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Maxicut Colt Forstner Bits

Emiliano Achaval

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I wonder if anyone knows what's going on with the Maxicut Colt bits. I wanted to order a few. I used to buy mine from the Woodturners Catalogue. They have them as "no longer available" I also checked Lee Valley and they have something similar, no bits. Amazingly, Amazon only has the morse taper extender in stock. Not one bit available! Is this another Covid casualty? I ordered a few last year because they were highly recommended here. I believe @Bill Boehme told me they are some of the best.
 

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Years ago they were the hot new thing, but I haven't been able to find them locally in years. Everybody seems to have gone back to stocking Fisch drills and bits. I really like the Colt Forstner bits and twist drills. It's amazing how fast they cut through wood.
 

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I think that price was the problem. I think that most people when faced with choosing between good vs. cheap will go with cheap. It was painful watching a demonstrator at a club meeting drilling in end grain with a worn-out cheap Forstner bit. The wood was smoking and the bit was turning blue.
 
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Check out Taytools.com - recently got a bunch of colt bits there, I know they have some maxi-cut remaining in stock, I was reading somewhere on there that they'd "bought out" an inventory from the factory that makes Colt, which seems to imply the factory either closed, or discontinued making bits...
 
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Check out Taytools.com - recently got a bunch of colt bits there, I know they have some maxi-cut remaining in stock, I was reading somewhere on there that they'd "bought out" an inventory from the factory that makes Colt, which seems to imply the factory either closed, or discontinued making bits...
I just did check out Taytools and it looks like they only have the run of the mill carbon steel bits, which if they are not already dull will dull cutting end grain hard wood but they can be sharpened with a file. The only alternative would be carbide tipped bits.
 

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I heard earlier this week (and can't confirm) that the company that made them has ceased operation. This from the Taytool website: "Colt and RISS Tools were manufacturers of high-quality boring bits with facilities in Germany and France. They made the popular MaxiCut and Ecocut forstner bits and Twinland brad point bits. Colt and Riss recently closed its doors and liquidated its inventory. We acquired a portion of this inventory and are offering it for a fraction of the list price. Quantities are limited to stock on hand."

A real shame since the twist lock system was, to my knowledge, unique, and allowed for using extensions with the smaller diameter bits where other extenders are too big to fit in the hole made by the bit.
 
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I wonder if anyone knows what's going on with the Maxicut Colt bits. I wanted to order a few. I used to buy mine from the Woodturners Catalogue. They have them as "no longer available" I also checked Lee Valley and they have something similar, no bits. Amazingly, Amazon only has the morse taper extender in stock. Not one bit available! Is this another Covid casualty? I ordered a few last year because they were highly recommended here. I believe @Bill Boehme told me they are some of the best.
Its interesting you ask this. When I first started turning last year, I was looking into the Colt bits. From everything I'd read, they were considered the best around, handled heat better, etc. I managed to get one (I think a MaxiCut), but since then I've been unable to find them. I originally wanted to buy a full set in a box, which I found listed, but unavailable. I haven't even been able to find them listed anywhere nowadays.

I ended up going with Fisch for most of my forstners. I tried some others, but they heat up really fast, and rip and tear at the wood. The Fisch with their wave cutters seem to cut better, but, they can still heat up and burn if you aren't careful. The one Colt I have, is amazing...never burns.
 
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