|Review by rivox1||posted 05-08-2013 05:02 AM||10280 views||0 times favorited||27 comments|
As a beginner woodworker I needed a set of router bits, but didn’t want to take on a second mortgage to be able to afford a premium set, so I decided to buy this bit set in order to try out different bits. My line of thinking was to see which ones I used the most so that I could buy one by one the most indispensable ones of a better quality.
I picked up this set for a little over $100. It contains 75 pieces and at first glance looks really nice.
On my daily vocabulary the phrase “piece of crap” is not one that I use often… but in this case I must say it fits perfectly to the situation!
I installed the brand new bit into the router and prepared to test in on a piece of scrap wood. After less than 2 seconds of contact the first bit broke in half. I thought it was bad luck of the draw and perhaps I just got one defective piece.
The second one: BAM! Also broke in half!
The third one: the bearing flew off pushing the bit into the wood and POW! Also broke in half…
At this point I was starting to fear for my safety, so I decided not to try my luck with a fourth bit.
I suppose that to some of the more experienced woodworkers in here my results will seem obvious and may even say something like: “But off course, just look at them… they’re crap”, but I suppose that as a beginner woodworker I’m expected to make this kind of mistakes.
If you are a newbie such as myself and happen to be reading this, use my near death experience as a cautionary tale and stay away from these “Professional” bits.
I will continue my search for an affordable yet decent set of bits and will keep you posted!
Cheers and safe woodworking!
-- Cheers and Safe Woodworking!