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    Forstner bits...help

    Well I need some help and recommendations on a decent set of forstner bits. I just had cause to return my Lee Valley HSS bits cause they had an issue. They willingly offered to replace them and even brought out several sets to review but they were all made the same and i wasnt about to have to take a second set back.

    Now i am once bitten twice shy. I just want a good general purpose set can anyone vouch for any you use.

    Wish i had taken pictures of mine before returning them cause its worth knowing about how these so called HSS bits were made. Personally i think the guys out in the east are taking LV for a ride on this one. Guys at the store were supprised to see brass in the middle
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    One word "freud"
    Last edited by Don Baer; 10-15-2009 at 10:04 PM.
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    +1 Freud. I am bothered by the LV problem but have received the rare "you're kidding" quality of product from them as well. Return was no issue and mostly their stuff is great.

    I have other cheap sets that I use as beaters. A set of 16 from Rockler for $30; about what you would expect. An MLCS set that went dull pretty quick. I have a half dozen or so of specific sizes or Freuds purchased separately for specific tasks. These have been used for years with an occasional touch up on the most used bits with a file. They cost a few times as much but last many times longer. Cost vs. value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    One word "freud"
    Nothing but FREUD in my arsenal!
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    Forstner bits

    The 2010 Fine Woodworking Tool Guide rates the FAMAG brand forstner best overall and readers choice. I have no experience w/the Freud or FAMAG forstner bits just thought I throw this out.

    Jack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Lemley View Post
    The 2010 Fine Woodworking Tool Guide rates the FAMAG brand forstner best overall and readers choice. I have no experience w/the Freud or FAMAG forstner bits just thought I throw this out.

    Jack
    I think that's 2 in a row for Famag which is good. I may have to give one a try sometime. At $40-odd bucks for a 2" they aren't cheap but they are not out of site for a quality bit either. Street price on a Freud that size is about half of that but I'd still like to give the Famags a whirl.
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    I have both the Freud (a set in increments of eights), and a number of FAMAGs, in 16th between the eights. Both are equally good.

    I had some Lee Valley bits also and they were not good. I replaced them with the FAMAGs.

    Mike

    [I also have some cheap ones in very large sizes (above the Freud set) that I got from MCLS. I didn't pay a lot for them but I don't use them much so they're okay.]
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    I have a full set of Mag-Bits (1/4" up to 2-1/2"). I got these almost 20 years ago and they have been good performers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ... Personally i think the guys out in the east are taking LV for a ride on this one. Guys at the store were supprised to see brass in the middle
    Brass? Where?
    I've had a set of LVT Forstners for years, so I want to go check them to see if this is something new or not.
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    mike yu mentioned the frued set by 1/8ths from where to where in size.. and i have a small set of cmt that are good too. been wanting to increase the arsenal but have help off ,,now i am glad,, i will see what shakes out here first forum info is great!!!
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