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#1 posted 09-12-2012 01:40 PM

Wow, I just came across this thread, followed the links, and was a bit shocked (pun intended) at the $288.38 price for a 10-bit set. My forage into Forstner bits started with the WoodRiver 10bit Set at less than $44 that I picked up on sale. I could have 6 1/2 SETs of WoodRiver bits for the price of “1” set of COLT.

Just like many others have stated, I have not used half of them so far, making individual bits “twice the price”. Some how twice the price of $44/set bits is more appealing than the price of $288/set bits. And replacing worn/damaged WoodRiver bits becomes very economical when I look at it in that way.

That said, I also have to admit that I have my fathers Craftsman 29 piece twist-bit set from the mid 1960s that I have personally maintained for +40yr. While not the “best” for wood, when freshly sharpened (Drill Doctor) they do quite a respectable job when backed with a sacrificial piece. I have always enjoyed having a FULL set of drill bits and having the “right” bit just when it is needed the most.

I thus see the argument for BOTH sides, purchasing “sets” AND buying “individual bits”. I guess, as a hobbiest, the best bet would be to buy less expensive “sets” and replace individual bits as needed. However, for the younger (relative term ;-) ) professional woodworker, the higher quality “sets” may have their place in the shop. All I know is that I, as a hobbiest, will never have the kind of production rates to necessitate such high quality/price bits.

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