|Forum topic by MonsterWoodworker||posted 11-24-2014 01:54 PM||2145 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
11-24-2014 01:54 PM
Well, I have finally taken the plunge and signed up for Lumberjocks and this is my first Forum Topic post ! I have been a woodworker for for 20+ years and have utilized Lumberjocks through the years to get tons of information and answers to all my woodworking questions, read down-to-earth product reviews and have gotten great inspiration from all the pics and blog entries on projects and jigs.
However, I have scoured the web and I am at a loss to which Forstner Bit Set to purchase. Like many of you I started with a basic 7 Piece Porter Cable Forstner Bit Set from HD but have recently found a need for different sizes not included in this set as my skill level and project difficulty expand. I have narrowed my choice down to buy from Grizzly either the hex shank “H7694 Master Forstner Bit 31 PC. Set” ($90.95 +shipping) or the “D3573 Steelex Forstner Bit 16 PC. Set” ($39.95+shipping). I have read all the publication and web reviews and these essentially are the same bits (short of the 31 piece set having the 1/16” filler sizes) and the quality/value of these will fit the bill.
So, what’s the issue? I am somewhat of a simpleton/minimalist (it’s not the $50 difference) and do not want to purchase the 31 piece set if the 16 piece set will work just fine. If I do not NEED the 31 piece set I would rather stretch my $50 and actually buy more wood! I would love to hear from people who own both the 16 piece set and the 31 piece set (...or originally purchased a 16 piece set and later picked up a “filler” set like the Grizzly “H5862 15 PC. Carbide Forstner Bit Filler Set”). Do you feel the 16 piece set is lacking? Is the 31 piece set overkill? Do you find the 31 piece set bit options to be a real project-saver? Is the 16 piece set more then enough? I appreciate and look forward to all your opinions and insight.