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Freud FC-002 3/8-Inch by 1/4-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit

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Style: 3/8-Inch by 1/4-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit

Product Description

Freud's Carbide Forstner Bits drill clean holes in wood and most wood products. The micrograin carbide tips stay sharp many times longer than standard high speed steel and the sharp center spur accurately locates the center of your hole. Use for drilling flat bottom holes, pocket holes or overlapping holes.

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Freud's Carbide Forstner Bits drill clean holes in wood and most wood products. The micrograin carbide tips stay sharp many times longer than standard high speed steel and the sharp center spur accurately locates the center of your hole. Use for drilling flat bottom holes, pocket holes or overlapping holes.

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Style Name: 3/8-Inch by 1/4-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit
Technical Details
Part Number FC-002
Item Weight0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions6.6 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches
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Item model numberFC-002
Style3/8-Inch by 1/4-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit
MaterialCarbide
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00004RK56
Best Sellers Rank #335,641 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
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Date First AvailableJuly 5, 2000
  
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bogush on January 12, 2000
Style Name: 7-Piece Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Set
This set is worth the money for anyone serious about woodworking. These bits offer the most controlled cutting available when used with a drill press. Especially usefull for cutting shallow or flat bottom mortises, partial circles laid over the edge of your stock, and holes drilled at an angle to the surface. The carbide edges offer much longer life between sharpenings. Also the 1 3/8" size is perfect for european cup hinges.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By KRASSEL on December 19, 2004
Style Name: 7-Piece Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Set
I love Freud cutters and saw blades. They are usually ready to go out of the box. I have a set of Freud HSS Forstner bits, and they are very good. I recieved this set as a gift and even though I already have these size's I was pretty excited to get a set of carbide bits. I work with a lot of hardwoods and you have to be careful about the pressure you use with HSS bits, so you don't burn your workpiece or overheat your bit.

I chucked up the 3/8 bit to bore some holes for decorative plugs and noticed that the bit was not cutting a very clean hole, seemed like I had to apply too much pressure also. I pulled it out of the drill press and upon examining the cutting edge, I noticed it did not have that bright, shiney edge you normally associate with a sharp tool. I examined the rest of the bits and they looked the same. So I carried them down to the local saw shop where I get all my blades and cutters sharpened and ask them to take a look at the bits. Their opinion was that the bits were very dull, looked like the last two steps in sharpening them had been overlooked. So $30 and an hour later I was on my way home with sharp bits. Put the 3/8 back in the drill press and tried again. This time the results were what I had hoped for.The bit cut thru the Padauk very nicely and left a nice clean hole. I cut another 19 holes and each was excellent. Cutting the last hole was as easy as cutting the first. I have noticed no wobble in any of the bits and other than the sharpening problem have had no trouble with this set. I do think my HSS set does a little better job in soft wood and plywood, but it is a close call. Wish I could afford some larger ones in carbide...3"-31/2" would be nice for clock making.

These are the first Freud cutter's I have had that were'nt sharp out of the box, so I won't let it influence my love of Freud blades and cutters in the future. I rated it 4 stars because of the sharpening problem. Still recommend Freud blades and cutters.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By rdagger on April 21, 2004
Style Name: 7-Piece Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Set Verified Purchase
I have been using the bits for several months. I have had very good results working with soft woods on my small drill press. The bits are very straight compared to the junky Irwin bits I got at Home Depot. The carbide bits are very sharp and cut a very true hole. The only problem I have with this set is that it is missing several handy sizes such as 7/8", 1-1/8" & 1-1/4". I tried to purchase the Freud 1-1/4" carbide bit on Amazon, but they appear to no longer stock them. Instead I went with the 1-1/4" Freud steel forstner bit. The steel bit seems to work just as well as the carbide bits. If I had to choose between the Freud carbide set and the Freud steel set, I would probably go with the steel, because it has 9 more bits. Buying forstner bits individually can get very expensive.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2004
Style Name: 7-Piece Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Set Verified Purchase
This is my second experience with Freud cutting tools. The first was their 8 inch super dado set. It had to be exchanged due to
several chips in the carbide cutting edges. The replacement has performed adequately. This forstner bit set produced disappointing results for the money. The surface of the workpiece had burrs where the bit first made contact and the interior of the hole showed a torn surface on the end grain side as opposed to a smooth cut. Overall the quality of the grinding on the carbide cutting tips and the body of the bit was uneven and poorly finished. My twenty year old hand sharpened steel bits produced better results. For the money I expected more and returned these bits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Malyszko on January 1, 2008
Style Name: 1-1/4-Inch by 3/8-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Verified Purchase
I have a number of Freud Router Bits and was in need of a new 1-1/4" forster bit, so I decided to give Freud's Carbide Forstner Bit a try since I've always been pleased with their router bits.

The cut was extremely clean and left absolutely no burning on Cherry, Walnut and Maple. I used it both in my drill press and in my Dewalt 18V Hammer Drill and both made clean cuts.

As the need arises, I will be replacing all my Forstner Bits with equivalent Freud Carbide Forstner Bits.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Remodeling in SoCal on February 15, 2008
Style Name: 1-3/8-Inch by 3/8-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit
A review that is critical about issues all are related to all Forstner bits. They should be used with a drill guide or drill press NOT free hand because they will not stay centered and the depth is set with a stop on the drill press not the height of the of the bit's side wall. Being critical about these things has nothing to do with this quality bit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2007
Style Name: 3/4-Inch by 3/8-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Verified Purchase
While this bit is very sharp and I expect it to stay sharp. It is extremely aggressive when cutting through the backside of hardwood plywood with much tearout even with a backing scrap. It is also near impossible to cut a partial hole which is why I use a Forstner Bit in the first place. If you need to just drill holes its fine, if you need accuracy and a clean exit hole go back to a steel bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BOM on July 9, 2012
Style Name: 1-Inch by 3/8-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Verified Purchase
I make bed frames, production-style, for a living. I drill lots of 1 inch diameter holes to countersink the bolt heads that hold the rails on so I figured that it would make sense to get a carbide Forstner bit since it would last practically forever compared to the regular steel bit I use.

I used this bit once and then put it away because it left a terrible, jagged edge on the hole and seemed to tear, rather than cut the wood fibers. I'm giving it two stars because the wood I use is fir which is quite prone to having long fibers tear all over the place so it's likely that this bit works great with hardwoods and the like, but really, my regular steel Forstner bit cuts a MUCH cleaner hole than this fancy-pants carbide door stop. Your mileage may vary.
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