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04-27-2014 04:03 PM

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 where near the "big apple"

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#1 posted 04-27-2014 04:57 PM

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.

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#2 posted 04-27-2014 05:01 PM

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.

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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#3 posted 04-27-2014 05:13 PM

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

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#4 posted 04-27-2014 05:50 PM

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

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

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#5 posted 04-27-2014 06:22 PM

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 where near the "big apple"

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#6 posted 04-28-2014 12:42 AM

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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#7 posted 04-28-2014 12:52 AM

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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#8 posted 04-28-2014 01:00 AM

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.

-- Bill, central where near the "big apple"

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#9 posted 04-28-2014 01:03 AM

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.

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#10 posted 04-28-2014 01:28 AM

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.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#11 posted 04-28-2014 01:31 AM

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

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