Updated September 26, 2019 by Kevin Flores

The 9 Best Annular Cutter Sets

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in October of 2016. An alternative to slower, more expensive and less efficient twist drills and hole saws, these annular cutter sets offer a faster, easier and more accurate way of making holes in a wide variety of metal than conventional bits. They also tend to produce less wastage, meaning money saved on materials. We've included options for accommodating both industrial and consumer needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best annular cutter set on Amazon.

9. Hougen RotaCut 11077

8. Neiko 10249A Premium M2

7. Bluerock 13 Piece

6. Bluerock 6 Piece TCT

5. Jancy Engineering Slugger 5 Piece

4. Oscarbide HSS

3. Evolution A-CC6SET-1 Cyclone

2. Jancy Slugger 70350

1. Accusize Industrial Tools N10

Editor's Notes

September 05, 2019:

We've given this list a major refresh in our last update, dropping a few items that are no longer on the market and adding numerous sets from reputable manufacturers.

The top dog on the list, the Accusize Industrial Tools N10, is one of those newcomers. Its mid-tier price is justifiable because of the high quality of the drill bits and the well-made, nice-looking case.

An annular cutter set paired with a magnetic drill will shave a load of time off the tedious, often repetitive task of boring holes through metal. For those who work on deadline or have a limited amount of time to spend in the shop, switching over to these cutters from slower, more cumbersome tools is a wise move.

The standard annular cutter is made from high-speed steel and is capable of drilling through most of the material you are likely to come across. You are also able to resharpen them using a grinder.

However, in situations where you need to put a hole in harder or more abrasive material, consider the Bluerock 6 Piece TCT set, which has bits with tungsten carbide tips. Because the tips are a separate component, usually glued onto the bit, they are more prone to breakage and their use is not recommended on more routine, softer material.

Not only are these annular cutters sharp and designed to spin at a high RPM, but the metal ribbons of waste they produce can also be very sharp. Please observe all safety precautions when using them.


Kevin Flores
Last updated on September 26, 2019 by Kevin Flores

Kevin Flores is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured in several major media outlets. Word thrift and clarity were pounded into his prose by merciless editors during his days as a breaking news reporter for a wire service. These days he can usually be found trawling through public records and tracking down shadowy shell companies for a nonprofit media organization he co-founded. He enjoys his time away from the screen by pursuing a hobby restoring furniture, giving him special insight into woodworking tools and materials. His filmmaking experience also turned him—willing or not—into something of an audio and video equipment fiend.


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