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    Hole Saw Recommendations?

    It's about time to abandon my 20 year old ACE Hardware, generic, hole saw kit. I was hoping some of you might have an opinion (or ten opinions!) about any products on the market that seem to work better than something I might pick up at Harbor Freight.

    The only requirement I have is that the pilot bit needs to able to be set such that it can be retracted within the saw such that it will not dill a pilot hole. (This is critical at times for making solid, thin discs on my drill press. Most brands seem to allow this (with a set screw) but apparently not all.

    Thanks for any thoughts!

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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by tarheelz View Post
    It's about time to abandon my 20 year old ACE Hardware, generic, hole saw kit. I was hoping some of you might have an opinion (or ten opinions!) about any products on the market that seem to work better than something I might pick up at Harbor Freight.

    The only requirement I have is that the pilot bit needs to able to be set such that it can be retracted within the saw such that it will not dill a pilot hole. (This is critical at times for making solid, thin discs on my drill press. Most brands seem to allow this (with a set screw) but apparently not all.

    Thanks for any thoughts!
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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

    I have new Freud's Diablo Snap Lock Hole Saw kit, and they worked well for me so far
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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

    You ought to know by now - I have the Bosch hole saws and they work well for me - with and without the pilot drill.
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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

    Lennox.

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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

    I have a Milwaukee set bought on Amazon Smile. Made in USA. Got the set in 2011 and still going strong.
    I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

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    Lennox.
    These are the best I have used.

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    I just go to Lowes and buy the size I need when I need it. Don't use them enough to purchase a whole set. YMMV.
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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

    Check out both Ebay and vendors at flea markets for quality hole saws. I have some Lennox, Starret, Craftsman, that I have picked up over the years. When I need a saw, it mainly a choice of which color: white, red, or black.

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    I usually use the round ones, they cut the best for me.
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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

    I use hole saws almost on a daily basis and have tried many brands: Lennox, Milwaukee, Greenlee, Harbor Freight. My favorite are the Lennox. They seem to last longer and be a better value for the money. Some of their arbors allow the pilot bit to go all the way through the arbor.

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    I use only 3 brands that have never failed me, lennox lennox lennox

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    Re: Hole Saw Recommendations?

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    I usually use the round ones, they cut the best for me.
    Dang. That's because you're a big spender. Not sure my budget can handle the upcharge for those fancy, round hole saws.

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