Harbor Freight "4 Piece Face Molding Router Bit Set"

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Forum topic by Kean posted 12-04-2013 02:08 PM 2260 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2013 02:08 PM

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Has anyone here tried Harbor Freight’s “4 Piece Face Molding Router Bit Set”?

I noticed it on the rack at my local HF the other day while checking out their Black Friday sale. From a purely visual standpoint, it looked far better than I expected for HF bits. They were clean, sharply painted and nicely packaged. I wasn’t able to check the bearings or anything else, as they were in a heavy plastic casing, but the $59.99 price tag is tempting.


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#1 posted 12-04-2013 02:29 PM

I like Stumpy’s analogy that going to Harbor Freight is like a casino, you put your money down and take your chances.

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 02:29 PM

the hf router bits I’ve used i have been very disappointed in. ya they look good but the carbide they use is more like butter than steel. i like to use harder woods than balsa so i would say if you don’t want waste your money buy a better brand.

I’ve had good luck with Eagle America and MLCS…. might look at them too if your in the market for these type of bits


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#3 posted 12-04-2013 09:24 PM

Bondo: Yeah, That’s a definite.

Gary: I’m familiar with both. 90% of my router bits are MLCS. I love ‘em. But the HF price is tempting since I don’t have a current use for them, just more of a “desire to play around with” so the cost of MLCS or Eagle is too much. (And don’t even get me started on Freud’s prices!)

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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