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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16 Customer Reviews (4.6 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
I haven't used these yet quality looks good hope to get to work soon
I purchased this to fill a need that I had - various sized, flat-bottomed holes in wood. Now that I have it - and it arrived damaged as the bits were shaken all over the inside of the case during shipping - I will shortly be replacing certain sizes of these bits with something of a higher quality. Specifically the 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" are all of very low quality and do not maintain their sharpness beyond a few uses in hardwood (even when using quite slow drilling speeds of ~500 rpm). If this is to be used once or twice, you might get by, otherwise consider getting a better single bit or saving up for a better set.
Great value for the money! Used a couple of the larger bits to drill 3/8" deep holes in Ash. Beautiful thing!
These forstner bits are very sharp and leave clean rims.
This was purchased as a Christmas gift and I love it. High quality product!!!!!
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.
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.