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bbc557ci

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93 days ago

Anyone have a suggestion as to where to buy a decent set? They’d only see home work shop time so I’m thinking HSS would be just fine. Plus I think I can sharpen the HSS bits if/when needed…right?

I’ve checked internet suppliers and there are allot of brands and choices. Not sure whats what quality wise and not sure how much I need to spend. Suggestions would be helpful and appreciated :o)

Thanks !!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"


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Loren

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#1 posted 92 days ago

I have cheap ones and they are kind of lame but I don’t use
forstner bits to drill exposed holes for snack trays or whatever.

I mostly use them for countersinking applications for shop
jigs and for chair corner blocks.

Lee Valley is a fair supplier. The prices aren’t the lowest but
they are honest about the quality grade they are peddling.

Garrett Wade is honest about quality as well.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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lepelerin

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#2 posted 92 days ago

I got this set from busybee, works very well, almost as good as the one from LV for a fraction of the price.
I am a hobbyist, maybe they would not scale for production environment but for me they work fine.

http://www.busybeetools.com/products/FORSTNER-BIT-SET-16PCS.html

Why don’t you buy the one that you need and make your own set instead of buying the entire set at one.

I bought the entire set because it was on sale and the price was hard to beat.

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hairy

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#3 posted 92 days ago

I have these sets from Grizzly. Had them and used them 4 -5 years. I like them.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Forstner-Bit-16-pc-Set/D3573

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Forstner-Bit-15-pc-Set-1-16-Filler-Hex-Shank/D3077

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 92 days ago

I have a handful of the Freud HSS forstner’s, and they really work quite well.

-- I long for the days when Coke was a cola, and a joint was a bad place to be (Merle Haggard)

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bbc557ci

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#5 posted 92 days ago

I’ll try and stop by Home Depot over the next few days and see what they have. They sell Freud/Deablo saw blades so maybe they’d have Freud forstner bits on the shelf. If not, off to the internet I go….

Thanks for the input everyone!!

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 92 days ago

Bill, I bought the Porter Cable set at HD and have no complaints after 4 years.

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

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BurtC

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#7 posted 92 days ago

I have a set of the Rockler brand and have been very happy them. Not the highest quality but the price is great. Hobbyist use preferred.

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bbc557ci

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#8 posted 92 days ago

gfadvm – I pulled the trigger on a set of Freuds a while ago. I have a few Freud saw blades and router bits and have had good results with them, good quality for the money.

I realize I could have spent a little less and ended up with x2 the bits, but I feel comfortable with Freud brand. Biggest bit in the bunch is 1 inch but I can’t remember the last time I needed to bore a hole that big in a piece of wood. That said, I’m sure once they arrive I’ll have the need to drill a 2 inch hole in something!! :o/

Thanks again guys for the input.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000AV756/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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Loren

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#9 posted 92 days ago

I think also an issue that can come up is the bits getting too
hot if you drill a lot and losing their temper. HSS bits may
address that. That’s why carbide cutters are preferable
for drilling 35mm cup hinge holes. It’s just not a job where
the heat can be kept down.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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hoosier0311

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#10 posted 92 days ago

I have a set of Amanas I got at a flea market. I have had them for a couple of years and they work good for me.

-- I'm only deaf in one ear,,,,,I just can't hear out of the other one., Denny, Indiana implant, living in PA

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tsangell

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#11 posted 92 days ago

I have some Lee Valley HSS bits that I am happy with.

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