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Forum topic by Carloz posted 11-17-2017 01:57 PM 900 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Carloz

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11-17-2017 01:57 PM

For around $20 I can buy a set of 5 Rybi straight router bits or one Freud
I am unsure Freud will last 5 times longer but I assume a bit longer than Ryobi. Do you know by how much?


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#1 posted 11-17-2017 02:10 PM

I have been woodworking quite a few years and will for a number more. I buy either Whiteside or Freud. I really like the Freud Quadra Cut for a lot of things. More experience…yes but in long term worth it…IMHO

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#2 posted 11-17-2017 02:20 PM

I find the cuts are cleaner with premium router bits which means zero sanding. YMMV

Whiteside is worth the extra cost

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#3 posted 11-17-2017 02:25 PM

I think a cheapo combination set is good if you have a variety of needs and limited funds.

However, the bits won’t last near as long and won’t be as sharp, well balanced, or precise.

I bought an MLCS combo set years back which is serviceable, but I’m replacing the bits with better ones (Freud, Whiteside, Eagle America, CMT, Amana) as I have the funds.

I’d stay away from Ryobi bits. Every drill bit, driver bit, or blade I’ve seen from Ryobi has been utter trash. I made the mistake of picking up a combo pack of forstner bits before I knew better. They are absolute garbage.

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#4 posted 11-17-2017 02:36 PM

http://www.carbideprocessors.com/whiteside/router-bit-sets/

Or MLCS
https://www.mlcswoodworking.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/smarthtml/pages/setgateway.html

I have Ryobi bits and use them on occasion, but on good projects I use Whiteside bits.

Good luck on your decision.

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#5 posted 11-17-2017 04:44 PM

Better bits tend to give cleaner cuts, less chatter, less tearout, have better bearings, burn less, last longer, are worth resharpening, and in general are just nicer to use. The only Ryobi cutters that I’ve ever used that I thought were worth a dam were the original stock blades on the Ryobi BT3000….made by Freud. Sometimes lower cost bits can make sense for less critical applications, but there are several better choices than Ryobi IMO.

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JADobson

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#6 posted 11-17-2017 05:43 PM



Shouldn t matter on the price. Buy one that was made here in the states

- lovemycountry

You assume we are all Americans. Fortunately some of us live elsewhere and don’t fall for the silly protectionism rampant down there.

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dschlic1

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#7 posted 11-17-2017 05:45 PM

I have had good luck with Yonico router bits.

I also have some Whiteside, for me they are the same.

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#8 posted 11-17-2017 06:04 PM


You assume we are all Americans. Fortunately some of us live elsewhere and don t fall for the silly protectionism rampant down there.

- JADobson

Yes fortunately you live elswhere. Please don’t visit.

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#9 posted 11-17-2017 06:17 PM


You assume we are all Americans. Fortunately some of us live elsewhere and don t fall for the silly protectionism rampant down there.

- JADobson

Yes fortunately you live elswhere. Please don’t visit.

- OSU55

Awesome response, OSU. Tasteful and to the point.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#10 posted 11-17-2017 07:28 PM


You assume we are all Americans. Fortunately some of us live elsewhere and don t fall for the silly protectionism rampant down there.

- JADobson


Your country has had favorite nation status for a long time, but you don’t object to that. You flood our market with lumber with no concern for our native lumber industry. You drive up our prices and protect your own country. It’s all a question of FAIR trade. Get on the program. We are not going to carry you forever. As I recall, it was you guys who would drive across the border to buy cases of beer and tobacco.

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#11 posted 11-17-2017 10:00 PM

Bought these a while back and have had great results. Killer price for a good variety of of bits if you’re not sure what exactly you’re looking for. If you find that you’re using a select few, you’ll know which ones to buy better quality next time. Case is of decent quality, as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Pro-700596-Router-Wood-40-Piece/dp/B00TV33OIM/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&ref_=yo_ii_img

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Rich

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#12 posted 11-17-2017 10:05 PM

a1Jim posted a link in another router bit thread to an 80 piece set on eBay for $90. The impressive thing was they all had 1/2” shanks. He said he recommends it to his students and that after they figure out which ones they use regularly, they can upgrade those bits to a name brand like Whiteside.

Made total sense to me.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#13 posted 11-17-2017 10:26 PM

I have—in the past—given in to the temptation to save money by buying cheap router bits.

One bit had stripped threads and would not hold the bearing on.
One bit snapped in half the first time I used it.

I also once heard a story (from a source I trust) of a guy who had a carbide tip fly off in use, hit his leg, and sever an artery. Guy bled to death before paramedics arrived.

For these reasons, I don’t buy cheap bits any more.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#14 posted 11-17-2017 10:49 PM

Great thread, thank you Folks

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#15 posted 11-17-2017 11:06 PM

Few years back I bought the Skil 30 bit set from Lowes when they had it on sale for $49. It has been…usable.
I got what I paid for, and although some of them are no longer sharp enough, I still use quite a few of them.
I would never pay $99 for the set, but $49 was a pretty good deal.

And I notice that JADobson lives in Saskatoon. Actually had to look that one up.
I hope you like your liberal leadership. Wait, he’ll drive you people into the dirt – give him time.

Maybe you people could stop coming “down” across the border to get better medical care than you can get in Canada, and clogging up our system, among other things. You do have nice lumber, though.
Canada is a beautiful country to visit, but I would never want to live there.
Damn, I love being a conservative…let the games begin!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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