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Forum topic by Ajs73 posted 11-12-2017 09:30 AM 1042 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ajs73

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11-12-2017 09:30 AM

Hi all, just wanted to get some opinions
on the quality of Forest City Router bits.
(Subsidiary of Vermont American) I don’t know why nobody wanted them
but I picked up 64, 2 flute straight bits at
an auction + some drill bits & cutting discs
for $5. Lucky me. I don’t think I’ll need 64 straight bits so I’ll likely sell 50 or so but have no idea about
price that’s a good deal for me & the buyer.
(Yes I know anything will be a good deal for
me but auctions support my tool &
material budget) Any info on quality or value is greatly
appreciated. Bits have rubber coating over
the business end if you can’t tell in pic.


Thanks again

-- Andy, NE Ohio


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Rarebreed68

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 11:23 AM

After doing a quick web search, and finding very little pricing info, my suggestion would be to look up Whiteside bits of the same type.

(I did see a mention where Whiteside Machine was founded by Forest City.)

You shouldn’t have a problem selling them for 1/2 to 1/3 of retail IMHO.

Hope this helps. Nice find by the way.

-- EARTH FIRST! We'll log the other planets later. Trust your neighbors, but brand your calves. Opinion worth price charged.

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ToddD

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#2 posted 11-12-2017 02:03 PM

Great score!

As far as I know Forest City was never associated with Vermont American (perhaps you’re thinking of DML).
Unfortunately, Forest City went out of business a few years ago. They made high end cutting & boring tools for industry (their brad point bits cannot be beat, and their router bits are first rate as well, although they had limited profiles). A few of the machinists from Forest City left to form Whiteside to make and sell an expanded catalog of router bits – to the ever blossoming woodworking community – using the same technique that Forest City developed.

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Rarebreed68

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 03:33 PM

As far as I know Forest City was never associated with Vermont American (perhaps you’re thinking of DML).

Todd, looking at the bit packaging, it has “subsidiary of Vemont American” printed on it.
I wasn’t aware of the association before now either.
Whiteside or Amanna router bits are my preferred choice because their durability and quality of assembly.

-- EARTH FIRST! We'll log the other planets later. Trust your neighbors, but brand your calves. Opinion worth price charged.

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 11-12-2017 05:37 PM

I stick to well known proven brand name bits.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Ajs73

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#5 posted 11-13-2017 10:38 AM

Thanks for all your feedback. I try to
use proven brands myself but for a
$5 investment I’ll keep 14 & sell 50.

-- Andy, NE Ohio

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