I would wager most of you wish drum brakes were never invented. Truth be told, drum brakes can be better than disc brakes in some applications. In fact, drum brakes last a very long time, which means you won't need to service them nearly as much as you would disc brakes. In fact, I've seen drum brakes last more than 100,000 miles. So even if you have difficulty with drum brakes, at least you know you shouldn't have to worry about them again for some time. Here's a video on the basic parts of a drum brake setup that will help illustrate some of the topics covered later in this article.