Forstner bit over paddle bit?

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Forum topic by jasonallen posted 01-23-2014 03:41 PM 813 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2014 03:41 PM

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This might be a dumb question, but what is the advantage of a Forstner bit over a regular paddle bit. I’m guessing the Forstner bit is probably sharper or holds its edge better, but I’ve never had any trouble using a paddle bit. I’m just trying to decide if I would notice a big difference if I spent the money on some Forstner bits. Thanks.

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#1 posted 01-23-2014 03:44 PM

1. Cuts a much cleaner hole.
2. Cuts a relatively “flat bottomed” hole with little/no lead hole.
3. Can cut a “partial” hole when used properly in a drill press.


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#2 posted 01-23-2014 03:49 PM

Spade bit is for roughing. Holes for wires and pipes through studs, it is fast. A forstner bit is a clean or finish hole, clean sides, clean bottom, smooth cut.

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 05:55 PM

I think spade bits are so named because it looks like you dug the hole with a shovel.

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