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Forum topic by richardchaos posted 11-12-2017 01:43 PM 330 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2017 01:43 PM

Does anyone have any opinion on Yonico router bits. I have seen some comments on Amazon I find hard to believe. Such as them exploding apart and a 1/2 shaft bending…

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#1 posted 11-12-2017 02:58 PM

I own two including a rather large lock mortice bit.

I bought the mortice bit with the assumption I would only need it rarely, but I’ve been using it more than I had intended.

Cut is reasonable and construction (no crappy brazing of the carbide, poor machining, etc.) to be found.

I think they fit the “you get what you pay for” adage, reasonable quality at a reasonable price.

Good QC is the responsibility of the manufacturer. These import bits probably don’t get a very rigorous screening and more turds will slip through then say with Whiteside bits. Inspect closely and if all look good, the bits will do their duty.

A bent shaft is easy enough to do if the bit gets caught and throws a part, though I’d guess the Yonico bits don’t use the best tool steel.

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#2 posted 11-12-2017 03:25 PM

I’ve never used them but have I purchased 80 pieces set low-cost router bit set from eBay and recommended them to a dozen or so students that have never had a problem with them.

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#3 posted 11-12-2017 05:23 PM

This is an image send in on a comment on Amazon. Its hard to believe!

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#4 posted 11-12-2017 05:24 PM

Also hard to buy this guy has the money for a festal router but cheaps out on the bits!

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#5 posted 11-12-2017 05:34 PM

Why in the world would you not just stick with the name brand bits that have proven themselves over and over.

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#6 posted 11-12-2017 06:03 PM

I wouldn’t personally stack a bunch of slot
cutter bits on a 1/4” shank. The user was
may have been trying to cut a big rabbet topside
in one pass. Those slot cutters usually only
come with one bearing for a fairly deep cut.
That’s just a dumb setup.

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#7 posted 11-12-2017 06:44 PM

I had one of the Yonico bits and it was OK but used it on stuff where I knew I could hit something. I normally buy just Freud or Whiteside bits.

Secondly, I use primarily 1/2” thanks. Only 1/4” thanks for small diameter bits.

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#8 posted 11-12-2017 11:59 PM

I have them but only in 1/2 shank. Never had an issue and like others thought I would use them on a rare occasion and instead use them more often. To date none of the 9 I own have had any issues. Use them for most generic projects. For that rare masterpiece I have some whiteside ones I would use.

I use 1/4 shank for my small trim router. These are small diameter bits for roundovers and such.

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#9 posted 11-13-2017 12:16 AM

I have a handful, generally, ones I don’t use frequently.

I have had a bearing come loose though. It started making a crazy noise, so I was able to shut the router off before it caused any project or tool damage. Otherwise, they’ve been fine. Not the best, not the worst.

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