Hi I bought these, made by Oldham Co. in China. Oldham has been around a
long while as a U. S. Company since 1857, currently within the Pentair
16 peice set of HSS* bits, here the set was the least expensive of anywhere:
Bits, the page I ordered from:
The shipping cost was exact ($8.xx) and not even nearly a rip-off.
My reasoning is, as less costly and made in China, the production is quality
contolled and they are fully guaranteed. Therefore "sure" for the plastic
case they come in... especially at that price!
... hope this helps,
Depends on what is a good value for you. I bought a cheap set (about $10)
from Woodcraft. They come in a wood box and sizes range from 1/4" to 1".
I've had them maybe 18 months and the 3/8" and 3/4" are now in need of
replacement. I'll buy a higher quality bit for those two sizses as they are
the ones I used the most. The others have had very little use so the cheap
ones will last me for a long time. I'd say for my needs, it is a good
value. I don't mind having a $2 bit sitting around "just in case" but
I'll not buy the lesser used sizes for $20 each. I will for the oft used
3/8" though. And I still have the wood storeage box
I bought a bargain set of forstner and brad point bits
about a year ago (from the now defunct WW Warehouse).
They seemed to be a great buy at something like $25 per
set. They are awful. The main problem is that they
seem to be inaccurate (hole sizes are off) because the
shanks are not perfectly straight and wobble very slightly.
Anyway, be frugal and buy a more expensive set the first time.
(I'm still trying to follow this rule for years now, but it's
hard to pass up a bargain in the tool store!)
Start simply. Repeat to yourself, until you're a week past sick of hearing of
it, that a purchase is NOT a bargain just because it is cheap.
'S why I mentioned the Freud Forstner bits. They are not cheap, but they are a
"Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen." Ambrose Bierce, The
I bought a bargain set on Ebay a couple years ago and could *see* the
runout when the bits were mounted in the drill press and spinning. Oh
well. I just use them for noncritical applications and buy/use better
quality single bits for stuff like mortising.
About 15 years ago I bought a set of about 20 from Trendlines. No-Name
brand. I paid about $40.
I figured that I would get what I paid for. Oddly these were manufactured
in Germany and I have probably drilled 600-700 holes with the 1-3/8" bit
alone. It still cuts quite well.
My advise is to buy from someone like Woodcraft if you buy an off brand bit.
Woodcraft will stand behind their products for 1 year.
Thanks for the link, not able to find that exact site by searching. But this site
is how to read it in english, use german-to-english with the url entered into:
http://babelfish.altavista.com/ However you will notice, when you click on
the link you gave, in your browser's address field, it becomes the following:
http://www.stubai.com/standard/standardframe.htm once the page is landed,
the other won't work in the AV tranlator.
Thanks again to all who responded. I think I will check with my local
lumberyard as they carry both Freud and CMT. I have had great luck
with a Freud set of brad points bought there years ago.
While checking out Lee Valley site I came across some bits patterned
after the old Stanley powerbore bits. I'm missing a couple of sizes in
my set and am elated I have a source to replace them
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