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Rabbeting Bit Set

by handystanley
posted 555 days ago


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live4ever

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#1 posted 555 days ago

Can’t go wrong with Whiteside sets. I tend to stick with Whiteside unless I get a really good deal on something else, especially for bits that will see a lot of use. The sets include different bearings for different depth of cuts.

1903 ~$25 4 depths 1/4 – 7/16 by 16ths (doesn’t do 1/2” so won’t work for you)
1955 ~$45 8 depths 1/8 – 1/2 by 16ths
1960 ~$50 5 depths 1/2 – 3/4 by 16ths

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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ChuckV

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#2 posted 555 days ago

I’ve had this one from LV for a few years and have been very happy with itL
http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/page.aspx?p=30112&cat=1,46168,69435,46176&ap=1

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 555 days ago

I’ve got a CMT that I’ve had forever, no complaints.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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handystanley

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#4 posted 555 days ago

Thanks everyone…I was wondering about the CMT line of bits. This time though I just may go with Whiteside.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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Straightbowed

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#5 posted 555 days ago

whiteside is the cats meow cmt is overpriced infinity has the mega set

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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handystanley

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#6 posted 555 days ago

So how are the bits from Infinity?

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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Loren

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#7 posted 555 days ago

I have a CMT. Had it for years. Works fine.

I bought some CMT boring machine bits from
http://routerbitworld.com and the prices and
(esp.) shipping were reasonable.

You’ll see if you look around that some of the
larger diameter bits from some makers have
less steel in the business end, being machined
from narrower pieces of stock with larger
(if any) flat sections on the sides.

I own bits by CMT, Jesada, Freud, Lee Valley,
Whiteside, MLCS and other lesser known
import and domestic brands. I started
buying them when 1/2” shank bits were
hard to find and only CMT had a good
selection. They all work fine, but the
attention to detail in the European ones
seems the best.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 555 days ago

I have the Infinity set, Stan, and I stand by them. I also have a Grizzly purple set and it’s nowhere close to the Infinity quality. Everything I have purchased from Infinity, router stuff and sawblades, has been well worth the money and totally dependable.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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live4ever

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#9 posted 555 days ago

I have a fair amount of Infinity bits. I usually end up buying them when they are overstocked or on mega sale. Honestly I can’t tell any difference between my “silver” bits (Whiteside and Infinity), but the Infinity prices are at least on par or sometimes even more expensive than Whiteside. A large proportion of Infinity bits are made outside of the USA, so coupled with the comparable, if not higher prices, it becomes an easy choice for me.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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NiteWalker

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#10 posted 555 days ago

+1 on this CMT set. I’ve had it for years with no problems.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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kizerpea

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#11 posted 554 days ago

I have the freud 32-524 will do the 1/2 rabbet an more.

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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JesseTutt

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#12 posted 554 days ago

I have had for many years both the CMT and Woodline sets and both have performed above expectations.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Straightbowed

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#13 posted 554 days ago

I just love whiteside bits they cut so smooth

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 554 days ago

Another happy user of the Freud set.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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handystanley

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#15 posted 554 days ago

Regarding the Freud Rabbet Bit set…....what is up with all the bad reviews?? Was there an issue in manufacturing or production at one time that has since passed?

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-32-524-8-Inch-Rabbeting-Bearing/product-reviews/B0000225ZP/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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handystanley

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#16 posted 554 days ago

Just sent Freud customer service a question requesting them to address the issues noted on Amazon. Will let everyone know what their response is once I hear back from them.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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CharlieM1958

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#17 posted 554 days ago

I never even noticed the reviews… I just posted the first link to the Freud set I could find. I never had any of the issues mentioned in the negative reviews.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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handystanley

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#18 posted 553 days ago

Early this morning I received the following email from Freud Tools regarding the reviews that are noted on Amazon:

Brewer Jim (PTNF/LOG) <jbrewer>
5:52 AM (6 hours ago)
to me

When reading the reviews it is important to read all the reviews and sort them form newest to oldest. With the exception of one current negative review the other ones are very old. The worst ones were 12 years old and we have changed the design since then to eliminate some of the hardware. Many woodworkers had no idea of how to press something into a bearing so we eliminated that. As for the person with the bearing problem, without seeing the bit I cannot comment other than to say bearing failures are very rare and typically when they do happen it is due to something the person has done. Most of the time it is either cleaning them with something that dissolves the lubrication inside the bearing or something gets on them like contact cement from a counter top job. As for the beating coming off it is designed to tighten as it turns. You should always check the bearing screw on any router bit before it is used – Every Time. But you should also be cautious about over tightening. The bearings are small and so the screw has to be small. If you tighten it with a long Allen wrench as tight as you can get it then you will probably strip it.

Just one last comment about reviews. We sell thousands of the bit in question every year. These are 16 anonymous reviews and it is not like a magazine review where you know the reviewer and you know his qualifications. Countless times they are people who have never read manuals or instructions and do something they should never have done. And to be fair sometimes it is a legitimate complaint such as the ones back around 2000 where they needed to press the collars into the bearings so we changed the design. The hard part is understanding one from the other.

Jim

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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knotscott

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#19 posted 553 days ago

”So how are the bits from Infinity?”

I’ve never used their rabbeting bits, but every router bit and saw blade I’ve used from Infinity has been absolutely top shelf….most are downright impressive. Excellent supplier with some world class products.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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