Colt Maxi-Cut Forstner vs. Porter-Cable bit

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Review by rweitz posted 12-20-2011 04:34 AM 6401 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Colt Maxi-Cut Forstner vs. Porter-Cable bit No-picture-s No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

The drill bits you see are 2” Porter Cable, and a 1 7/8” Colt Maxi Cut. I used the Porter cable last year and it worked OK, but the Colt was amazing. This might be an over the top review, but if you want to buy a great Forstner bit they can’t be beat. Cuts like butter through even some tough old oak branches with knots and all. The Porter cable did the job but took at least 10 times longer for the same result.

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 10:36 AM

Have to agree with you. Just bought a Colt from WC for doing about 30 european hinges and it was great. Cuts clean, fast and lasts a long time. What else could you want. Had another brand which didn’t cut as quickly and after about 8 hinges started to take longer to cut and needed more pressure. Don’t remember the brand but came from HD. I would have had to buy four of the other one.

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 04:06 PM

Holy expensive forstner bits. glad they do the job for you

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#3 posted 12-20-2011 07:26 PM

The bits from HD are Ryobi – junk! They don’t cut, they chew their way through the wood. Got my money back. Have Porter-Cable now. Will have to give Colt’s a check out. Thanks.

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 07:02 AM

Yeah, those Ryobi bits are junk! They need to be sharpened right out of the box, but won’t hold for more than a few holes. HD also sells Freud Diablos. They’re probably the ones gko had. Good bits but not the best, those would be the Colts. I only have two, but won’t buy any thing else from now on!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 11-08-2014 12:05 AM

bought set of colt forstner bits, thought they were supposed to be the best. drilled a couple of holes with
them, come to find out it was not drilling the full size that it was suppose to. this was drilling with the 1”
bit. put the mike on it and it measures 12 thousands under. measured other bits and they all measure
under, from 5 to 15 thousandths. this is not the quality i expected from these expensive bits.
now it’s hard to put a 1” mandrel into a hole thats under size.
oh yea, i measured a cheap set i had and the 1” bit measured right on. guess which bit i used?

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#6 posted 07-10-2015 03:58 AM

Hey Gang ..

So what are the best Forstner bits? If the Colts cannot be trusted to be accurately sized ?


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