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Forum topic by airman posted 10-27-2009 12:35 AM 1298 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2009 12:35 AM

I recently purchased a 1/2 in router and the only router bits I have or 1/4in shank. I would like to get some good 1/2 in bits. My question is that the local Woodcraft store is having a sale next week. Anything you can put in a shopping bag is 10% off. In January the Woodworking Show is coming to a town near here. Any guesses which one would give me the best price for the best router bits? I’m am in no hurry to buy the bits. Your opinions are appreciated.

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 12:39 AM

Watch Woodcraft for when they put thier bits on sale for $5 each, they are pretty good bits and all 1/2” shank. At the woodworking shows, I have always got great deals from Sommerfeld (sp) and they are real good bits.

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#2 posted 10-27-2009 01:01 AM

Woodworking shows always have some great buys.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 01:29 AM

I am with Cabinetmaster, woodworking shows do have great buys, if there isnt anything there you said you are not in any rush and Woodcraft will always have another sale, if something goes on sale once there is a 99% chance it will go on sale again within the next couple of months.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#4 posted 10-27-2009 04:20 AM

I haven’t tried the majority of the brands out there, but for me, the bits from Infinity Tools serve very well. I have tried MLCS in the past, but the cuts made by the Infinity ones are superior.

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#5 posted 10-28-2009 03:32 AM

Best price and best router bits are opposing goals! Whiteside, Infinity, and Freud are premium bits that should outperform budget bits. MLCS, Woodcraft, Woodline, Grizzly are decent bargain bits, but not really on the same level as the premium bits. Both types have a place in my bit collection.

The Whiteside 7pc basic set can be had for ~ $81 shipped from Holbren with “SMC10” code. Then you can add bits as needed.

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#6 posted 10-28-2009 04:10 AM

I have both 1/4 and 1/2 and I have an adapter for my 1/2 router to take 1/4 bits.

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#7 posted 10-28-2009 05:09 AM

You might want to check the outlet at Rockler. They did have several bits on clearance for around $5 each. I don’t know what they have right now, but its free to check.

Edit- Never mind. I just looked and they are all 1/4 shank. Sorry.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#8 posted 10-28-2009 07:07 AM

There’s a seller on ebay that sells 80 1/2” bits for $80 including shipping and nice case. If you start with this set then you can find what what router bits you use the most and buy higher quality bits latter although some of my students have been using there sets for close to 3 years

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 10-28-2009 02:51 PM

Thanks Jim.

That is a great idea since I also have no idea which bits I will want to use but don’t want to be limited to whatever I happen to have on hand. Years ago I bought a cheap set of drill bits like this. The ones I used lasted a little while but I replaced them and still have the case with new good quality bits in it.

That seller has two listings. Here is the other one:

(I just bid on the link you sent, sorry Airman, I wasn’t thinking)

Thanks for positing the question Airman.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#10 posted 10-28-2009 03:13 PM

I was lucky enough to catch the woodcraft clearance event on router bits and got myself some very nice Freud bits and the most I paid for each was $8 that was 75% of the retail price.
I felt like I’d won the lottery

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