After my first 'real' workshop project I somewhat expected burnt through 4 or 5 pozidriv bits from the various cheap and freebie kits over the years. This is even with about half-the-length predrilled, only limited by the length of the drill bit too. Since the majority of the fastener sets I own are from Aldi and thus PZ2, I figure it might be time to finally buy some branded ones of that particular bit. I only have one spare cheapie left anyway.
Does anyone have any comments on how much better branded bits are, say Irwin or Dewalt (they seem to have ok value packs $2~$3 per bit) over generics? I get all drill/driver bits are somewhat consumables when eventually used enough, but aside from the usual "cheap bits are crap", it would be handy to know if anyone has any running experience with using cheap ones then moving onto branded ones. Usual cost/benefit stuff and also how many. Irwin x5 or Dewalt x15 seem to the best value, but I dunno 15 seems overkill if they do last a lot longer per bit.