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Forum topic by BigRedwood posted 04-29-2013 01:32 AM 1168 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2013 01:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router question bits brands

Hey everyone, I haven’t been on in a bit but I am back and I have question! Surprising for a new craftsman right? Anywho I have been looking at router bits and i just need to know, is there a brand that is a cut above the rest? Yes, pun intended. I have a friend off mine who swears by anything from Diablo but, from what I have heard Bosch isn’t that bad either. I have seen a number of economy sets from Ryobi, Skil, and Vermont American. So what’s the scoop? What do you all prefer to use in your shop as far as bits go?

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 01:53 AM

Lots of quality options out there. I use Freud, CMT, and Lee Valley bits myself, because thats what’s locally available for me, but I know there are many other top tier brands to be had. Whiteside comes to mind.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 02:22 AM

IMO… Eagle America and MLCS/ PriceCutter bits are very good..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 04-29-2013 05:54 AM

Whitesides are the best, freud and CMT are also great bits, but I usually find better deals on whitesides from hartville tool or holbren. MLCS bits are ok; good if you want to try a new profile and don’t want to invest a lot. Bosch are good bits too, but pretty expensive. Most of eagle’s made in the usa bits are private label whitesides; though not the pricecutter line.

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

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#4 posted 04-29-2013 06:10 AM

Good thread! I was wondering if Infinity was any good and if anyone
has used them?

I have a CMT but haven’t used it yet, but it was recommended as good brand and Nite Walker
says it’s good so that’s another good mark for CMT

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#5 posted 04-29-2013 09:44 AM

I was wondering if Infinity was any good and if anyone has used them?

For those who don’t know, Infinity was started by David Venditto, the son of Carlo Venditto who was the former president of Freud USA, and found of Jesada, and then CMT USA.

Infinity, Whiteside, and the Eagle America bits made by Whiteside are definitely a cut above… the best I’ve used. Freud and CMT are good too. Bosch bits are as expensive as those so I don’t bother. I’d avoid the economy sets you mentioned….MLCS, Priceline, Woodline, Woodriver, Stone Mountain, and Grizzly are good value bits when the price is right.

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

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#6 posted 04-29-2013 10:01 AM

Kind of depends on what you’re doing. But if you want to some of the best for cabinet work, I wouldn’t look much further than Sommerfeld. Marc has done a a great job on his bits (I’ve redone my entire kitchen using Marc’s bits). As mentioned already, Whiteside are my second favorite. I actually own a number of MLCS bits which I buy for special purposes and when I know I’m not going to be using them on a regular basis.

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#7 posted 04-29-2013 05:23 PM

There are many brands of router bits available. It depends on what you want. There are many professional manufacturers that most people never hear about. We hear about the Freud’s, Skil’s vermont American, etc. There are companies like Oshlan, Carbide Processors, ICS that furnish high quality bits for industry. If that is what you want or need, be prepared to pay the price. I’ve had good success with Whiteside, CMT and even Bosch. They won’t break the bank.

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#8 posted 04-30-2013 11:56 AM

++ 1 whiteside


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