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Offline donwon

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Hole saws- which one is the best
« on: December 29, 2014, 09:41 PM »
Looking for a set of hole saws and wondering what people recommend. Has to be a good set that will last and stay sharp.

Thanks!

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Offline handymanny213

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2014, 10:04 PM »
Have few different sets but these have lasted quite long...

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Offline neilc

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2014, 10:04 PM »
I have a Milwaukee set but have been replacing the blades with Lenox blades when they wear out and like them a lot.  Amazon stocks both.

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2014, 10:47 PM »
I think I have tried all of them. I like either Milwaukee or Lenox the best. Most recently I have settled on Lenox...
« Last Edit: December 30, 2014, 05:07 AM by wow »
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Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2014, 10:55 PM »
Looking for a set of hole saws and wondering what people recommend. Has to be a good set that will last and stay sharp.

Thanks!

Starrett

Offline jaymon5

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2014, 11:08 PM »
starrett & lenox

Offline Linbro

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2014, 12:51 AM »
For timber/sheet materials I use 'Tornado' - http://www.tornadodrilling.com/product.php?pId=26

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2014, 02:54 AM »
Linbro, where do you get these from in Melbourne? 
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Offline rajuliano

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2014, 03:55 AM »
I have the Lenox 13-piece set from Lowes. Pretty happy with it.

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2014, 04:56 AM »
Hey Untidy Shop, - Nikpol and Lincoln Sentry have them. 'tradiesonline' also have them, on ebay. If you have a specialty joinery/cabinet hardware supplier nearby they should be able to help.

Offline DB10

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2014, 05:46 AM »
I've been using Bahco and also Sutton.  No complaints with either but the Bahco are the better set in my opinion.

Offline Tom Gensmer

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2014, 11:18 AM »
Looking for a set of hole saws and wondering what people recommend. Has to be a good set that will last and stay sharp.

Thanks!

What application will these hole saws be used for?

For drilling in rough lumber (think: electrical and plumbing), you simply can't beat the 1- and 3- toothed, carbide tipped hole saws. I have a 4 5/16" Leonx 1-tooth hole saw that I regularly use for running 4" ducting. Most important for me is that it tends to not bind as badly as traditional hole saws, very important when you get into these larger sizes. Note that these saws tend to leave a rougher cut, sacrificing tear-out for speed and safety. I believe that Lenox, Milwaukee, and maybe Bosch make these low-tooth count, carbide tipped saws.

For more precision work, almost any brand bi-metal blade should hold up reasonably well. When my hole saws get dull I just take them to my local contractor supply supply and send them out for sharpening. Certainly not inexpensive, but it's cheaper than constantly buying new hole saws.

There are also high tooth count, carbide tipped hole saws, but I do not yet have experience with these.

There are also specialized hole saws for sheet metal, again from Lenox.

Knowing your applications and materials will help guide your purchase. Hope this helps!  [smile]
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Offline VW MICK

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2014, 11:34 AM »
Have actually always used starett they are good .but have recently found the Bosch ones to be better for wood .

Offline neeleman

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2014, 01:06 PM »
I use a set of Pro-Fit Multi-Purpose hole saws. The best I ever used. And by the way it's a Dutch product.
The famous brand Famag also sells them under their own name and that says enough of the quality.
They use a special connector to the saw, which can easily detach the plug from the cylinder.
The saws have one or more Widia teeth which last forever. I once did around 400 holes in 18 mm MDF and the saw is still going strong=sharp.

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Offline Grasshopper

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2014, 05:15 PM »
I'm pretty happy with my Lenox hole saws.

I've found that if I cut through the hidden side until the arbor come through the finish side. I then line the arbor up on the other side and cut running the saw in reverse.

Doing this eliminated any tear out and gave a perfect hole.
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Offline rst

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2014, 05:45 PM »
I am a professional locksmith (and glazier, automatic door tech and plastics fabricator)... we use Milwaukee's Ice carbide holesaws.  I have tried Lenox and Bosch but the Milwaukee's last best for me.

Offline galwaydude18

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2014, 06:02 PM »
I use the bosch multi construction holesaws. They are the best I have ever used.

Offline justinh

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2014, 06:07 PM »
Lenox carbide tipped.  High tooth count not the 3 tooth.  Long lasting and sharpenable.


Offline T. Ernsberger

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2014, 11:53 PM »
I have bosch system and its awesome.   It has a quick disconnect that pops the hole saw on and off, very similar to the centrotec system.

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2020, 12:06 PM »
Reviving this topic. I am looking for a large set. Something on the order of the Milwaukee 28 pc or the Lenox 21 pc.  Cutting mostly solid and sheet goods.

I would prefer carbide ( I have one Lenox high tooth count carbide). But can't find any large sets and building one up of individuals becomes costly. I am not going to be cutting a lot of holes so how well do the Bi-Metal hold up? I have a couple that seem to fine after a few holes each. But how about on metal should it ever come up?

I have never used the one to three tooth saws. I think I will want cleaner cuts.  One thing about them is that @Tom Gensmer  said they bind less. It looks to me that that single or triple large tooth would catch / bind more than a higher tooth count?

Looking for input on the current brands / selections.


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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2020, 01:31 PM »
I have and use the Milwaukee 28 pc set.  I am more than pleased with performance and I drill wood, plastic and metal from 18ga doors to 1/2" aluminum.  My gripe with hole saws is that there used to be pilot drills that only were ground for about 1/2" so that once you were through surface material the pilot would not run off and widen the pilot hole and allowing the hole saw to wander.  Craftsman and Milwaukee both had these.  I'm assuming some bean counting accountant that never drilled anything in their life decided that specialty drills like these were not optimal for the bottom line.
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Offline TwelvebyTwenty

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2020, 01:34 PM »
Reviving this topic. I am looking for a large set. Something on the order of the Milwaukee 28 pc or the Lenox 21 pc.  Cutting mostly solid and sheet goods.

I would prefer carbide ( I have one Lenox high tooth count carbide). But can't find any large sets and building one up of individuals becomes costly. I am not going to be cutting a lot of holes so how well do the Bi-Metal hold up? I have a couple that seem to fine after a few holes each. But how about on metal should it ever come up?

I have never used the one to three tooth saws. I think I will want cleaner cuts.  One thing about them is that @Tom Gensmer  said they bind less. It looks to me that that single or triple large tooth would catch / bind more than a higher tooth count?

Looking for input on the current brands / selections.


Seth

I favour Bosch in the UK - not sure how readily available they would be in your market - but they take a beating and keep on cutting.

Offline Maestronus

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #23 on: July 02, 2020, 01:55 PM »
Bosch indeed has super durable carbide hole saw sets of 8 or 13 pieces. Marketing name is ‘Endurance for heavy duty’. Availability in US might not be great as usual.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-Professional-2608594186-Universal-13-Piece/dp/B07H2D12QW/
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Offline Peter_C

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« Reply #24 on: July 02, 2020, 02:57 PM »
Not a big fan of Milwaukee bits and blades as they kinda suck, but last year I needed so many new parts it was cheaper to just buy another complete set for $129 while it was on sale at HD, see below. Lennox are better quality for cutting metal, but you can get the kit, pre-drill with a cobalt bit in metal, then switch to the hole saw setup to save the weaker Milwaukee center bit wear and tear. Replace bits with better quality as they wear out. I buy 1 3/4" bits often as they are used for fish mouthing DOM tubing, and get at least 6+ cuts, in a jig mounted to the drill press, so I don't use the center bit, but do use a lot of oil.
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Offline Alex

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« Reply #25 on: July 02, 2020, 03:00 PM »
For everything drilling or cutting I always go for Bosch consumables. Drills, bits, hole saws, jigsaw blades, sawsall blades, Bosch never lets me down.

Offline AstroKeith

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #26 on: July 02, 2020, 03:21 PM »
Another vote for Bosch! I had a few odd Bosch hole saws but last year bought a set as it was on offer. They are the bimetal kind on a really effective quick change auger (powerchange). They have stayed sharp despite some hard use. Clean holes.They are labelled as 'progressor' as they have a progressive tooth design, whatever that is. Supposed to be good at chip removal. However this is their one weakness - in most hardwoods they do clog and bind if you are not careful. I've developed a technique to cope which is easy on a drill press but not so easy handheld.
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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #27 on: July 02, 2020, 04:21 PM »
Don’t get these thin shell Spider carbide hole saws.

The shell is too thin. When the tooth hits a knot the shell distorts(bends even) and the saw becomes oval. The it either creates too much friction or cuts a larger than specified hole.

They do cut extremely fast, until they deform.

Offline Cheese

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« Reply #28 on: July 02, 2020, 04:38 PM »
I have a collection of Milwaukee hole saws that go from 5/8" to 6" and span at least 20+ years. Besides wood I use them on aluminum, copper, plastic & rubber. The only issue I've had is getting the wooden plug out of the hole saw.




Here's one that's been used so much that all of the paint is worn away, but it's still sharp.


Offline Frank-Jan

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Re: Hole saws- which one is the best
« Reply #29 on: July 02, 2020, 04:44 PM »
I use both the profit holesaws as the bosch bimetal holesaws depending on the material. When I got a few of the bosch quickchange holesaws I ordered a bunch of the adapters to make the standard holesaws I already had work with the quickchange chuck, and then I even made a systainer-insert for my holesaws (just drilling holes the size of the adapter made that easier.

The pro-fit saws work great on mdf, (on wood aswell, much less strain on the drill, but they leave a slightly more ragety edge) the bimetal saws teeth fill up fast, and I need to clean the teeth a lot to prevent burning otherwise.
I also tried the pro-fit saws on brick, and with the right centre-drill it works very well (better than I expected)