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willhime

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04-07-2016 05:53 AM

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I need specifically a 1.5” forstner bit (for making a router table plate hole). I figured I might as well just indulge the idea of getting a full set (16-31 piece). For over 2 years, I’ve had an 8-bit porter cable set I bought at Lowe’s for $30. Despite the sexy appeal of a huge MLCS/Grizzly/Rockler, etc, they still drill pretty good. I’ve dropped them, accidentally gone into an embedded screw, burned some, and they keep ticking. There have been many times though where I’ve needed the 1 1/8, or a 2” or whatever which has me still on this hunt. Are the larger sets worth it ? I know this is a pedestrian question, but I’ve never used any other brands.

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teejk02

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#1 posted 04-07-2016 02:19 PM

Would have to wonder how often you would use the larger ones. I have a cheap set from Menards that goes up to 1” and they work just fine but I don’t use any of them often. Anyway, you might check any outfit that sells European style “cup” hinges. CShardware might be a good start.

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#2 posted 04-07-2016 02:30 PM

I have 3 sets to go from 1/4 to 2-1/8 by 1/16” and 2-14 to 3-1/8 from Peachtree Woodworking.

I use them all the time for fixtures, templates, and finished parts. I think I have used just about every size over the last few years.

http://ptreeusa.com/forstner_bit_sets.htm

I got the sets when they were on sale.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 04-07-2016 03:21 PM

I have a harbor freight set on 1/8ths from 1/4 up to 2” that has been perfectly adequate for my needs. It’s not like I drill 100’s of 1 7/8 holes, but if I ever need one, I’ve got it.

I think it’s this one http://www.harborfreight.com/16-piece-titanium-nitride-coated-forstner-bit-set-39812.html
Mine may be 1/2 shank version. I can’t remember.

You can almost always find a 20% off coupon which would bring it down to around $30 plus tax.

Probably if you buy a set, you’ll never need another.

Grizzly has some relatively inexpensive carbide sets and I’ve been tempted to buy the 1/16ths filler set which goes between my 1/8ths set. I’ve been tempted but have no pressing need for it, so haven’t bought.

-Paul

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Rick M

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#4 posted 04-07-2016 04:30 PM

I own the Porter Cable set, 14 bits for $40. I used to own some old forstner bits that were razor sharp but clogged like crazy. The PC set doesn’t clog but are not razor sharp. They cut clean enough holes and are adequate for my purposes. The case is blown molded plastic and is adequate. I can’t brag about them but I don’t dislike them.

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#5 posted 04-07-2016 05:47 PM



I own the Porter Cable set, 14 bits for $40. I used to own some old forstner bits that were razor sharp but clogged like crazy. The PC set doesn t clog but are not razor sharp. They cut clean enough holes and are adequate for my purposes. The case is blown molded plastic and is adequate. I can t brag about them but I don t dislike them.

- Rick M.

I also own this set and have no complaints

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#6 posted 04-07-2016 05:53 PM

I bought a set of Mastergrip model #480082 at Costco, 1/4” to 2-1/8” in 1/4” increments (16 pieces) less than $40 and not a bad set as they are “guaranteed for life”, whatever that means ….. but they did include a phone number for service. No indication of country of origin.

I am very satisfied with the performance of this set.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 04-07-2016 06:53 PM


I have a harbor freight set on 1/8ths from 1/4 up to 2” that has been perfectly adequate for my needs. It s not like I drill 100 s of 1 7/8 holes, but if I ever need one, I ve got it.

I think it s this one http://www.harborfreight.com/16-piece-titanium-nitride-coated-forstner-bit-set-39812.html
Mine may be 1/2 shank version. I can t remember.

You can almost always find a 20% off coupon which would bring it down to around $30 plus tax.

Probably if you buy a set, you ll never need another.

Grizzly has some relatively inexpensive carbide sets and I ve been tempted to buy the 1/16ths filler set which goes between my 1/8ths set. I ve been tempted but have no pressing need for it, so haven t bought.

-Paul

- Ocelot

I’ve got the same set and they have served me well. I don’t use the large ones that often but I use the ones <1 inch quite a bit and they seem to hold their edge well.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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cdarney

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#8 posted 04-07-2016 07:29 PM

I tend not to buy large sets of bits…except drill bits. Router bits, router profile bits and forstner bits I normally buy one of maybe two at a time. I have no idea when I would use some of the bits in the larger sets and having them would be something of a waste.

I generally go to MLCS for bits. They ship fast and free. I live reasonably close to them and have gotten my order the next day several times.

http://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/forstinx.html

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 04-07-2016 07:46 PM

I have Forstner bits up to 3-1/2”. I use them a lot and love them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 04-07-2016 07:54 PM

The thing about drill bits is I hate not having the size I need, having to stop working and go to the store or wait a few days for mail order. It’s worth an inexpensive set just for that reason alone.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#11 posted 04-07-2016 08:21 PM

Been buying grizzly.com Roman Carbide (China) forstner bits ‘as needed’. Now I have full set 1/4” to 1” by 1/8” plus a 35mm for cabinet hinges and both 3” & 2-3/4” for a special job. I only buy carbide, HSS is worthless.

M

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 04-08-2016 04:46 AM

Correction, they were 1/8” increments and I bought these a number of years ago!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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HokieKen

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#13 posted 04-08-2016 09:49 AM



Been buying grizzly.com Roman Carbide (China) forstner bits as needed . Now I have full set 1/4” to 1” by 1/8” plus a 35mm for cabinet hinges and both 3” & 2-3/4” for a special job. I only buy carbide, HSS is worthless.

M

- MadMark

If it’s a production environment, sure. But for occasional use in wood HSS is fine. Even for metal work machine shops use HSS for all but the most used sizes with anything softer than carbon steel.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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rick1955

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#14 posted 04-08-2016 09:21 PM

No one mentioned multi-spur bits or saw tooth forstner bits from Lee Valley. People confuse carbon steel with High Speed Steel. We drilled hundreds of hole with these bits. I’ve dealt with tooling for over 50 years.

-- Working smarter with less tools is a true crafts person...

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