In this guide we’ll look at the best hole saw sets.
We’ve compared number of bits, material, included carry case and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Is The Best Hole Saw Set?

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  • Number of bits: 16
  • Material: bimetal
  • Carry case?: Yes
  • Max cutting depth: 40 mm
  • Min – Max sizes: 16 – 76 mm
  • Number of bits: 10
  • Material: carbon steel
  • Carry case?: No
  • Max cutting depth: 12.7 mm
  • Min – Max sizes: 6 – 50 mm
  • Number of bits: 5
  • Material: tungsten steel
  • Carry case?: Yes
  • Max cutting depth: 10 - 13 mm
  • Min – Max sizes 16 – 30 mm
  • Number of bits: 19
  • Material carbon: steel
  • Carry case?: Yes
  • Max cutting depth: 25 mm
  • Min – Max sizes: 19 – 127 mm
  • Number of bits: 16
  • Material: carbon steel
  • Carry case?: Yes
  • Max cutting depth: 25 mm
  • Min – Max sizes: 19 – 127 mm

More Detailed Hole Saw Set Reviews

Makita D-47307 16 piece universal holesaw kit

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  • Number of bits: 16
  • Material: bimetal
  • Carry case?: Yes
  • Max cutting depth: 40 mm
  • Min – Max sizes: 16 – 76 mm
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Makita D-47307 16 piece universal holesaw kit Review

We tested out the Makita universal hole saw kit, and were extremely impressed with the quality of the variable toothed blades made for cutting steel, aluminium, copper, brass, wood and plastic. Makita is a brand to be trusted in the market, and they haven’t let us down this time.

What sets this Makita holesaw set apart from the rest though is the high-quality aluminium case that comes with the set. It keeps the bits and accessories in perfect condition and ready for transport, making this the best hole saw set on the list.

Tacklife AHS02C Core Hole Saw & 10 Diamond Drill Bits

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  • Number of bits: 10
  • Material: carbon steel
  • Carry case?: No
  • Max cutting depth: 12.7 mm
  • Min – Max sizes: 6 – 50 mm
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Tacklife AHS02C Core Hole Saw & 10 Diamond Drill Bits Review

Tacklife offer a slightly different type of hole saw to the others on the list. The Tacklife holesaw set does away with arbour bits and relies on technique and clever technology for hole cutting in a wide range of materials.

With nickel plating and diamond dust cutting edges, you can use the TacklifeAHS02C Core Hole Saw & 10 Diamond Drill Bits to drill through surfaces as hard and brittle as glass. Because of this, we thought this was the best hole saw set for hard surfaces.

Mohoo High Speed Stainless Steel Hole Saw 5 pcs

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  • Number of bits: 5
  • Material: tungsten steel
  • Carry case?: Yes
  • Max cutting depth: 10 - 13 mm
  • Min – Max sizes 16 – 30 mm
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Mohoo High Speed Stainless Steel Hole Saw 5 pcs Review

Mohoo have made a really aggressive hole saw set, with deep chip-removing teeth in the bits allowing for accurate hole cutting and reducing overheating. Each hole cutter comes in its own small box. They’re nothing like the Makita offering, but it’s good to know your bits won’t be flying around in your toolbox.

We found the bits in this hole cutter set were razor sharp and ready to cut straight away. The Mohoo Stainless Holesaw took minimal adjustment with the included hex keys, and we’re sure these will last for a long time. We think this set of hole cutters is the best hole saw kit for the money on the list.

Jellas 19Pcs Hole Saw Kit

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  • Number of bits: 19
  • Material carbon: steel
  • Carry case?: Yes
  • Max cutting depth: 25 mm
  • Min – Max sizes: 19 – 127 mm
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Jellas 19Pcs Hole Saw Kit Review

The first thing we liked about the Jellas Holesaw kit was the neat little box with a detailed diagram of the cutting sizes and bit installation. Many other hole saw kits expect you to know straight away what you need to do with the holesaw set.

That being said, the teeth on these hole saws are nowhere near as aggressive as some other the others on the list, and can’t be used for cutting metal or even hard woods. We tried them out and think we’ve found the best hole saw for plastic cutting purposes.

Silverline 633729 16 Piece Holesaw Kit, 19-127mm

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  • Number of bits: 16
  • Material: carbon steel
  • Carry case?: Yes
  • Max cutting depth: 25 mm
  • Min – Max sizes: 19 – 127 mm
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Silverline 633729 16 Piece Holesaw Kit, 19-127mm Review

Most DIYers and professionals alike are familiar with Silverline and the kit they produce. The Silverline 633729 hole saw kit doesn’t disappoint at the budget end of the spectrum, but don’t expect to cut deep holes without having to remove the plugs every two and a half centimetres.

The box is not exactly premium, but should keep the hole cutters from getting damaged in between jobs. We liked the simplicity of the Silverline hole saw set, and we’re sure it will stand up to light use. It’s the best budget hole saw set for DIY only.

Hole Saw Set Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to drilling large holes, you could use a huge drill bit but they cost a lot of money, probably as much as a complete hole saw set. For not a lot of money you can create holes in a wide variety of materials from timber, plastic and stone and even steel.

FAQ

How do you use a hole saw?

It takes a bit of skill and some handy tips to get good at using a hole saw. Follow these steps and you’ll be hole cutting like the pros in no-time.

Measure and mark your centre hole accurately. This goes without saying. Measure twice and cut once.

Drill a small pilot hole with an appropriate drill bit. Don’t go straight in with the arbour bit and hole saw as they are harder to keep straight on their own.

Following up your pilot hole will help you to drill straight, as the arbour bit will want to follow the path your drill bit took.

How fast should the drill speed be?

Although this varies with the size of the hole cutter, you should always start slowly and then speed up. Slow and steady wins the race, you shouldn’t push too hard and always let the bit and hole cutter do the hard work.

How do I avoid creating a ragged hole?

Hole saws are likely to cause “tear out” on the far side of what you’re drilling, due to the pressure needed to drill and the teeth cutting the surface from the opposite side. Avoid this by using your pilot hole and drilling towards the centre from both sides.

How can I keep the hole saw steady?

It can be difficult to keep a power drill steady, especially over the first few millimetres of cutting. If your drill has a side handle, make the most of it to stay on course. If you don’t, then hold the drill firmly in both hands, and even brace it against your leg if you can. Once the hole saw is deep enough, it becomes much easier to stay straight.

How do I keep the hole saw from overheating?

Hole cutting creates an extreme amount of friction, and can overheat your bit, strain your drill and hurt your wrists.

If you’re using a metal hole saw to cut metal, always use cutting oil or grease. For glass and tile, you can use plumber’s putty to create a reservoir around the hole and fill it with water to keep things cool. Dunking your hole saw bit in cold water can help to keep it cool when sawing wood, but make sure to remove the bit first.

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