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Forum topic by handystanley posted 01-15-2013 08:57 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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handystanley

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01-15-2013 08:57 PM

Need to purchase a rabbeting bit set…any recommendations. It must be 1/2” shank and be able to rabbet a 1/2.”

Thanks.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA


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live4ever

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 09:04 PM

Can’t go wrong with Whiteside sets. I tend to stick with Whiteside unless I get a really good deal on something else, especially for bits that will see a lot of use. The sets include different bearings for different depth of cuts.

1903 ~$25 4 depths 1/4 – 7/16 by 16ths (doesn’t do 1/2” so won’t work for you)
1955 ~$45 8 depths 1/8 – 1/2 by 16ths
1960 ~$50 5 depths 1/2 – 3/4 by 16ths

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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ChuckV

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 09:04 PM

I’ve had this one from LV for a few years and have been very happy with itL
http://www.leevalley.com/US/Wood/page.aspx?p=30112&cat=1,46168,69435,46176&ap=1

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 12:24 AM

I’ve got a CMT that I’ve had forever, no complaints.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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handystanley

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 01:40 AM

Thanks everyone…I was wondering about the CMT line of bits. This time though I just may go with Whiteside.

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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Straightbowed

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#5 posted 01-16-2013 01:50 AM

whiteside is the cats meow cmt is overpriced infinity has the mega set

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

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handystanley

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 02:01 AM

So how are the bits from Infinity?

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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Loren

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#7 posted 01-16-2013 02:22 AM

I have a CMT. Had it for years. Works fine.

I bought some CMT boring machine bits from
http://routerbitworld.com and the prices and
(esp.) shipping were reasonable.

You’ll see if you look around that some of the
larger diameter bits from some makers have
less steel in the business end, being machined
from narrower pieces of stock with larger
(if any) flat sections on the sides.

I own bits by CMT, Jesada, Freud, Lee Valley,
Whiteside, MLCS and other lesser known
import and domestic brands. I started
buying them when 1/2” shank bits were
hard to find and only CMT had a good
selection. They all work fine, but the
attention to detail in the European ones
seems the best.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 01-16-2013 02:22 AM

I have the Infinity set, Stan, and I stand by them. I also have a Grizzly purple set and it’s nowhere close to the Infinity quality. Everything I have purchased from Infinity, router stuff and sawblades, has been well worth the money and totally dependable.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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live4ever

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 02:24 AM

I have a fair amount of Infinity bits. I usually end up buying them when they are overstocked or on mega sale. Honestly I can’t tell any difference between my “silver” bits (Whiteside and Infinity), but the Infinity prices are at least on par or sometimes even more expensive than Whiteside. A large proportion of Infinity bits are made outside of the USA, so coupled with the comparable, if not higher prices, it becomes an easy choice for me.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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NiteWalker

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#10 posted 01-16-2013 02:25 AM

+1 on this CMT set. I’ve had it for years with no problems.

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

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kizerpea

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 01:43 PM

I have the freud 32-524 will do the 1/2 rabbet an more.

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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JesseTutt

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#12 posted 01-16-2013 01:54 PM

I have had for many years both the CMT and Woodline sets and both have performed above expectations.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Straightbowed

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#13 posted 01-16-2013 03:52 PM

I just love whiteside bits they cut so smooth

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

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 01-16-2013 03:59 PM

Another happy user of the Freud set.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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handystanley

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#15 posted 01-16-2013 04:20 PM

Regarding the Freud Rabbet Bit set…....what is up with all the bad reviews?? Was there an issue in manufacturing or production at one time that has since passed?

http://www.amazon.com/Freud-32-524-8-Inch-Rabbeting-Bearing/product-reviews/B0000225ZP/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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