A few years ago, I bought a small Porter Cable Forstner drill bit set. I’ve been meaning to buy some Forstner drill bits, and was on a tight budget. This is the brand they had at the local big box store, so I have it a try.
Those bits served me quite well. I’ve been buying Freud bits to fill in the sizing gaps, and will likely buy a Freud set in the future. But in the meantime, the Porter Cable bits still serve me well.
I happened across a promo on a CMT Forstner drill bit set. I was thinking of posting about it, but it turned out to be a bust when I did a quick price comparison. I also saw an uncomfortable number of negative reviews that commented on the CMT set’s quality.
Then, I came across this Porter Cable 14pc Forstner drill bit set. My first thought was that this would have been a good starter set, if I had the budget for it back when I bought my 7pc set.
Do I think that these bits will be as good as a Frued set? No way. But for the money, Porter Cable bits seem to be okay.
This 14pc set is currently $48 at Amazon, and $55+ through other sellers. That comes down to $3.43 per bit, which is quite good. The individual Freud drill bits I ordered recently were priced at $8-13 each.
I’m not recommending this set, or saying it’s a high quality set. I merely wanted to shine a light on it, as the beginner or budget-friendly intermediate set I’d probably buy today. Reviews look to be mostly positive.
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