Basic set of Forstner bits from Rockler for $20

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Forum topic by CB_Cohick posted 02-26-2015 08:05 PM 893 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2015 08:05 PM

I was looking for a 1” Forstner bit on the Rockler site, and ran across this sale item. $20 for 7 bits seemed like a good deal to me so I have pulled the trigger. Anybody else needing to start a collection might have some interest as well.

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#1 posted 04-05-2018 02:34 PM

Anyone have any thoughts on these?

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#2 posted 04-05-2018 03:00 PM

I have the 1/16” bit set. I wouldn’t go right to “great”.

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#3 posted 04-05-2018 03:50 PM

While I don’t have the set from Rockler, I’ve used a fair amount of forstner bits (some pricey and some cheap) and one of the biggest things to being happy is technique.

Cheap or expensive, if you just press down hard on them and cut until they are smoking hot then you’re going to get poor life span. Taking care to use the right speed, pressure, letting the chips clear, don’t overheat it, etc and you’ll probably get reasonable results even with the less expensive bits. The main difference being how long they last before they start to get dull.

So if you are an occasional user and are careful with your technique the 7 for $20 set will probably be fine. A more expensive bit may let you be a little sloppier with the technique, but you’ll still burn the bit up.


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