|Review by Brad_Nailor||posted 12-09-2012 06:32 PM||3946 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
I have recently been doing a lot of pattern routing on my router table. I had started out tracing pieces and cutting them out on the band saw then sanding them on my drum sander, with less than acceptable results (too many inconsistencies in the curves). So, I moved over to making a pattern and cutting close to the line with the band saw then finishing the cut with a pattern bit on the router table. First time I tried this I used a basic, two cutter, top mounted bearing pattern bit and immediately I was getting tear out when routing against the rotation. I reluctantly switched to climb cutting, and within a minute the piece was grabbed out of my hand and thrown violently against the wall. So after some searching, and much review reading (this bit, and other similarly configured pattern bits were given high marks for clean, safe, tear out free pattern routing) I decided to try this bit. It’s a solid carbide, two flute up cut spiral with dual top mounted bearings. It.s expensive ($84.00 at Woodcraft) but the first thing I noticed when taking it out of the protective plastic sleeve is it’s very heavy and solid feeling, and the bearings are really high quality. I chucked it up in my table router (Bosch 2 1/2 HP variable speed) and got my pattern all ready to go. This bit cuts like a dream! I had my pin in for control and did all the routing against the bit rotation and it cut like a hot knife through soft butter. Smooth, controllable, and zero splitting, or tear out. I couldn’t be more pleased with it’s performance. Granted i was cutting a relatively soft materiel (Walnut) but I think it would perform equally well in any materiel.
Overall I give this bit high marks in all categories..quality, sharpness, performance..maybe a little tick for the price..but it is solid carbide, and very high quality. I have many Whiteside bits and have always been happy with them, but this bit is one of the nicest router bits I have ever purchased.