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Best hole saw opinions

Postby Graveyard » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:08 pm

So I’ve been using cheap hole saws from Home Depot and Lowe’s for a long time and finally stepped up to a nice carbide hole saw about a year ago, well a few weeks back I ran it into my vice accidentally while drilling through some sheet metal and dulled the hell out of it. Before I order up another one I want some opinions on what people have been using. It’s an 1 1/2” hope saw and I use it very often on 16 ga cold rolled steel. I use it to cut the hole to install weld in bungs for the gas caps in the tanks I build. I would rather spend a decent amount of money on a good one that will last. Thanks for any input.
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Re: Best hole saw opinions

Postby cj737 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:23 pm

Honestly, for me, a decent bi-metal hole saw with good quality cutting fluid, on a low speed have worked great. I use simple Milwaukees in my tubing notcher cutting up to .120 wall DOM endlessly. I use Walter cutting fluids, and it pays to do so in my experience.
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Re: Best hole saw opinions

Postby LtBadd » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:32 pm

It sounds like you had a good hole saw, what brand was it? Agree with CJ if used at the right rpm and a good cutting fluid, just like any cutting tool.
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Re: Best hole saw opinions

Postby tungstendipper » Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:19 pm

As usual, CJ hit the nail on the head. Most drill presses turn too fast for larger hole saws so cutting fluid is a must.
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Re: Best hole saw opinions

Postby Graveyard » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:41 pm

These are the ones I currently have and the black one up front so the carbide one I use. I do not know what brand the carbide one is. I purchased it from a tool shop that gets them from a local company who makes them. Also I must add that I do not use a drill press for drilling the holes because the tanks cannot be chucked so I use a hand held Milwaukee Fuel Drill. Good bi metal hole saws can’t handle the abuse I put on them. They are sloppy and they walk to much. The carbide one has been the best and I really want to stick with that for this purpose. I just wanted recommendations on what are good brands to look into. Thank you for the input as usual!
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Re: Best hole saw opinions

Postby Poland308 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:27 pm

I’ve used several brands, but Starrett, Milwaukee, and Lenox seem to have pretty good life for the cost.
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Re: Best hole saw opinions

Postby CHCWeldingLLC » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:27 am

I like the greenlee chuck and holesaws but lenox is a good hole vs cost.
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Re: Best hole saw opinions

Postby Graveyard » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:51 pm

Decided to pick up a mn EZARC carbide hope saw to see how it works. If it doesn’t I’m probably going to pick up a champion, that’s the brand I had a few jobs ago and I drilled through 1/4” stainless like it was nothing. Thanks again for the input.
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Re: Best hole saw opinions

Postby Graveyard » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:09 am

First impression with this new hole saw is that it is very well made and the cut quality is amazing! Just used it and I am very impressed and please with my purchase here.
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