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

4.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Drill flat bottomed holes without splintering
  • Drill straight, angled and overlapping holes
  • Thick micrograin carbide tips
  • Right hand rotation
  • Covered by Freud's limited lifetime warranty

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

Technical Details

Part Number FC-002
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 6.6 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches
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Item model number FC-002
Style 3/8-Inch by 1/4-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit
Material Carbide
Item Package Quantity 1

Additional Information

ASIN B00004RK56
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4.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #440,511 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#334 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tool Parts & Accessories > Power Drill Parts & Accessories > Drill Bits > Forstner Drill Bits
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available July 5, 2000

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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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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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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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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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Style Name: 1-1/8-Inch by 3/8-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Verified Purchase
I have learned the hard way that if a precise hole with smooth edges is needed in wood a Forstner bit is a great way to do the job. Included in those early lessons is that tool steel Forstner-style bits aren't warth a darn. They quickly dull and tear raather than cut the wood and may catch in the work piece, a definite safety issue. I now buy only Freud carbide Forstner bits. The extra cost (compared to tool steel bits) is far outweighed by the increased accuracy, cut quality, and safety offered by carbit bits. With care one carbide bit will outlast many tool steel bits, making the initial higher price cheaper in the long run. Am I pleased with this purchase? Absolutely!
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Style Name: 1-Inch by 3/8-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Verified Purchase
Although the carbide cutting edges should last longer than steel, the smoothness of the cut was disappointing. The side walls were no where as smooth as ones made with steel bits. It could have been just this one bit - possibly ground wrong. I won't be buying more to find out.
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Style Name: 3/4-Inch by 3/8-Inch Shank Carbide Forstner Drill Bit Verified Purchase
I have two Freud Forstner bits both 3/4 inch. The carbide one is much slower than the high speed steel bit and leaves a slightly rougher edge. It also is not quite 3/4. My 3/4 bench dogs which are .740 will not fit in the hole of the carbide bit and will on the steel bit. The carbide may stay sharp much longer but if you only have 50 holes to drill go with the steel bit from Freud. it is much cheaper and I would rate that one 5 stars
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