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Forum topic by MyFathersSon posted 11-27-2010 08:48 AM 3184 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MyFathersSon

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11-27-2010 08:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

Looking at 1/2” shank 1/4” t&g bits.
As a loyal Woodcraft customer –
I was interested to see the WoodRiver Tongue and Groove bit (140802) on sale for $29.
Others I had seen were $50+
Made a special trip to pick one up. Thought I was getting a pretty good deal.
Browsing the web, though I found a PorterCable (43499PC) at Sears and elsewhere for only $19.
Interestingly—the PC bit had 3 flutes where the WoodRiver had only 2.

As a rule I would assume 3 flutes/blades would give a smoother easier cut than 2 making the PC superior. – Is that a valid assumption?

My first impulse is to return the Woodriver bit (unopened) and get the PC.
Both for the cost savings (ok – mainly for the cost savings) – and the assumed better quality of the PC.

Is there something I am missing that still makes the WoodRiver bit a better buy?

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.


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richgreer

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 04:22 PM

It is hard to look at a router bit and judge quality. You are basically forced to rely on your experience with prior bits by the same brand and/or other people’s recommendations. For me, how long they last without needing to be sharpened is a key consideration and you can’t tell that by looking at them.

I’ve used quite a few WoodRiver bits and I have been quite satisfied with them. I don’t recall ever owning a PC bit. That is not to say they are bad – I just don’t know.

I highly doubt that you could see any difference is smoothness between 2 and 3 flutes. That blade will be spinning at 20,000 rpm or more. If it takes a minute to make a pass, I don’t think you will see any difference between 40,000 and 60,000 cuts.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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MyFathersSon

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 01:08 AM

Thanks for the replies—
I guess what I am trying to figure out – is -
what (if anything) would make the WoodRiver bit worth 30% more than the Porter Cable.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 07:08 AM

Concensus seems to be there would be no apprecialbe benefit to going with the PC other than cost.
Figuring in the gas back to the store to return the WoodRiver bit plus the shipping on the PC It occured to me that $10 difference would pretty much disappear.

-- Those who insist it can't be done - should politely refrain from interrupting those who are doing it.

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#4 posted 12-02-2010 08:34 AM

The PC may not stand up like the other bit would over time. I’ve been buying mostly Infinity Router bits lately and have been very happy with those. What I really like is checking a few days per week and finding the sales. Got a 1/2 shank 3/4” straight bit for around 5 bucks that was reguraly like 25 or so. Of course, I usually by most of my stuff online though, always searching for good deals :)

I’ve used a few freud, bosch, skill, pc and infinity router bits and the skil and pc are at the bottom of my list. Seems they just don’t stay sharp long at all.

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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