I like to use Morse Taper drills in the tailstock of my lathe to drill holes.
Ebay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap.
I recently purchased a 1-1/8″ #3 Morse Taper drill on ebay that I now use when turning hollow forms. I drill a 1/1-8″ center hole and it works great. Because the Roll Munro “Hollower2” fits inside the hole.
In the last few weeks there have been some nice assortments of Morse Taper Drills on Ebay Look for “Morse Taper Assorted Drills”. There seems to be lots of interest in big sets. So bidding on a small set is probably best.
Your changes of getting something by bidding directly on Ebay are low. You need to use www.actionsnipper.com to bid in the last 5 seconds.
Most modern lathes are #2 Morse Taper in Tailstock. Only Oneway and VB36 (any others?) are #3. So most people should look for #1 or #2 Morse Taper drills. You can use a #1 to #2 adapter on #1 drills.
Putting a big drill in a #3 to #1 Morse Taper Adapter is not a great idea! So if your lathe is not #3 then forget about the #3 drills. Note: A #2 to #3 adapter is ok. Small to large is always ok. Just DO NOT go large to small.
Most Morse Taper drills over 5/8″ are #3. But you can find some old drills that are #2. So looking at the old stuff on Ebay is a good pace to find them.
I use my Morse Taper drills to drill holes in wood. So I don’t care about the drill quality or manfacturer. Any old drill will do. Most of the drills on Ebay are old and thus made by good US or German manfactures.
If the price is right I don’t care if a set on Ebay has some #4 drills, etc that I can’t use.
You can geta good price on #1 to #2 Morse Taper Adapters on Ebay or from Victor Machinery http://www.victornet.com/