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Hey guys, my neighbor is selling a 16 pc & 8 pc Forstner bit sets. I googled them and don't get anything about the quality of that brand. Anybody ever heard of this brand? He's asking $60 for all 24 pieces. Two sets (16 & 8), each in a nice box with dove tailed corners. Don't appear damaged, all have plastic blade guards that are very tight (? not removed much).

Also has this 3.5 HP Craftsman Routher ($50) and a 6ft Craftsman Turning Lath ($150).

I worry about parts availability. Any thoughts.
 

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That last picture is another Red Oak that I saw'd yesterday. The lady that is giving me the trees also has about an 8" and 22" diameter Cherry Tree that she says I can cut down if I want them. Planning on doing them today.
 

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Ok guys, since this is a garage sale event & another guy just bought the lath and is asking about the bit sets, I pulled the trigger and gave him $45 for both sets. Now that I'm looking at them a bit closer, I don't see any chuck marks on any of the bits except the 3/4". And it is barely noticeable.

A couple more pictures, and that is not rust on them. Looks like that sticky grease the factory puts on them.

Anyway, still curious if anybody has ever heard of this brands quality factor.
 

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Thanks Mike, I found that page also. I live right across the street, so I came home and did a quick google search. It's links back to E-Bay. I did tell him about it. He called his dad to ask about them. His dad said not to sell them for < $100, that they were very high quality bits.

Funny I can't find anything on the net about them other that a few online private sellers. Nothing on the company. I did find one set that the seller said was still in the factory packaging and even had the original sales receipt dated in 1958! My birth year!
 

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I think they will serve you just fine. I have a set from Harbor Freight. At some point, the 3/4 and the 7/8 and maybe one or two more just weren't cutting the mustard so I replaced them individually with Freud. Each time I would go to the local Woodcraft, I would pick up one or two.

Those big bits should come in handy.
 

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I think Carb tech is more popular down under than here. I have a few router bits and they seem okay. The box and writing appears Chinese. I bought a cheap Chinese set at a woodworking show and they aren't very sharp. I can use them in a drill press okay but handheld is hard to get them to cut. I have been able to sharpen them and improve the cutting action but that takes time. Maybe your's are better than that. The sets are still worth having because you have a lot of sizes at your disposal for a small price compared to what a full set of high quality ones like Lee Valley's would set you back.

There are some other advantages of having a cheap set too. I was drilling out some cup holes last week for euro style hinges and these ones seemed to have a deeper cup than normal and by the time I had the hole deep enough the pint was showing through the other side of a 5/8" thick door. I have an expensive carbide bit for the job that is 35mm and 1 3/8 is almost identical in size. So I took the 1 3/8 one out of my set and ground the point off. Doing it on the cheap one didn't hurt a bit but doing that on my expensive one would have.
 

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Hey guys, my neighbor is selling a 16 pc & 8 pc Forstner bit sets. I googled them and don't get anything about the quality of that brand. Anybody ever heard of this brand? He's asking $60 for all 24 pieces. Two sets (16 & 8), each in a nice box with dove tailed corners. Don't appear damaged, all have plastic blade guards that are very tight (? not removed much).

Some time ago I succumbed to the low price of these boxed sets of Chinese Forstner style bits and they were hopeless, several had to be sharpened before they would cut. I now have individually bought bits off Ebay, all but the BIG ones are Tungsten. Whilst they are still from China, I've never had a problem.
 

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Ok guys, since this is a garage sale event & another guy just bought the lath and is asking about the bit sets, I pulled the trigger and gave him $45 for both sets. Now that I'm looking at them a bit closer, I don't see any chuck marks on any of the bits except the 3/4". And it is barely noticeable.

A couple more pictures, and that is not rust on them. Looks like that sticky grease the factory puts on them.

Anyway, still curious if anybody has ever heard of this brands quality factor.
Quenten, look at it this way, if they are no good you really haven't lost that much. Surely you will get use out of some of them.
 

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Quenten, I think you'll get your money's worth out of them. I have two cheapie sets and have used them dozens of times and as Chuck said, you can replace the most often used ones (if necessary) with something better.
 

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Quenten, I think you'll get your money's worth out of them. I have two cheapie sets and have used them dozens of times and as Chuck said, you can replace the most often used ones (if necessary) with something better.

I bought a cheapy set to use occasionally in the drill press. I found that the shanks are out of round with the cutters. I found that if I rotate them around and chucked them up that when I found the spot that they were chucked up to grind the cutters,I marked a spot on the chuck and the shank of the bit with a sharpie to always reference the position for future set ups. It has worked well for me. I too bought a set of diamond files for sharpening the bits to touch up the cutters and they are working OK now.
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Thanks fellows, you guys always have great advice. If they don't cut right, there is a sharpening company that Freud recommends in Ocala, FL that does Forstner bits. I'll call them for an estimate...I can only imagine what that may cost! Even is it is only $5 to $10/bit, there are 24 bits! We sill see.
 

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I bought a cheapy set to use occasionally in the drill press. I found that the shanks are out of round with the cutters. I found that if I rotate them around and chucked them up that when I found the spot that they were chucked up to grind the cutters,I marked a spot on the chuck and the shank of the bit with a sharpie to always reference the position for future set ups. It has worked well for me. I too bought a set of diamond files for sharpening the bits to touch up the cutters and they are working OK now.
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Harbor Freight has a set of 12 different shape small files that are actually decent files and those will sharpen them too but take a little longer. My brother bought them for me but I think they are only about $4 a set. Diamond files are faster. But I also use a Dremel type tool with a diamond grinding wheel to sharpen them with and that's even easier and faster but you have to be a bit more careful. But that's true about any power tool compared to the hand tool that it replaces.
 

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I popped some years ago for a 16 bit set from Rockler. HSS, and work like a champ. Bought diamond sharpening sticks in several grits, but do occasional touch ups rather than allowing them to get dull. Really nice to have them for the drill press, but I'm not able to hold them steady enough to use freehand. Anyone have any suggestions for some kind of plunge type device to steady the drill in hand held situations?
 

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I popped some years ago for a 16 bit set from Rockler. HSS, and work like a champ. Bought diamond sharpening sticks in several grits, but do occasional touch ups rather than allowing them to get dull. Really nice to have them for the drill press, but I'm not able to hold them steady enough to use freehand. Anyone have any suggestions for some kind of plunge type device to steady the drill in hand held situations?
I was talking to Stick about throwing together a jig for using Forstner's. I'll do it sometime today and post the results.
 
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Got curious, so started googling. Found this. Simple, and looks like it would work.
 

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If you remember the plumbers years ago used the Greenly bits on a Milwaukee right angle drill motor to drill all the holes for the pipes to go thru the studs.
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Dunno how it would work, not tried it, but did just read that using a brace with Forstner bits is quite successful.
 

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