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Forum topic by Frank V posted 01-24-2011 09:01 AM 6657 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Frank V

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01-24-2011 09:01 AM

I am in the process of purchasing router bits (as needed) for use in my new Triton and Ridgid routers. In the past I purchased what was available at the Depot I ran in the past. In no way am I a professional woodworker but I do believe that the quality of the cut makes all the difference. Anyway, my question to all of you men and women out there is ….What brand of bits do you like to use and just as important who do you stay away from and why? I know this will most likely confuse me even more but I like to do my research before I buy anything. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 01:54 PM

I buy mostly Freud, Infinity, Bosch, Milwaukee, Whiteside. I try to catch them at really cheap prices online or at ebay when I can. I tend to stay away from B&D, Skil, PC and a few other ones.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 02:49 PM

My view is pretty similar to Kevin’s. My preference is for Infinity, Whiteside, Eagle America, Freud, CMT, Amana, ....all are top notch premium cutters that are readily available, cut cleaner, last longer, use excellent materials, and have an excellent reputation. I watch the sale prices, and try to buy them when the deals are good. I’ve heard that Milwaukee bits are made by Freud…I bought one on sale last summer but haven’t had a chance to use it yet (it does look just like the Freud 2+2 panel raisers). Price Cutter and Katana are fairly high quality imports that seem to do a better job than the average bargain bits. On occasion I’ll use bargain import bits from MLCS, Woodline, and Woodcraft when the application isn’t as critical and I can’t justify a higher cost bit.

I tend to avoid Ryobi, Skil, Hickory, HF, Grizzly, PC, Rockler and other no-name cheapie bits for a combination of reasons, but mainly because I don’t feel they’re worth the asking price relative to other options. I think the quality is sub-par on the Ryobi, Skil, Hickory, and HF, while the Grizzly, PC, Rockler tend to be overpriced for what they are.

For me it’s not just about cut quality, but safety as well…I’ve witnessed a piece of carbide coming off a cheap bit and embed itself in a wall.

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 03:06 PM

There are some bits that you will use a lot. For me, that’s the straight bits and the round over bits. I try to get the best I can find for those bits (Whiteside). For other bits, I’ll compromise the quality a little to save money, but I never buy the cheap bits. I like the Katana in this category. This category includes coves bits, rabbet bits and other seldom used bits. I usually prefer to cut rabbits, fados and grooves with a dado stack on my TS.

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

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Jeff in Huntersville

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 03:17 PM

Several threads on this already. Do a search.
If I want a bit right away I’ll go to my Woodcraft and buy a Whiteside. For different ones and if I can wait or

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 03:46 PM

I have had real good luck with the full set from They are a little cheaper(in price) but the quality is right up there with the big boys who charge a lot!!

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Frank V

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 10:36 PM

Thank you all for your input. I have purchased a couple of bits from Whiteside and like them so far. Kevin, you say you like Freud bits…don’t they also make the “Diablo” ones that are sold at HD? If so what do you think about those. I can always get a good price but not sure how they match up to others.

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 11:16 PM

I’ve long held that Freud disgraced itself by putting their name on the Diablo junk at HD. I use Freud products all the time, but I never would use the Diablo. Its junk as are almost all blades and bits sold at HD.

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 11:56 PM

I found my set on this site. Great quality for the price.

-- Toolphan

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#9 posted 01-25-2011 12:10 AM

mcase – Freud’s Charles McCracken told me that the Diablo, former Avanti, and Freud Industrial blades are made on the same equipment with the same materials to the same standards. The only difference is selection and amount of carbide. If you like the performance of the Freud Industrial blades, you’ll like the performance of the Diablo blades as well.

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#10 posted 01-25-2011 12:22 AM

I’ve got a few diablo bits that I paid 2 bucks for on ebay, they are flush trim router bits triple fluted. Hey, for 2 bucks each that was a steal. I’ve used them quite a bit and haven’t had any problems with them. I don’t have any experience with the other by diablo.


-- Williamsburg, KY

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#11 posted 01-25-2011 04:45 PM

I’m kind of answering your question backwards, but I like buying some of the cheap bits sometimes, if it’s a type I’ve never used before. I don’t want to drop a lot of cash on something if I’m not sure I’ll use it. So I check for deals and often buy Skil bits. They’re pretty crap, but they’re also ridiculously cheap and work fine for a few uses for sure. It’s been a good learning session for me- some of the bits I thought looked really useful in pictures turned out to be so-so and some of the others that I was on the fence about but unimpressed with turned out to be what I find most useful. Once I decide I have a true need for a real bit in that shape and size, I go to a dealer for it. I use HerSaf first and then check more consumer outlets if they don’t make that type.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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