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Old 01-20-2008, 01:35 AM
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Which Hole Saw is The Best??

I am looking for some good hole saws I have been using some from Lowes made by Lenox I believe, but they just dont hold up like I think they should. Has anyone out there found anything thats very good?
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Old 01-20-2008, 09:00 AM
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I bought a morse Bi metal the kind with the shank built in at Grainger and I was really suprised it held up so well. I also believe it has a lot to do with how you use it. I find if you bind it up and it throws a tooth then they go down hill quick.

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Old 01-20-2008, 10:57 AM
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I have found that with hole saws speed kills.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:31 PM
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Old 01-20-2008, 04:22 PM
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I have a lenox 1.5" hole saw I have been using for just over a year. Works great. I average 4-5 1.5" roll cages a year. I use a Milwaukee Magnum drill on my notcher and pull the trigger and use little force to cut. No coolant and it lives.

I also have a few from Morse and from other companies. When I do a lot of 4130 cutting I will use a Lenox carbide or a Morse carbide tipped hole saw. I have a few in my drawer that are over 5 years old.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:12 PM
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i just ordered a 15 piece Morse kit from TrickTools. I will give a review as soon as i get a few holes pushed thru with a few of them...
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:15 PM
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i just ordered a 15 piece Morse kit from TrickTools. I will give a review as soon as i get a few holes pushed thru with a few of them...
I thought about buying that set from them but I havent heard either way from anyone if they were any good, let us know how they are.
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Old 01-22-2008, 11:48 PM
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Lenox bi metal blades by far are a great saw. I've used the individual Morse saws from Trick Tools and they by far were the worst saw. Also used Starrett and Dewalt saws. The Dewalt saw was the fastest cut but didn't have as good of a life as a Lenox. The only reason I didn't use Starrett is because they don't have as deep of a cut as the Lenox or Dewalt so on a 1.75" tube you'd have to stop and break the top half of the scrap chunk off, if it didn't just fall out on it's own.

The biggest thing I found was make sure to use a bimetal blade and look at the top of the saw. Any saw that has a sheet metal top cap (where the arbor threads on) will twist the cap making it spin off axis. This is the beginning of a quick end to it's life. The Morse saws I used from Trick Tools were constructed this way. If you look at a quality saw (I'm sure a quality Morse saw too) it will have a piece of 1/4" or thicker plate steel as it's cap. A saw with the thicker cap will last you a TON longer.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:29 AM
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I use Lenox and Fastenal bi-metal....I believe Lenox makes the Fastenal ones.
I've been happy with the life of them....of course I use coolant on them too. They both have the thicker top as traxman25 mentioned.
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:29 AM
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I use Lenox and Fastenal bi-metal....I believe Lenox makes the Fastenal ones.
I've been happy with the life of them....of course I use coolant on them too. They both have the thicker top as traxman25 mentioned.
My Fastenal guy here said that the Fastenal brand is the cheaper of the two popular Lenox blades rebadged. I can't remember what he said the difference was though.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:26 PM
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Add another vote for Lenox. I have been using a 1.5" with good success.

Infact I am on my way out to get a 2" right now. I notched a piece of 1.5" X .095" CM with the 1.5 by mistake. Went to the bin, grabbed a 2" Dewalt, put it on the notcher and after 1 cut it was wrecked. The thing had like 2 cuts on it before this.

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Old 01-24-2008, 09:52 PM
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For some reason when I use my 1-3/4 Lenox it starts chipping teath maybe I am abusing it, but most of my other hole saws last a good while. I just got a new drill that is alot slower than my other one so hopefully that will take care of it.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:56 PM
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:32 PM
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i recently purchased a trick set of small holes saws 3/8-3/4 from kimballmidwest called roto-kut they are slick they slice a smooth hole
and cut quick they have larger sizes they recommend above 1 inch
that you use a drill press and not a drill they are pricey but if you have
to drill a lot of holes fabbing something up you will have a smooth cut
and almost no heat build up just remember to get a stick of there
gold kut stick lube www.kimballmidwest.com
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:37 PM
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I saw those at Tacoma Screw the other day... I almost bought a 3/4" but it was $40....

Now if they would go in a notcher, that could be cool...

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Old 01-24-2008, 11:30 PM
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i recently purchased a trick set of small holes saws 3/8-3/4 from kimballmidwest called roto-kut they are slick they slice a smooth hole
and cut quick they have larger sizes they recommend above 1 inch
that you use a drill press and not a drill they are pricey but if you have
to drill a lot of holes fabbing something up you will have a smooth cut
and almost no heat build up just remember to get a stick of there
gold kut stick lube www.kimballmidwest.com
I have a couple of those at work. I havent used them very much but they work great.
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:44 PM
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i recently purchased a trick set of small holes saws 3/8-3/4 from kimballmidwest called roto-kut they are slick they slice a smooth hole
and cut quick they have larger sizes they recommend above 1 inch
that you use a drill press and not a drill they are pricey but if you have
to drill a lot of holes fabbing something up you will have a smooth cut
and almost no heat build up just remember to get a stick of there
gold kut stick lube www.kimballmidwest.com

Are they deep enough? They kinda of look a little shallower than a typical hole saw.
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Old 01-28-2008, 12:16 AM
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the smaller set i have drilled thru 3/8 plate and the larger sizes should handle
just about any thing i will try and drill something thicker tomorrow and see how it does and post it up
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:03 AM
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According to the specs for those cutters, they are designed for drilling thru 1" plate. Maybe difficult thru tubing larger than 1" and at some angles other than 90 on most tubing below 1"...

I use Lenox and the Fastenal brand. Fastenal is the same as lenox, just with there brand on it. If I don't force the cut and have not chattering, I get good life from them.
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:11 PM
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I've been happy for notching with Lenox/Fastenall and Milwaukee units, but came across these for sheet (thinking dimple dies :)

http://www.vansantent.com/sheet_metal_cutters.htm

anyone use them? they look like they want to get into my shop :)
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