New Products: Hole Cutters and Saws
Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while since we had a new blog up. That’s because I’ve been uploading a ton of new products to our website, and over the next two days, I’m going to take some time to talk about them. Namely, we’re going to look at some hole cutting gadgets and three types of tool sets. The latter has a lot to talk about, so be on the lookout for them. We’ve got Networking kits, tool sets for Electricians and Technicians, and a good number of Wire Installation kits. But first, let’s talk a little about the several hole cutters.
Hole Cutters and Hole Saws are largely different, although at first glance sound the same. They both make a hole in a variety of materials, they both act as attachments for hardware tools (primarily drills), and almost all of them are built the same. That’s just the bare specifics though, there’s no real details that really make one stand out against the other. However, some of the hole cutters available on our site have some qualities that shine.
All of our hole cutters are in the shape of drill bits and most are made out of steel. You’d think they all would be made out of metal or another tough material; they have to be able to cut through wood and other elements. Surprise, surprise! We actually have a flexible drill bit made out of wood, but we’ll get to that. Let’s address the majority first.
There are four different manufacturers supplying our hole cutting tools: Ideal Industries, Greenlee, Milwaukee Tools, and B.E.S. manufacturing. You may be familiar with Ideal, they make a lot of products sold on Electriduct.com. We have a lot of their hole saw arbors uploaded; an arbor is an alcove that acts as an axle for the drill bits to revolve around. As noted, they are made of steel and therefore very durable.
Ideal Industries Hole Saw Arbors will not only last a long time, but have a number of uses due to their versatility and quick pace work design. What I mean by this is the hole cutter itself is detachable from the arbor. More so, you can change between the different sizes without removing the arbor from the chuck—a.k.a. saves work time or a “quick-pace work design.” Speaking of the multiple sizes, all of our hole cutting drill bits come in a variety of sizes. Ideal industries Hole Saw Arbors come in sizes 1/4” round, 3/8” hex, 7/16” hex, and 3/8” hex, and fit hole sizes 9/16” to 1-3/16”, 1-1/4” to 6”, and 2” to 6”.
Our Milwaukee Manufacturing Black Oxide Thunderbolt drill bits come in sets of 21 and 15. They are made tough, constructed with a very thick core to be stronger than most standard drill bits. Designed with a flat-secure-grip, the drills won’t slip during operation—a great safety feature. No one wants to French kiss a hole cutter. The holes are made fast and accurate, but we’ve got something even flashier from Greenlee.
Who ever heard of a wooden hole cutter? I never have, I didn’t even think it would be possible or efficient, but Greenlee has done it. Pretty well too, I might add. The Greenlee Auger bit is made of wood and therefore, it’s a little more flexible than other hole cutters. Made specifically to cut through wood and other thin materials, the auger bits actually pull themselves through the wood during operation via its screw point and “claws.” I’m not sure what sounds better, “claws” or “wings” but either way, there’s these little tips on the side of the screw point that aids in the pull. Like I said, they’re flexible, really flexible. You can make an arch out of these if you wanted to.
Last on the hole cutter list is the Piranhabits Quattro Flex Wood Auger Bits. Don’t let the name fool you, they’re not made of wood; they’re actually constructed of some high quality steel. They are, however, designed to cut through wood and are similarly flexible like the Greenlee auger bits. These Quattro hole cutters can drill around some corners and at a bit of an angle. The primary role for these flex wood bits is to create pathways for feeding cables and wires through, quickly and easily. If you take a look at the page, you’ll see that there are a ton of sizes to choose from, ranging from 12-72” in length, and diameters: 3/8″, 1/2″, 9/16″, 3/4″, 1″, and 1-1/4″ for all sorts of jobs.
There are three hole saws available on our site, two by Ideal Industries and one by Greenlee. All of them are made of steel, or a material stronger than steel. I bet you can guess what they do. That’s right; they cut holes—huge holes to be exact. Well, maybe huge isn’t the right word, but the largest I can see is 6” wide. That’s a lot larger than the hole cutters. Either way, you don’t want to be near these things without the proper safety gear.
The Ideal Ironman Bi-metal hole saws have a wide range of hole cutting abilities, able to cut through a lot of different materials such as metal, wood, plastic, stainless steel and others. They’re great for construction and industrial sites, or any project that requires something really rugged. The term “bi-metal” means that these hole saws are made of two different types of metal to compliment each one’s qualities. The first is spring steel, providing greater flexibility to the blade so that it can withstand normal work conditions. The second metal is high-speed steel for a hardened cutting edge that stays sharper, longer. There are 52 hole saw sizes available, ranging from 9/16” to 6”.
Now, I said we have hole saws stronger than metal and here is one. Ideal’s Tungsten Carbide Grit hole saw is twice as hard as steel and is scratch resistant. There are 13 sizes available, ranging from 3/4-3 5/8” in diameter. Each one will cut as deep as 1 1/2″. There’s not a lot to say, they cut through a wide variety of materials like the other Ideal hole saws, make clean cuts, fit on many standard arbor sizes, all that jazz. In addition, they’re pretty user friendly because they will not overheat, wear out quickly, or cause abrasions during operations.
Last but not least, the Greenlee hole saws, arbors, and pilot draws. These things cut through steel, tin, aluminum, fiberglass, wood and plastic; they’re made out of M42 alloy blades. Designed with a back plate, all cutting will be smooth and easy, and the blades stay cool for better performance while in-use. Moreover, these hole saws are not painted and instead have a steam oxide finish to keep the blades free of debris and make a solid connection with the material it’s cutting into. Also, they are compatible with many standard arbors by Greenlee, and vice-versa with the arbors. The pilot drills are basically the hole cutters mentioned above, as you can see in the images below.
Hole Cutters VS Hole Saws
So what did we learn today? We talked a little more about the hole cutting products available on our website. As you can see, some of this information is available on the product pages, so don’t worry about switching back and forth between tabs/windows if you’re currently browsing. Just to have a little recap of everything, let’s compare hole drill bits versus hole saws.
Hole cutters aren’t very large, and are usually used to make tiny holes not larger than an inch. There are a few that go up to 2” and more, but not much larger than that.
Hole saws are the big brother of hole cutters. They cut deep and with diameters as big as 6”.
Hole cutters seem to only be used for cutting through wood. This makes sense, though they can be used to cut through other soft materials like thin metals and the like.
Hole saws will cut through almost anything, literally. I wouldn’t put my hands anywhere near these things. If they can cut through steel, I can only imagine what will happen to bone.
Hole cutters and Hole saws are about the same here. Most are made of metal, and if they’re not, it’s for specific reasons. Hole cutters seem to be made of materials that will offer some flexibility. This is due to the longer shafts of hole cutters, and with a little applied pressure, bending them around corners would be very helpful.
Hole saws on the other hand aren’t very long and really have no way to bend. These things are tough, and sometimes made of more than one material for added qualities. The designs in each are different for different applications.
Hole cutters can be used probably anywhere, but I see them mostly used for home improvement projects or in wood shops. They’re not made for heavy-duty assignments, and usually make holes for other things like cables or wires to fit through.
Hole saws on the other hand are for the rough stuff. They’ll cut through almost anything, as noted a bit already. Built for on-site projects, putting compartments together, installing appliances— a fan comes to mind. How else do they get that thing in there?
That about wraps it up—hole cutters and hole saws are pretty useful for all types of projects. Just be sure to know what you’re getting yourself into and be safe out there. Next blog will cover tool sets.