|Forum topic by unklegwar||posted 04-17-2010 06:51 AM||10128 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
04-17-2010 06:51 AM
Under duress (I need them to continue working) I ran to my local Woodcraft today and picked up their Woodriver 16 pc forstner bit set.
When I got them home I realized that nowhere on the box did it say whether these were High Speed Steel or High Carbon Steel. (also, the Sales guy said he’d had them for years, but when I looked them up online, the site says “NEW!”).
So i’ve delayed opening them until I know. From what I can tell, if they are HCS, then I’ve been seriously ripped off, as a comparable set of HCS bits from Griz is only about $30.
What I’m wondering is if anyone here has experience with either of these sets?
Also, there’s a lot of people raving about the High Carbon Steel sets from grizzly, but everything I’ve read about HCS says they’ll heat up in hard wood and lose temper and lose the ability to hold an edge. So it’s a little confusing (even Rockler is saying their HCS bits are ready for any type of wood (http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17283), yet Lee Valley makes it very clear that HCS is really only for soft woods(http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=45531&cat=1,180,42240)).
For forstner bits, it seems HSS is a better investment. I realize that a $70 HSS set is still going to be Chinese quality, but at least the material won’t add to the problem by losing temper and being permanently ruined (too soft to ever hold an edge again).
Can anyone chime in with insights into HSS vs HCS and the Griz vs Woodcraft (woodriver) quality?
(Meanwhile, I need to put my current project aside until I have a set of bits!)
Thanks very much!
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