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03-01-2012 03:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router

Knowing as such that most of my fellow LJs are from North America, I thought that I would check a claim made on a local supplier’s site.

They claim, and I quote.

Since their launch in 1998 these premium cutters are now the best selling cutters in North America.

Various products can be found on their site, for an example click here

Can anyone from the USA, Canada or Mexico attest to this claim? Even anecdotally?

They may have a different brand name in your respective countries, but I thought I would just throw this out there to LJs and see what came back.

-- Rod, London UK


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#1 posted 03-01-2012 04:40 PM

Never even heard of ‘em.
Bill

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 04:47 PM

Just like cafe’s have signs saying they have the world’s best coffee…

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 04:53 PM

I remember seeing the name somewhere, don’t know anyone who has ever tried or used one in Canada.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 05:07 PM

Rutlands.co.uk?

For what it’s worth, I like these cutters. They work well and remove whisker thin shavings. Affordable too.

Don’t know about the marketing BS. Amana seems to be the big brand on that side of the pond.

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 06:13 PM

renners, yes rutlands, I have bought some things from them before and the service is very good.
I just thought that as I have access to thousands of LJs, I would ask the question.
I have found it difficult to compare their products though as it seems like for some things they must put agreements in place with manufacturers and just re-brand it with their own monika (Like Dakota or Tornado), but I don’t know for sure, so that could be complete BS from me there.
Generally I am not opposed to that kind of thing, you know Sainsbury’s own label and Tesco’s finest etc, but I guess with that you know that you are getting a rebadged product.
So claiming to be the best selling brand in North America made me think about it.

At the end of the day though, if you have used them and reckon they are good, and good value, what more can one ask for?

-- Rod, London UK

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 06:35 PM

Rod,

I do give those router cutters 10/10. I have a raised panel door set, Cove set and a half dozen 1/2” bits. I can’t fault any of them. They leave a clean cut, they don’t chatter and are much more affordably priced than the Trend cutters – which I don’t buy now ‘cause they are so expensive.

I believe they are made by a company called Craftex.

I’m waiting for the ‘Dakota’ sash cramps to go on special again, Rutlands state that they are made in the same factory as the leading brand – so that’s obviously Record in Sheffield.

The Parallel cramps are exactly the same as the ones from Axminster, apart from the plastic-injection-moulding-machine-granule-loading-operative is instructed to load blue granules instead of green.

So this would lead me to believe that Rutlands stuff is most likely rebadged stuff from established manufacturers.

I used to work in packaging and can tell you that Tesco’s crisps are made by Golden Wonder and Marks and Spencer Cheesy Puffs are made by Walkers.

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 07:40 PM

Its a clever play on words from them, it’s actually a true statement but they are referring to the shape of the bits and not the brand. Tornado don’t exist on this side of the pond !(i’ve never seen them and I know my tools !) a friend in the UK had already told me about this company and this claim. They should really be reported on this as it’s a misleading statement. The bits are made in China.

-- Bob, OH

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#8 posted 03-01-2012 08:36 PM

Next time a have a dealing with Rutlands, I will quiz them about this.

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#9 posted 03-01-2012 09:07 PM

at least they could spell cutters correctly in the ad…

After seeing the ad, I think they are sold in Canada, Busy Bee maybe?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#10 posted 03-01-2012 09:14 PM

Never heard of em.
No need to try as holbren and hartvilletool take care of my router bit needs (whiteside).

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#11 posted 03-01-2012 09:14 PM

Yes, they are Busy Bees finest. Clever use of the word ‘Tornado’ to conjure up the imagery of whirling, rotating and speed, whereas the reality is they are made in China by

Chengdu Valuemax Tools Manufacturing Co., LTD
No. 9 Hongda Road, Wenjiang Zone
Chengdu Science Development Park
Chengdu CN

isn’t the internet marvellous?

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#12 posted 03-01-2012 09:51 PM

Great research, thanks.
I actually was talking to Rutlands on the phone the other day about another order and just as an aside I asked when one of these cutters was going to be in stock (I can not remember exactly which one) and the guy said that they would not be in until mid March as they get shipped from America (maybe they import from busybee in Canada wholesale rather than China for some reason) I did really think about it much at the time and did not quiz him any further. Then when I was looking again and read the advert I guess I just assumed that they were actually made somewhere in North America.
I guess that was an incorrect assumption to make and maybe a bit of wishful thinking, what isn’t made in China or the far east somewhere these days???

Anyway, I guess it does not matter too much, although I do feel a bit mislead.

Thanks again.

-- Rod, London UK

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