Long-lasting Hole Saw with High-Performance Carbide Tips
The LENOX SPEED SLOT Carbide Hole Saw is designed to effortlessly cut through a wide range of materials commonly found on the job site. By incorporating carbide teeth, this hole saw boasts a lifespan that is 50 times longer than that of a LENOX bi-metal hole saw. To put it to the test, we conducted trials using 2X materials, steel, and more.
The Key Features Summarized in 10 Seconds
- Model: LENOX LXAH32 2 Inch Hole Saw
- High-performance carbide welded to the cutting edge
- Versatile cutting capability for wood, steel, stainless steel, cast iron, fiber cement, plaster, PVC, and more
- Tall body for easy drilling in 2x wood
- Speed slot design
- Manufactured in the USA using global materials
- Price: $24.99
Bi-metal hole saws may do a decent job when it comes to cutting wood, but over time, their teeth can wear down quickly. It won’t be long before a new saw starts to drag, significantly slowing down the drilling process. Even clean wood can cause tooth wear after just a dozen cuts.
To address this issue and enhance cutting performance and durability, LENOX has innovatively welded carbide to the cutting edges of their hole saws. This carbide reinforcement significantly improves the hole saw’s lifespan, preventing tooth loss and offering better heat resistance compared to bi-metal counterparts. In fact, LENOX claims that the SPEED SLOT carbide hole saw can last 50 times longer than bi-metal models when cutting through cast iron.
LENOX prides itself on featuring a powerful cutting tooth that can effortlessly slice through a wide variety of materials. The LENOX Carbide Hole Saw is specially designed for cutting lumber, studded lumber, cast iron, stainless steel, fiber cement board, PVC, and more.
Testing the LENOX SPEED SLOT Carbide Hole Saw
LENOX has kept some fantastic ease-of-use features intact in their carbide hole saws. The tall body of the saw allows for drilling through 2X wood in a single pass. While this design is not uncommon, it’s worth mentioning that some hole saws on the market tend to bottom out on 2X material.
We put the LENOX hole saw to the test by drilling through 2X wood as well as pressure-treated 2x6s. These hole saws proved to be exceptional for roughing applications. LENOX offers a range of sizes, starting from 11/16″ and going up to 6″. For the larger sizes, using a max torque right-angle drill is recommended to complete the cut.
Efficiently removing the plug is crucial to prevent any slowdowns during drilling, particularly when working in elevated areas or tight spaces like attics. LENOX’s SPEED SLOT design is a standout feature. By simply using a standard flat-blade screwdriver, you can effortlessly remove the plug. The Speed Slot design comprises a 3-step step design, providing three solid leverage points for plug removal using a screwdriver. These slots are positioned on both sides of the tool, allowing for a seamless plug removal process, step by step, on either side.
Multi-Material Cutting Capability
The versatility of these hole saws shines when it comes to cutting composite plies of steel and studded wood. This is precisely where the carbide teeth excel. The saw glides through steel effortlessly, seamlessly transition to 2X material, and can easily tackle nails. In fact, the LENOX carbide hole saw swiftly accomplishes the task and completes the cut with utmost precision. Upon inspection, we found that the saw remained in pristine condition without any signs of wear. The LENOX carbide hole saws can handle multiple cuts on the job site before needing replacement.
Lastly, these LENOX hole saws are proudly made in the USA, utilizing global components.
Priced at approximately $24.99, the LENOX LXAH32 2″ carbide hole saw is an excellent investment. Pricing varies based on the required size. All LENOX hole saws share the same design and features. Based on our experiences and expertise using LENOX Lazer CT Carbide Reciprocating Saw Blades, we strongly recommend these products to professionals in search of a more heat-resistant alternative to standard bi-metal hole saws.