Best Drill Bit Organizers for Easy Storage

Best Drill Bit Organizer Reviews

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:

  1. They get lost
  2. They get damaged
  3. 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.

Huot 10550 Drill Bit Case

  • Holds 29 jobber length drill bits from 1/16" to 1/2" in 1/64" increments
  • Labelled storage holes
  • Made of steel
  • Snap lock cover
  • Very affordable

No 1 Choice

88%
Buyer Satisfaction

Huot 10550 Drill Bit Case

  • Holds 115 jobber length drill bits from 1/16" to 1/2" in 1/64" increments - letter sizes A to Z and sizes #1-60
  • Labelled storage holes
  • Made of steel

No 2 Choice

84%
Buyer Satisfaction

Drill Bit Dispenser Cabinets

These dispenser cabinets are a more expensive option and will cost around $70-80. 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 three drawer cabinet
  • 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

92%
Buyer Satisfaction

Huot 13590 Three-Drawer Drill Bit Dispenser Cabinet

  • This is a three drawer cabinet
  • Holds drill bits and taps
  • Tap sizes ~6/32 to 1/2"
  • Drill sizes #36 to 29/64"
  • Labelled compartments
  • Made of steel

No 2 Choice

94%
Buyer Satisfaction

Huot 13166 Five-Drawer Drill Bit Dispenser Cabinet

  • This is a five drawer cabinet for drill bits
  • Holds 2 each of 1/2" reduced shank drill bits from 33/64 yo 63/64" in 1/64" increments
  • Labelled compartments
  • Made of steel

No 3 Choice

82%
Buyer Satisfaction

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

  • Holds 20 drills or router bits with up to 3/8" shank. ‚Äč
  • Can be mounted under a cabinet or on any surface
  • Made in the USA from walnut.

No 1 Choice

98%
Buyer Satisfaction

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.

Galvanised Steel

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.

Labelled Components

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.

Lifetime Investment

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 Huot Manufacturing. 10550 Drill Bit Index for Jobber Length Sizes 1/16 to 1/2 in 1/64 Increments.

That is because it offers you a lot of capacity, all the important sizes and is very well priced. You could easily buy a couple of these and solve all your drill bit storage needs and never have to worry about that problem ever again. One less headache I say.

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.

Enda McLarnon
 

Enda McLarnon is now retired and is now enjoying writing about his love of power tools. All types of these tools are now available and they make working on projects and DIY jobs around the home a great deal of fun