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Forum topic by Craig Havran posted 03-25-2014 02:46 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Craig Havran

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03-25-2014 02:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: forstner bit

Hopefully I’m not duplicating another post, but when I’m searching for “Forstner Bit” I’m getting an error on the website.

I’m looking to purchase a forstner bit set, but reading reviews has me at a loss. I’m not going to be using them daily, but don’t want to sacrifice too much quality for economy. I’m starting to grow tired of purchasing individually, and would like a decent/nicer set. I know carbide is supposed to be the bee’s knees, but is a bad carbide set better than a good HSS set? Looking for a larger set. I would love any information you Jocks can provide. Grizzly has a carbide set I’m looking at, but out of 3 Amazon reviews, 2 are poor. Just looking for info. Thanks for anything you can provide!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 02:51 PM

I like the cutting action of my Colt bit. I’ve tried others but the economy
of it wasn’t worth the aggravation.

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 04:23 PM

The site seems to be having trouble with the search function. Go to and type: “forstner bit”

You’ll get a Google search listing for the lumberjocks site.

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 04:48 PM

What ever you do – DO NOT purchase Ryobi bits, as they splinter their way through the wood. :o(

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 04:57 PM

Jimbo4 , maybe I got Lucky but I bought a set of Ryobi bits from HD and they have worked just fine so far. Only about 20 or 30 holes from about half of them but no issues with splintering for me.

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 05:04 PM

I have had good luck with the porter cable brand forstner bits. They have a solid rim for a cleaner cut.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 03-25-2014 05:10 PM

ddock, thanks for that hint

Craig, I went thru that decision and after looking thru here and elsewhere the Porter Cable set is fairly well rated and doesn’t cost too much. Especially with a little patience you can catch it on sale on Amazon as PC is one of those brands that goes on sale every couple months.

I bought the PC set myself and so far it has always performed. It the only forstner bits I have every owned though so I can’t really compare them. I figure it is better to buy a decent starter set, and later buy more expensive replacements for the ones you use all the time. In my case I know that the first nice bit I will want to buy will be a 3/8. That seems to be the size I’m always grabbing, but I’m not going to do it til I have to.

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#7 posted 03-25-2014 05:46 PM

Thanks for all of the help! I really appreciate this. More important than sales tactics are the people using them.

waho609- I have some Colt Drill bits that are amazing! I’m a woodturner and am really impressed with their video showing them bury a bit using the lathe. My current bits would have bound up. Not sure I can swing them, but they appear to be an exceptional set.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#8 posted 03-25-2014 08:08 PM

I buy the Chinese ones and have had no problems .Also they are so cheap to buy. I could therefore either chuck them in the garbage can ,or better still sharpen them it aint difficult, I just don’t think that the colts of this world justify the price as they all get blunt.. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 03-26-2014 12:44 AM

Richard, I had originally bought the Ryobi bits – maybe I got the junk ones? Anyway, I returned them, went to Lowes and got the PC bits, been happy ever since.

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 01:07 AM

My first forstner bits were a cheap HSS set from Rockler, and the ones I use most dulled pretty quickly.

Replaced those with the Rockler carbide bits and have been using them for several years with no noticeable change in their cutting ability. I use 3/8, 1/2, 5/8 most, in all types of hardwood.

Buying the better quality bits in just selected sizes seems a good solution, at least for me.

-- Smitty

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