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Forum topic by ScottKaye posted 02-04-2014 01:22 AM 3938 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2014 01:22 AM

Since the Orange Big Box carries these, I know some of you have used them. Are they any good? I am totally frustrated with the woodtek aka woodcrap boxed set of router bits that i have. They burn and their cut is far far from supieror and these are bits that have low miles or should I say inches on them. I ran to HD tonight to pick up a Diablo 1/4” round over bit and was shocked at the price. Nearly $30! I could order a whiteside bit for that amount. Right above the Frued bits were a set of Ryobi’s 4 for 19.99. I was too paranoid to buy those since they are probably the same quality as my woodtek crap and are made in China. Anyway, I bought the Diablo because I needed it now but am starting to suffer from buyers remorse. Just need a couple feel good comments about the Diablo bits and I’ll crack it open and use it! HA



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#1 posted 02-04-2014 01:27 AM

I like them, I’ve bought a few of them. They are pricey. But they do last.

I destroyed a 2” straight bit hitting staples..$30 down the drain!

I picked up some MLCS i think, 5 in a box. Crap. The first one lasted for maybe 10 minutes. I’m still using the rest, but they burn and aren’t very sharp i don’t think.

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 01:27 AM

As far as roundovers, i have a craftsman set I’ve had for over a year, and use quite a bit, not problems. It was cheap too for 4 of them.

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#3 posted 02-04-2014 01:28 AM

Dunno about the round over, but I did buy the pattern top bearing bit and got sticker shock… or I would have except the wife paid for it along with her stuff, (Amazing what you can slip in without being seen).

So far it seems to work pretty well but I did need to slow the router down a bit on the walnut I was cutting.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#4 posted 02-04-2014 01:28 AM

Thats a +2 diablo :)

@Dallas. I gotta try that trick with my wife. I think the key is to distract her at the checkout. Maybe I can bribe my kid to throw a tantrum or something at the crucial moment

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#5 posted 02-04-2014 01:29 AM

Hey Scott. I have a couple of their bits. 3/8 X 1.5L and a 3/8 pattern bit. Never a problem. There are some green router bits floatin’ around this area that aren’t supposed to be that great, but I’ve always heard good things about the Frued stuff. Hope this helps.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 02-04-2014 01:29 AM

+3. thanks guys.. so not junk then.. I’ll keep it

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#7 posted 02-04-2014 01:36 AM

On the matter of big box bits my local Menards just swtched from Tawain Bosch to Italian CMT. I have, use, and. Enjoy the CMTs that I picked up on clearance at Woodcraft some years back.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#8 posted 02-04-2014 01:51 AM

Sadly, no Menards in the Northern Virginia area that I’m aware of

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#9 posted 02-04-2014 02:01 AM

Scott, I got the whole set of Whiteside roundover bits for $95 off Amazon.

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#10 posted 02-04-2014 02:01 AM

Iv’e bot the Freud Quadra bits and they are worth the price.
About the same price as yours.
from the local Rockler store.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#11 posted 02-04-2014 03:49 AM

I have 3 raised panel and 3 different profile style and rail sets from Freud, 4 different lengths of pattern bits, Freud, and 5 round overs from Freud, the largest round over is 1 1/2” radius, 10 years ago it was $138.00 +tax. I used it on 64 ft. of 3” glue laminated Red Oak and it was still sharp enough to slice my thumb open when I took it out of the table mounted router.
Freud bits will take 3-4 sharpenings over your lifetime and still have plenty of carbide left.
If I only want to buy a bit once I buy Freud and yes you can by good bits for less but I trust these bits to do it right each time I chuck one. They are an investment.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#12 posted 02-04-2014 04:01 AM

I’ve been using Freud bits for many years. I buy most of them at Woodworkers supply.

I’ve been down the woodtek (and many other economy brands) route (pun intended).

IMHO higher quality bits give your more value over the long haul. I do clean my bits when I notice any burning.

-- Nicky

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#13 posted 02-06-2014 02:30 AM

I have been using a round over bit just like, well mine was 3/8 maybe, ive made about 35 cutting boards and did the roundover on them. they were 12 by 15 witch comes out to about 310 feet of use, and it is still going strong, better than a new craftsman bit. well worth the price. they are cheaper at the woodworkers shop then any where else around where I live at

-- Measure once, cut , measure again, cut and damn its still to short

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#14 posted 02-06-2014 03:06 AM

There’s a Freud employee who used to post at and has said the Diablo bits are the same as the standard Freud bits, just have a different coating color. Despite that, I’ve always bought Freud. I have a project that calls for a bit I don’t think I’d use a lot and I’m gonna get the Diablo version.

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#15 posted 02-06-2014 12:58 PM

The bit worked 300% better than the woodtek bit that I had tried previously. I am getting some occasional minor burning (very minor) on inside corners but that is most likely because of the project I am currently working on (rounding over stretchers 3/4” wide and about 1 1/2” apart with spacer blocks in between.) Overall I am satisfied with this bit. I probably should invest in a flat diamond hone to keep the bit sharp.


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