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Forum topic by TerryCLE posted 02-20-2018 03:12 PM 941 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TerryCLE

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02-20-2018 03:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: router bits yonico bosch freud mlcs buy amazon value

Has anyone used these? Amazon has good reviews of these. Scary low pricing makes me hesitant but MLCS, Freud and Bosch have about the same range of reviews so makes me think that they are good value.


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jonah

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#1 posted 02-20-2018 08:48 PM

I have one of their solid carbide straight bits. It’s pretty nice, but I’ve only used it a couple times. It cuts well so far.

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 09:05 PM

I have bought several of the Yonico bits. I bought them with the understanding they would be disposable. But so far, they’ve all been good bits. They’re all bits that I don’t use extremely regularly but I have used a couple of them more than I thought I would and haven’t had any issues. I would rank them with MLCS and Freud bits. They’re not Whiteside but for the price, they’re a solid value IMO.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Lazyman

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#3 posted 02-20-2018 10:02 PM

Ditto what Kenny said. I’ve got several Yonico bits and have so far not had any problems with them.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Jimintomahawak

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 12:19 AM

I have them too. I run them slower than the good bits. I can see a finish difference between Yonico and and Freud’s. White side works best for me. Mostly red and white oak.

-- Laziness drives creative thinking...

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 02-21-2018 03:58 PM

I’ve bought several for bit styles that I need. but will use rarely. Saved about 50% over the equivalent Whiteside.

They cut well and seem to have good brazing to hold on the carbide, but time will tell if the carbide is good quality. The pilot bearing on one is getting rough after only a few uses, probably a cheap Chinese bearing. The carbide seems smaller, probably to lower costs. The balance seems good, but not perfect.

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caboxmaker

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#6 posted 02-21-2018 05:45 PM

Terry, there are quite a few reviews of Yonico right here on this site. Do a search…

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BoardButcherer

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#7 posted 02-21-2018 06:31 PM

I’ve got a few of them and they’ve worked well so far.

I’ve actually been picking them up preferentially since I’m just starting out. The low cost means I can grab them any time I need them, they seem like they’ll last me a good while since I’m not doing any repetitive production-type work and by the time I wear them out dropping $60 on Freud bits, one at a time, won’t be a big deal.

I won’t be using any in 5 years, I think, but right now they fit the bill for an amateur.

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Woodknack

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#8 posted 02-21-2018 06:35 PM

Throwaway Chinese brand for cheap Chinese bits. No better or worse than any of the other chinese brands.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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woodworm1962

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#9 posted 02-21-2018 06:35 PM

I have used them a lot. And have had no issues!

-- No one likes the truth...

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woodworm1962

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#10 posted 02-21-2018 06:38 PM

I have a draw full of them and while they may be made buy Chinese Political prisoners they were very happy Chinese Political prisoners that day they made mine and they seem to be proud of their work… For me anyways

Now these are med small bits i do not think I would buy a large like raised panel cutter from them


Throwaway Chinese brand for cheap Chinese bits. No better or worse than any of the other chinese brands.

- Rick_M


-- No one likes the truth...

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kdr152004

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#11 posted 02-22-2018 02:48 AM

Their plywood dado bits have worked nicely for me. I set my expectations lower for these compared with e.g. Freud bits.

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jonah

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#12 posted 02-22-2018 04:28 AM

I only have the one bit, but it’s definitely a step above the cheap Chinese crap bits sold by sears, ryobi, and the like.

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Charlie H.

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#13 posted 02-22-2018 01:03 PM

I see a much bigger difference in cut quality with saw blades that I do router bits.
The router bits I use most are 1/2” Whiteside and Freud, but I have a set of 1/4” Ryobi bits and they work fine too.
If I continue to buy for need I will most likely stick with Whiteside and Freud.
If I suddenly decide I need a set right now, I would try the Yonico bits.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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aravenel

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#14 posted 02-22-2018 03:38 PM

I’ve got a couple I bought for one-off usage (bits I didn’t expect to need for more than 1 or 2 projects). They are fine for what they are. Only issue was I dulled the carbide on one pretty quickly, but that one had a bunch of still-wet PT lumber run through it, so that doesn’t surprise me too much. It did it’s job, and I don’t have any plan to use it again, so I was OK with that.

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knotscott

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#15 posted 02-22-2018 04:28 PM

If you’re building a dog house or shop cabinets it probably doesn’t matter much, but some routed edges are visible and very difficult to correct if there’s a problem, so the quality of the cut can be critical, depending on what it is. The more critical the piece, the less risk I’m willing to take with the bits. Whiteside, Infinity, Eagle America, Freud, CMT, Amana are all top shelf bits. I’d rather own fewer profiles of higher quality bits.

I’ve had acceptable results with lesser Chinese bits, but when you considered the cost of the wood, the other tools involved, your time, the increased safety risk of lesser bits, and the value of the end project, I just don’t see much point in trying to save some decimal dust in the overall cost considering the risk of higher tear out, burning, failure, or injury.

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