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Forum topic by Sailor posted 05-09-2010 05:42 AM 2146 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-09-2010 05:42 AM

I just bought myself a new Hitachi router that I plan to mount under a table. I need to find a good value raised panel bit set for making some cabinet doors. I don’t want any particular style or size, just something standard. I also don’t want to spend and arm and a leg on them either.

I see some pretty high prices around $150 and up and I am a bit shocked at the prices. I would like set that will last for my personal use, not full time use.

I see a Sommerfield set for $150 and a Frued set for $160. I definately would like to try and avoid spending more than that. Not sure the differences in the sets but it seems both have good reviews.


What do you guys use?
What should I go with?
Is there a cheaper set that is just as good out there?

Thanks alot for your input!

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#1 posted 05-09-2010 07:04 AM they have great router bits and prices too. also try
all have great bits at very low prices i don’t think you can get any better in terms of quality eagle,mlcs,woodline this is the order i think they go in but that’s a matter of preference. on ebay too they have some cheap yellow bits if you look up router bits on there they also do the job but very low quality though.

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 01:05 PM

The Freud sets get a premium but are excellent, and definitely offer an advantage with their 4 wing 2+2 cutter system. There’s not going to be a cheaper set that’s at the same level as the premium sets, unless it’s a premium sale at a great sale price….there is a difference in the overall construction, materials, design, sharpening, performance, and longevity. Including other premium brands like Whiteside, Eagle, Infinity, Amana, CMT, and Sommerfeld will increase the possibility of finding a great sale price on a premium set.

The value sets from MLCS, Woodline, and Price Cutter (from Eagle) will likely do a good job too, but aren’t likely to perform quite to the same level or for as long. I’ve been using an older discontinued Price Cutter green “Budget Bit” set for a couple of years, but have only done a few panels with it….similar in quality to the MLCS and Woodline bits. It works pretty well, but isn’t as good as the Freud 2+2 sets that two of my friends have that I’ve used. The Price Cutter black bits are a step above the discontinued Budget Bits, and offer very good mid level performance and price. MLCS’ Katana line also offers more of a mid-premium performance level if you don’t want to spend the bucks for the top shelf sets. Skipping the back cutter option can save some money…it’s a matter of preference but I’ve never found necessary anyway.

It’s very possible to get what you pay for. What to get really depends on your situation. I’ve never regretted spending the money on any premium blade or cutter, though there have been times when I regretted going with lesser cutters. If you’ll recover from the price difference easily, I’d definitely go top shelf. If it’s not a good time for that, the better value sets will perform pretty well for you.

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 04:05 PM

Thanks guys, just bought a set of MLCS bits and it sounds like I will be plenty happy with them. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

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#4 posted 05-09-2010 04:07 PM

Good choice that’s were I was going to recommend.

-- Custom furniture

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