Does anyone one have an opinion on Porter Cable Forstner bits.
I have a chance to pick up a 12 piece set for $30, which normally sells for
around $45. Appears only the 5/8" bit has ever been used and not very much.
They are High Carbon Steel
I'm a only DIYer and they wouldn't receive heavy use.
They are really good bits but I, like you, am a DIYer and buy the "TRUCK
LOAD SALE" Off name brand Forstner and drill bits (Cummins, whatever Harbor
Freight has). I stick to "Brand name" Router bits and such (Bosch) because
those tasks are quite a bit more crucial.
Depends on the hole. It's tough to make a blanket statement like
that. For instance, once I tried Lee Valley's brad point bits (the
ones they regrind from twist drills), I realized what I had been
missing when drilling in wood.
On the other hand, have you ever compared a Whiteside router bit to a
Bosch? It could be a shock. <G>
I'd grab them. As a DIYer you won't use them hard and having a selection of
sizes on hand is a good thing. The few sizes you use on a regular basis can
be replaced by good single bits as needed. Carbon steel can be sharpened
with a file too.
To sharpen some of the smaller bits, drag out the Dremel and get to
work on them with that using a white or pink fine stone cone shaped
bit.. With careful sharpening you can get those bits sharper than new
I have a set of Northern that I bought so I will have the index with
all the sizes I need for occasional holes. For the ones I use more
often, I bought about three different bits.
I have to say, outside of getting more dull a little faster, there
doesn't seem to be much performance in the Northern Tools and the
There's a roundup of Forstner bits on Fine Woodworking's web site,
which looks to be in the next issue of the magazine. Porter Cable is
listed there, and came out fine in the relative rankings; they were
not the best nor the "best value", but seemed a little bit better in
the quality than the Grizzly "best value" set that was $30 for a set
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