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Forum topic by willhime posted 10-13-2015 07:44 PM 1604 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2015 07:44 PM

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Shopping around on Amazon, I’m looking for the best value on planer or surfacing bits. So far, Magnate 2707 Surface Planing ( Bottom Cleaning ) Router Bit – 2-3/4” Cutting Diameter seems to be the best bang for your buck, but I don’t know how it performs in reality. Amana, little pricey but warranted? Freud. Porter Cable. Roman carbide. CMT.. etc.

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#1 posted 10-13-2015 07:53 PM

I have the MLCS bit, not sure of the width, but at least 2”. I don’t use it all that much, but used it for my bench top. I was satisfied with it, especially considering I didn’t pay much, don’t use it a ton, etc. I do use it for cutting in the angle on carved guitar tops, but that is relatively little material removal. Amana will always be a good bit. Does Whiteside have anything?

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#2 posted 10-13-2015 08:58 PM

Same here used 2” but from MLCS when i did not have a planer and it worked great.

I did see the Magnet bit but was not sure how it was going to turn out, so went with MLCS.


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#3 posted 10-14-2015 03:05 AM

A local tool dealer carries Amana, and I’ve bought a couple of their bits—was not impressed, didn’t feel they were worth the $$. BTW, the link you provided is a broken Lumberjocks URL, not Amazon. Readers can click here to see the Magnate bit.

The Magnate certainly gets good reviews (though unfortunate there aren’t more to read). Amazon has a very good return policy, so if you buy it, try it out right away—if it doesn’t seem high quality you can return it!

My bits? CMT and Freud, mostly.

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#4 posted 10-14-2015 11:52 AM

Depending on how much you’re going to use it/how critical the surface is.
I don’t think you can go wrong with Whiteside or Amana.
Freud not as good. No experience with CMT but I love their saw blades.

I used a Magnate 1 1/2” to flatten my workbench top.

Worked well left some ridges but I think that was a little flex in the sled.
For me, its a bit I’ll use like once every 2 years.

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#5 posted 10-14-2015 12:07 PM

I have several CMT andWhiteside. I prefer Whiteside (made in USA) for their quality

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#6 posted 10-14-2015 12:54 PM

The Magnate bits work well, but they can chip easy. I prefer Whiteside or Freud.

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#7 posted 10-14-2015 01:28 PM

I have used the Amana 2 inch planer bit in my big router. Works really well

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#8 posted 10-14-2015 11:04 PM

MCLS here

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#9 posted 10-15-2015 01:22 AM

If you are going to be doing a lot of this work it is worth your time to purchase an Amana 2+2 surfacing bit. Based on your router set up they have different size bits that should accommodate. Look at the RC-2250 or the RC-2251

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