All presented issues
Posted February 16, 2014
Used most of the bits and all presented issues. They dull fast and become difficult to use afterward as they get super hot.
I've always bought just what I...
Posted December 23, 2011
I've always bought just what I needed, but I saw a chance to get a set, so I bought this 7 pc set. Although I didn't know what to expect, I have to say I'm slightly disappointed. I've only used the 3/8" bit, I found it not very sharp. From the very first hole, I felt, I needed to apply way too much force. The holes come out nice and smooth, with no rough edges, but these won't last long before they need sharpening. I don't know if they can eve be re sharpened. I think I'll return them on my next visit , and maybe just buy the 3/8" & 1/2".
For the money these bits are...
Posted December 19, 2011
For the money these bits are a good deal, especially on sale. They don't measure up to carbide bits but for the occasional user they should be fine. They don't come razor sharp so having the ability to file them sharper would be a plus. I've used them on poplar, birch, and oak without issues...good clean holes with clean sides and bottoms. They come packaged in a durable plastic case for dust free storage. The one confusing part is each bit is stamped with it's max RPM rating. The bits are stamped from 620 RPM to 870 RPM depending on the bit size...which makes sense for Forstner bits. However, the inside lid of the custom storage box has a label stating various RPM's recommended for different bit sizes...the problem is the label offers RPM's up to 2000! Why would package bits clearly meant for low RPM's have a label suggesting 2000 RPM's? The novice woodworker would burn up their bits in a hurry using high RPM's. Forstner bits are best used at the lowest RPM possible to achieve good results. That's my only issue with this set.
Couple of points first - I...
Posted August 25, 2011
Couple of points first - I am not a terribly experienced woodworker and Forstner bits are definitely new to me. I do have a Freud 1-3/4" Forstner bit as a 'standard of comparison. I purchased this set on sale because I wanted to have an assortment of smaller bits for use as needed. These seem to be decent bits but I only gave them 3 stars since I had to leave room in the rating for really good bits. When I got the set, I took each one out, looked it over carefully and then bored a series of test holes using a 3/8" variable speed drill in pine and fir plywood and compared the results with the Freud. My general observations: they are nice and shiny but the cutting edges are not totally sharp visually they have flat spots and have a bit of a burr. They seemed to cut ok and the chips cleared out ok but I had to press pretty hard after 4 or 5 partial holes the bits felt very hot to painful level. The bits ran true with no wobble that I could see. Overlapped holes looked good. From my observations, this is a pretty good inexpensive set. You should certainly watch the bit temperature and you should definitely buy a sharpening kit as you are going to want to sharpen them.
For the price, it's a good...
Posted February 4, 2011
For the price, it's a good steel Forstner bit starter set. The set arrived with sharp cutting edges. Be careful not to cut too fast to keep the edges from losing their temper.