole.
The pop each drill bit back into the hole, and you will easily be able to keep them all in the block of wood. You could then simply write the sizes on with a permanent marker. It is a bit of DIY work and will take a bit of time, but in the end will save you the expense.
Other than that you have the three choices shown above. Personally I don't like the magnetic bit holders, as I think they look messy, and still pretty disorganized. I prefer the trays as it just keeps everything so very well organized.
If you plan on regularly using drill bits then for me that is always going to be the best option.
Should You Buy a Drill Bit Organizer?
I didn't for a very long time, and in all honesty, I probably waited too long. I quite literally had to sort through about 150 drill bits, when I finally got around to getting organized.
I would recommend that once you own more than 20 drill bits, that this is when you should buy one of these. It is even more important if you have bought good quality bits and want to really look after them.
The better cabinets and cases will always be made from galvanised steel. That is because these do not rust, and they are about as tough as any material out there, so will be able to stand up to the rigours of either a work site or your home workshop or garage.
If you plan on getting completely organized then make 100% sure that there are size labels on whatever organizer you pick. With the steel cabinets and trays these are engraved into the metal, and personally that just makes my life a great deal easier, when I am looking for a particular drill bit size.
These literally will last a lifetime, save you hours of time searching for drill bits, and also look after those bits that you already own. These are tough and durable cabinets, made in the USA and really built to last.
For me anyway spending money on something useful that will last a lifetime is something that I am perfectly happy to do. I have owned many plastic versions of these, and they crack once they have been open and closed a few times.
Separating the Drill Bits
There are a few options when it comes to actually organizing your bits. I sort mine by brad points and then have another of these form my HSS bits.
You could also have separate cases for wood, metal and masonry. Alternatively you could sort them by hex and ordinary bits. That decision will come down to what types of bits you own and what you use on a regular basis.
Imperical and Metric
Most of these bit holders are shown in both inches and millimeters. Most people will use the standard notation such as 1/4", but engineers almost always work in mm. It's nice to have both options, but most buyers will be happy with the fraction of inch measurement.
Our Final Recommendation
The good news is that there are quite a few of these to pick from. If I had to recommend just one to you it would be the Bosch 34 piece set for £10. Surely this is a complete bargain
Something like this also makes an affordable gift for any person into their DIY, and is ideal for Father's Day, a birthday or Christmas. I can assure you that anyone who enjoys DIY will love to own something like this, and it is something they may have never thought of. If you want something a bit more expensive then have a look at some cordless drills.