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171 days ago

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Hi. I am looking for a decent Fortner bit set. I originally bough a set from Woodcraft and ended up sending them back. Some of the sawtoothed bits weren’t even sharpened to points and while I am a novice, I didnt see how rounded tops could cut clean.

Currtently I am looking at a couple sets from Grizzly. Has anyone used either of thses sets:

Does anyone have a reccomendation on a set? I am trying to stay under $100 if possible.

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#1 posted 171 days ago

I have this now discontinued set and I haven’t had any problems:

Not sure how it compares to the current offerings.

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#2 posted 171 days ago

I am very satisfied from the above set. You would pay much more at LV for a similar quality.

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#3 posted 171 days ago

This is also on my list. I’ve decided to get the Maxi-Cut bits from Lee Valley, based on articles, product reviews, and blogs that I’ve read. These are German made and have lots of details that make sense for what they are supposed to do.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 171 days ago

Don’t buy a set. Why buy some sizes you’ll never use? Buy one at a time in the size needed for the job.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#5 posted 171 days ago

I needed a forstner bit a while back for a one-off project I was working on, and the only local place available was tbe Borg. The only thing I could find was a Ryobi 8 bit set for about $20, which was just a tad more than paying for a single bit, so I took the bait even though I am not a big Ryobi fan due to past experience with some of their tools. Believe it or not, I was pleasently surprised at how well they worked and were machined. I’ve had that set for a couple of years now and they still work like new. Not sure if it’s a marketing gimmick or not, but they have what they call their patented “X-wing” design which I found allows you to see the cut much better than some other forstner bits I’ve used, and the holes produced were very clean and smooth.


-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#6 posted 171 days ago

I have bought mine one by one, and I’ve wondered if I ended up spending a lot more than if I’d bought a set to begin with.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 171 days ago

My Porter Cables have performed well and have non dulled after drilling Jatoba and other tough woods. I think the key to longevity is using slow speed on your DP.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 170 days ago

I’m with gfadvm, I have a Porter cable set I bought 10? years ago maybe? It still works as well as the day I bought it.
The MiL bought me a small Porter Cable set a couple of years ago for Christmas and they seem to be the same bits.

Thoroughly happy with both sets.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 170 days ago

I bought the ones at woodcraft, i believe they go from 1/4” to 1 1/2”, they were on sale for $25 and have worked pretty good

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#10 posted 170 days ago

I also have a Porter-Cable set and they work for me. Seem to be staying sharp.

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#11 posted 170 days ago

I Bought this set from HF – easily the best thing I ever bought there, I have used them a lot and it is great to every size. My only regret is that they do not sell a set with 1/16” increments. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 170 days ago

Looks like the Grizzly carbide bits in the original post are a bargain compared to some other manufacturers’ carbide or even HSS Forstner bits. I wonder how sharp they are and how well they hold up. I’ve almost bought one of the Porter Cable HSS sets at Lowe’s a couple times but passed.

How many of you guys have shelled out for carbide Forstner bits over HSS? I’ve been trying to decide whether it’s worth it. If you just drill slow, clean out the hole frequently, and drill a relief/waste exit hole first, does that pretty much make carbide unnecessary?

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#13 posted 170 days ago

carbide is not for beginners. I shelled out big bucks for a carbide set as I started out and chipped/burnt them out in a month. I was using them at a much higher rpm than they should be used. Since then I’ve I learned to use my drill press properly at the correct rpm per bit. They do not dull at all with proper use.


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#14 posted 170 days ago

I have a porter cable set and wanted to try the Colt bit and the difference is
noticeable. The chips seem to eject at a higher rate on end grain when making
rolling pins.

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#15 posted 170 days ago

So in you guys’ opinion. What are the common sizes that you would need and how big have you needed to go?

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