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Today I bought a set of 7 of the Harbor Freight forstener bits for $9.99. I used 2 of them tonight and am pleasantly surprised how clean they cut.
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I've got them too Chris. Used two or three myself, so far, and was very happy with them.
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I bought the 16pc set and the 29pc brad point bit set over 20yrs ago and still using them. a couple of the larger forstner bits wobble slightly, but are still usable (used mainly for birdhouse openings).
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That is surprising that they work more then one time. Don't buy any of their cheap clamps. They don't work.
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some of their clamps (the jorgenson knock-offs) are good. (left)

but the clamps with the squeeze mechanism (the irwin knock-offs) are bad. (right)
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some of their clamps (the jorgenson knock-offs) are good. (left)

but the clamps with the squeeze mechanism (the irwin knock-offs) are bad. (right)
The F-style is great. Even the adjustable aluminum bar clamps are okay.

But then again, this thread was started about the forstner bits. I don't know why other things were brought up.

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I own the Harbor freight 7-piece set and found them to be not quite as good as the equally low cost Colombian set I bought off Amazon. The Colombian's cut a little cleaner with less wobble on the larger diameters. Colombians came in a similar but some what nicer case.

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I own the Harbor freight 7-piece set and found them to be not quite as good as the equally low cost Colombian set I bought off Amazon. The Colombian's cut a little cleaner with less wobble on the larger diameters. Colombians came in a similar but some what nicer case.

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please post a link or search phrase for amazon to locate some examples of these columbian bits you are talking about.

i'd like to look into them because i could use a few other sizes

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Yea Chris, I have some of the ones on the left too, from HF. I find they work fine. They are my oldest calmps, and still work great. But my Irwins get used first and most.
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