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Recommendations for high-quality drill bits

by groland
posted 02-02-2017 09:01 PM


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Madmark2

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 09:08 PM

Grizzly.com handles roman carbide forstner bits. Not bad quality for the price.
They also have brad point drills & sets.

Rockler is expensive for tools.

M

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Underdog

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#2 posted 02-02-2017 09:09 PM

Colt-Riss seems to have a good reputation for Forstner Bits.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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groland

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#3 posted 02-03-2017 04:36 PM

Thanks Madmark2 and Underdog for these suggestions. I have learned one painful, expensive lesson—check the return policies of sellers of tools and, when you buy drill bit sets, drill a hole with every single bit in the set and make sure they are all satisfactory within the return period. Return them within that time if they are as bad as the Rockler tools.
Best,

George

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 02-03-2017 04:51 PM

Highly recommend these from LV. I’ve had a set for about 7 years now that have seen a lot of use and still cut cleanly, no wobble, and hold up well. For Forstner Bits I’ve had a set of Freud carbide for almost 20 years, been sharpened twice. Love them, but at today’s prices maybe a HSS set makes more sense. I’ve got a few of those (Freud HSS) and they are nice. Thhe HSS bits cut a lot more cleanly than the carbide….but the carbide last a very, very long time.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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JollyGreen67

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#5 posted 02-03-2017 05:06 PM

Fred + 100 !

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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them700project

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#6 posted 02-03-2017 06:46 PM

Look towards FAMAG for forstners from what i hear but be ready to spend they come in a few lines
Quality 1” $22
Premium 1” $35
Super Premium 1” $76

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Ripper70

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#7 posted 02-03-2017 06:52 PM

I’ve always been happy with the cut and quality of Freud Forstner Bits. You can buy them off the rack at HD and sometimes find good deals on Amazon or eBay.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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9x9

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#8 posted 02-03-2017 07:39 PM

Colt——-> for brad & forstner bits——- had Freud for many years and had no problems with em, just decided to upgrade to Colt about 4 years ago. Gave old Freud set to son. Next upgrade to FAMAG? ? ? ? not in this lifetime.

-- Youngsville, LA

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Woodknack

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#9 posted 02-03-2017 08:04 PM

I’m still using some Black and Decker brad points I bought 10-15 years ago so I can’t help there. If I were looking for a modestly priced set today, I would look at Dewalt or Irwin first, never had any trouble with bits from either company.

On Forstners, I had some vintage forstner bits that cut like razors but clogged really fast so I sold them and bought the Porter Cable set and they are somewhat disappointing. I like having a lot of sizes but they are not very sharp. They cut cleanly enough but slowly. But if you are on a budget they do the job.

edit; here are some companies that make good twist bits, don’t know if they make brads or forstners.
Century Drill
Chicago Latrobe
DrillCo
Morse
Tru-Cut
Triumph Twist Drill

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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OggieOglethorpe

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#10 posted 02-03-2017 08:06 PM

Another thumbs up for the brad points recommended in Fred’s post. Fantastic bits!

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