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Forum topic by steve6678 posted 11-22-2012 03:27 AM 7133 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2012 03:27 AM

Which do you have the best results with? And be honest…

I have quite a few bits and always try to use WhiteSide, but when they either don’t have free shipping or are too damn high or “out of stock on Amazon”, I get MLCS, which I’ve found to be very good bits at a discounted price.
I can’t say they are equal to WhiteSide, but a close compare! Which have found to be the BEST bits (I) have ever used…WHITE SIDE, no doubt.
I’ve tried some of the top ones; Liberty-Line, MLCS, Freud, Amana, CMT, Eagle, Onsrud.

I may have missed some, but it always shows in the cut, when you go and work with the bit of choice.
I, myself, for me, found WhiteSide to be the smoothest, sharpest, cleanest cut I ever had from a NEW bit.
I also use a bit set from CHINA that my X-girl got me for a present, 99 bits, only 2 of them broke in mid-spin and nearly killed me, but I still use em’, they are so many different profiles, I use them, clean them, TRY to sharpen them, then throw them away.
The 1/4” straight bit that broke hit the wall then my cheek on my face.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!


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#1 posted 11-22-2012 03:32 AM

As far as SPIRAL BITS go, I have WhiteSide in my slot-mortser, 3/8” & 1/4”. They were reasonable and why wouldn’t I get the best for a good price.
They cut like (seriously) butter.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#2 posted 11-22-2012 03:32 AM

Yea ,Whiteside makes good bits. I like the Freud quadra cut round over bits, Extremely clean cuts on even fuzzy wood mans less sanding.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#3 posted 11-22-2012 03:35 AM

See, that’s what I want to hear…If different profiles work better on other brands.
But, if ya never tried Whiteside on that profile we will never know.
I like Freud bits, sharp as @#$%!

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#4 posted 11-22-2012 03:39 AM

Here’s my own findings:

Whitesides are the best I’ve used, but they’re not alone at the top. I also have some CMT and Freud bits that perform just as good. For sources, I use mainly hartville tool for whitesides. Free shipping no matter the order size. Another whiteside source is holbren. Both are excellent sources, cheaper than amazon and have free shipping (holbren at $75).

I’ve used mlcs bits and they don’t compare too closely to whitesides IMHO.

About 8 years ago, I bought a 40 piece set of ryobi bits. They are dark blue in color and worked well for me. I still have a bunch of those left. Newer ryobi bits are crap.

Edit to add: For spirals, I use end mills. They cut just as good and with the right type (regular length two flute carbide end mills) you can’t even tell the difference from carbide bits. Here's where I get mine.

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

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#5 posted 11-22-2012 03:46 AM

yup, Hartville and Holbren. I was looking for a 3/8” Spiral some time ago and both had them back-ordered.
I like to get my slot mortise bits in the same shaft as the cut diameter, so i needed a 3/8” cutter, up-cut, with a 3/8” shaft and a collet adapter. I finally got it from Hartville after emailing and asking.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#6 posted 11-22-2012 03:49 AM

I like to get the length on the Spirals as router bits, so I can use them without a collet extender in my slut-mortiser.
nice tip.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#7 posted 11-22-2012 03:49 AM

yes whitesde is really smooth so is Infinity CMT but relly like the whiteside

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#8 posted 11-22-2012 03:51 AM

Sharpest bits I ever touched with my fingers, sharp as hell. And last long.

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#9 posted 11-22-2012 04:13 AM

I get great results from my Whitesides, Infinity, and Eagle America bits. My MLCS bits are really good when they’re new, but don’t seem to hold up as long.

I’d like to give the Freud Quadracut bits a whirl sometime…their 2+2 panel raisers work great….it’s pretty much the same technology on a smaller diameter bit.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 11-22-2012 04:46 AM

I like the Whiteside, the MLCS are not as good, I got some Porter Cable bits from Rockler online clearence & I am very impressed with them. The first bits I ever used, decades ago, were Craftsman. I still use them sometimes, they held up. I have some Rockler bits, no complaints at all.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#11 posted 11-22-2012 04:56 AM

yeah I have Porter Cable Dovetail bit and straight bit that came with the Dovetail jig, they are good bits

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#12 posted 11-22-2012 05:06 AM

I have several Milwaukee bits that perform very well and can be had cheap if you catch them right. They are made in Italy, and I have seen speculation they are made by Freud, but I don’t know that for sure. I have a 3/4 inch radius roundover bit that I just used for the first time yesterday, and it went through oak with just my 1-3/4 HP router in a single pass without any problem. Only paid $10 for it on sale. I also have some of the Milwaukee bits that I have used a lot and they still cut great.

I do have several Whiteside bits also and they are great.

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#13 posted 11-22-2012 05:06 AM

That’s odd about holbren being backordered; several times when I’ve ordered, they drop shipped directly from whiteside.

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

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#14 posted 11-22-2012 05:23 AM

I have a lot of freud but what matters to me is the number of cutters. I’ve got an ogee cutter with 4 blades on it. Boy does that cut fast and smooth and in larger bites. That’s pretty much what matters to me.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#15 posted 11-22-2012 03:17 PM

Very hard to beat Whiteside.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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