Steelex H5677 - Forstner Bit 16 pc. Set
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Hex shanks on larger bits prevent slippage, shank scarring, and wobble caused by poor chucking.
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2 Customer Reviews (3.5 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
While these are obviously not super-nice bits they get the job done. For someone building a shop (like me) this was a good starter set. The steel doesn't seem to be of great quality as they've corroded a bit and don't stay sharp for a long time. But they do sharpen up easily enough with a flat diamond paddle.
They ship with a sticky anti-corrosion coating on them so I'd recommend cleaning them off when you get them.
I bought a few Chinese-made bits (CMT, Porter-Cable, Irwin) recently to complete a woodworking project. They ranged in price from $10 - $20 each and had to be deburred and sharpened before use. I wasn't happy about the extra work, but I lived with it because the only alternative were the expensive bits from Germany or Austria. This Steelex set is a bargain at $42 for 16 bits and the quality is as good as any other Chinese-made bit I tried. The wooden box is very nice. Yes, I did have to spend a little time with some files tuning each bit and honing the cutting edge. However, a $400 European set was not in my tool budget.