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01-05-2011 01:07 PM

Does anyone here have one of those circle cutters with the bit, bar and chisel?

Any particular make model that you recommend?


-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL -

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#1 posted 01-30-2011 12:21 AM

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#2 posted 01-30-2011 12:24 AM

We call that a tank cutter for cutting water tanks. It of course has many uses .have fun Alistair

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#3 posted 01-30-2011 12:25 AM

I have one. I think it’s the General. It makes a nice hold but gets real
hot and burns the wood a lot, even on just one cut on thicker stock
like 3/4” ply. It would probably work great with thin pieces, like 1/4”.

If you need to drill a lot of big holes, I wouldn’t recommend these things -
you’ll just burn the cutter.

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#4 posted 01-30-2011 12:36 AM

they work and does the job…..but is a real finger crusher … you are warrend
and can only be used in a drillpress

you are better served with a complete set of holesaws , forstnerbits and spadebits

take care

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 12:53 AM

Mine is a no-name from Woodcraft, It works well enough.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 01:08 AM

I have the Lee Valley one, and really like it. It seems really sharp right out of the box, fit and finish is great. No wobble or racking. Cuts a nice clean hole or a really nice clean wheel, depending on how you set the cutter.

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 11:54 AM


I have one also that looks the same as the one Lee Valley has but bought else where. Unlike the one shown at Amazon these have a Large Round Blade Holder and the Blade is reversible end to end for “Wheels” or “Holes”. The Centre Pilot Drill & Holder also look more substantial, They are $31.50 at LV and cut 1” to 6”. Link To LV Follows:,180,42316&ap=1

Mine, as Loren Mentioned Burned Like Crazy! It also wanted to Bog Down (Stop) unless I used VERY Light pressure on it. It MUST be used ONLY in a Drill Press and the Recommended MAX RPM is 500.

All in all it’s a god piece of equipment if your going to be doing various size Holes Now and Then. However. If I knew I would be cutting a Large Number of Specific Size Holes (not wheels) somewhere between say 3 to 6 inches I would definetely buy a Hole Saw of that diameter.

Hope it helps.


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#8 posted 02-16-2011 01:19 AM

Josh, I have one and it works great, mine is from Woodcraft. Do not get the small model! Get the one with the half inch shaft. Also get an extra cutter. Be sure to clamp your work piece firmly! This tool is fun to play with. Check my cutting board on my projects. Good luck!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 02:12 AM

we used to use them in cutting metal. Called them a “Fly Cutter” have not tried one on wood.

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 06:51 AM

i use a fly cutter , it works but not well.

-- rick

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#11 posted 02-16-2011 04:51 PM

I used several and I hated them. Then I tried the General and liked it, also found a larger model …

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