Stone Mountain Router Bit Quality?

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Forum topic by woodyk72 posted 06-28-2011 06:43 PM 5485 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-28-2011 06:43 PM

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Has anyone used Stone Mountain Router Bits? I am curious about the quality. I just received an email with a bunch of sets on sale. They look nice and are priced very affordably. If anyone can give me a little insight that would be great. Heres a link to the special in case anyone is interested.

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 07:16 PM

Here is the link from the original post. in case anyone is interested

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 08:01 PM

In working wood professionally, I have found that cheaper carbide bits are
very acceptable for lots of work. When you spend more, you may get
a better grade of carbide and sharper cutters, which means less sanding.

For millwork bits like door sets you may want to invest in something
higher quality like Freud.

I find big sets over-rated. It’s worth getting a set of straight cutters
and a set of roundovers, and maybe coves, but that’s about it – otherwise
I’d say just buy them as you need them.

Still, if you just want to have enough bits to execute a good range of
work while you’re learning the craft without running out to buy new
bits all the time, a big set can be a good buy I suppose.

In the set you’re looking at there are 4 45 degree chamfer cutters,
which seems redundant to me. I’d rather have one chamfer in 1/4”
and 1/2” shanks than four in one shank size.

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#3 posted 06-28-2011 08:38 PM

I really like the Sommerfield sets but most of my collection is Woodline, Freud, or (hide your eyes) Skil. I tend to buy them as I need them and Lowes/HomeDepot are often my only choice. I’ve got a Sommerfield Shaker set and the diffence in quality is immediately noticeable. I bet these bits would work just fine; you just might have to do a little scraping.

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 09:12 PM

These will almost certainly be manufactured in asia.I cannot see them as being top quality if thats what you need or even medium quality I suspect you have done a wise thing asking.I hope you find someone who has a set and can comment on the hardness of the tungsten, re whether they bunt up pretty quickly or hold an edge.
It might be worth getting a cheap set to try them out their not expensive anyway. I would however pay little heed to these bogus massive savings being offered as thats just an old sales gimmick to wet the appetite. Alistair

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#5 posted 06-28-2011 09:51 PM

No hands on experience with these, but the Stone Mountain bits should fall into similar quality categories as MLCS, Woodriver, Rockler, Grizzly green, and Woodline….all decent grade Asian-made import bits, so I’d compare the Stone Mountain pricing with those competitors.

Bits like MLCS’ Katana line, Price Cutter, Grizzly purple, and Bosch are a step up IMO. Infinity, Eagle America, Freud, Whiteside, Amana are all top shelf bits. There are reasonable arguments in favor of all three categories depending on what you want to accomplish and what your budget is. I’m not a big fan of spending premium money for large quantities of budget bits though.

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