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Kreg pocket hole bits

Ok I'm getting a bit frustrated and hoping somebody on here has a solution for me. i have the Kreg Foreman pocket hole machine and since I've bought it I have snapped at least six bits in half over the last year. Has anybody else had any problems with their bits breaking all using this machine or am I doing something wrong ?
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Ok I'm getting a bit frustrated and hoping somebody on here has a solution for me. i have the Kreg Foreman pocket hole machine and since I've bought it I have snapped at least six bits in half over the last year. Has anybody else had any problems with their bits breaking all using this machine or am I doing something wrong ?
You are doing something wrong.
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Make sure you have the wood clamped securely.
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You may have gotten one or two "bad" drill bits, but IMO SIX means there is other issues! Could be the material, over torque of your drill, material not clamped securely, drilling through a knot, or "green" wood to name a few. Contact Kreg to explain your problem, and hopefully get info as to why you are "snapping bits". Be safe.
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I snapped the little tip off of a bit after about a year of use. When I put the new bit to work, I realized quickly that the old one was pretty worn and the new, sharp bit didn't get nearly as hot. I kinda guessed that the dull bit was overheating and that caused it to snap. Are your bit's getting really hot?
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I think you should get on the Kreg Owners Forum and ask them. The Foreman should work and work right. Most previous comments really don't apply to the Foreman since it does all the work in a single operation.
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It sounds like you might be forcing it too hard. I used to work with a guy who thought it was called a chop saw because you chopped down hard on what you were cutting.
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It sounds like you might be forcing it too hard. I used to work with a guy who thought it was called a chop saw because you chopped down hard on what you were cutting.
I recently said this to a guy in the shop, thanks.
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I think you should get on the Kreg Owners Forum and ask them. The Foreman should work and work right. Most previous comments really don't apply to the Foreman since it does all the work in a single operation.
I am using the same sort of machine and understand how they work and how long bits should last.







The only difference is that this guy has the smaller version. Nothing wrong with that and it is still a good tool.

Bits generally last a LOT longer with these tools than what WW is experiencing.

Snapping the tip off is going to happen sooner or later on either version. Snapping the bigger part of the bit off in either version means that something is seriously wrong.

WonderlandWoodworks should share some pictures of the 'problem' so that others can better understand what he is dealing with and be better able to help him.
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You are doing something wrong.
I agree.
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