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Paul Ciura

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03-24-2010 11:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router bits sharp router bits bits router question

As I am nearing completion of my router table finally, I want to pick up a few bits to the arsenal.

The last 2 bits I picked up were from a local Home Depot (the Diablo series) as I needed them right away. I am curious where do most of you get your router bits from (online or box store) and is there a preferred brand?

Also can some of the bits be re-sharpened? If so, what do you use to do so.


-- Paul Ciura (Tampa, FL)

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#1 posted 03-24-2010 11:32 PM

I prefer to get premium bits when I can get a good deal….I watch sales and deals from Infinity, Whiteside, Freud, CMT, etc. Sometimes it makes sense to get the decent value oriented imports like MLCS, Woodline, Woodcraft, etc., for specialty profiles.

I’ve had a panel raising set sharpened locally before, but haven’t yet needed to get a common bit sharpened.

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#2 posted 03-24-2010 11:56 PM

I opt for Whiteside.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 12:00 AM

We buy a lot from MLCS but will pic up higher quality bids like CMT and Freud sometimes. I buy online 90% of the time, seems that is the best deal.

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 12:01 AM or both the same co. but i figured all others were taken so i just added my two cents!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 01:10 AM

Ike, I’ve found those black Price Cutter bits to be surprisingly good….I think the name sort of conjures up visions of a cheap bargain bit, but they’re actually a step up from most value imports IMO.

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

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#6 posted 03-25-2010 01:31 AM

I have been buying Sommerfield’s bits. If you buy 5 or more bits at one time you get free shipping. I am very pleased with how well they have kept their sharpness so far. I bought some Bosch bits about the same time and they had to be sharpened already. Thanks for asking.

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Paul Ciura

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#7 posted 03-25-2010 01:50 AM

Awesome, thanks for the info guys.

-- Paul Ciura (Tampa, FL)

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#8 posted 03-25-2010 03:39 AM

I buy Whiteside from a locally owned American Sharpening. Anytime I can patronize a small business and get the quality and service I expect I’m going to go there – and even pay more. (Well a little more).

He has a much much larger selection compared to the BORGs plus Whiteside is vastly superior in quality to the likes of Bosch, etc.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 03-25-2010 04:18 AM

I don’t know who makes them, but I have a set of the Woodcraft Wood River bits that do a very good job for me.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 03-25-2010 04:34 AM

I do believe this is the best place online to purchase Whiteside bits. If you order on the weekends for some reason shipping free on order of 29.00 or more. If any one can find them cheaper please forward… …Blkcherry

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#11 posted 03-25-2010 05:39 PM

That does look like a great place to get Whiteside bits from. $2 shipping per order, and free shipping over $29.00. The prices of the bits are competitive as well.

I don’t have a larger collection of bits, but my first preferences are Whiteside and Infinity. If the Rockler and Woodcraft (Woodriver) brands are on sale (between $5 and $10), then I will buy them as well. I have tried MLCS, but the quality is not up to the level of the other ones.

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#12 posted 03-25-2010 05:48 PM

I’ve been getting pretty good results from Freud.

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Paul Ciura

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#13 posted 03-26-2010 02:17 AM

I guess the next quick question to ask would be what are the “must have” bits for person starting up?

-- Paul Ciura (Tampa, FL)

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#14 posted 03-26-2010 02:58 AM

Been using Eagle America for over 15 years.

-- Gerry,

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#15 posted 03-26-2010 04:56 AM

Rockler has 9 different bits on sale for $9.99 each, regularly in the $20.00 plus price range. There’s free shipping until April 6th, if you buy from their online catalog. I have used several of their bits and didn’t have any complaints.


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